No. 1 Men's Hockey Ties No. 7 Lowell, 2-2
Feb. 22, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – No. 1 Boston College weathered a record-setting crowd (7.649) and extended its unbeaten streak to 19 games (17-0-2) with a 2-2 tie at No. 7 UMass Lowell on Saturday night. With the draw, the Eagles matched the longest unbeaten streak of the Jerry York era set in the 2011-12 season.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau netted a power play goal in his fourth-straight contest, stretching his point streak out to 28 games (26-29-55). Rookie Ryan Fitzgerald tallied his 10th goal of the season while senior captain Patrick Brown turned in his second-consecutive multi-assist performance.
Boston College peppered UML goaltender Doug Carr with 43 shots in the draw. BC backstopper Thatcher Demko steered away 28-of-30 River Hawk attempts.
Gaudreau broke it open midway through the second stanza with the power play strike at 10:56, attacking on an A.J. White tripping call at 10:11.
Senior Kevin Hayes generated the play on the cycle, blasting the puck to the front of the net. The disc bounced off of Brown to the near post where Gaudreau was positioned to make the play. Carr was still guarding the left side of the net and Gaudreau lifted the loose disc over his right pad for the 1-0 Eagles’ lead.
On the ensuing exchange, Boston College doubled its lead on a tip in front from Fitzgerald.
Brown was the catalyst for the scoring play once again, digging the puck off the wall and backhanding it out to Isaac MacLeod at the top of the left circle. Fitzgerald saw the open lane and dashed between the circles with no one in front. MacLeod spotted Fitzgerald and tossed it off of his blade for the 2-0 advantage at 12:52.
UMass Lowell cut BC’s lead in half on a power play rip from Adam Chapie at 6:42. First-year forward Chris Calnan was called for a high stick at 6:27 and the River Hawks converted on the ensuing play. A group of River Hawks clogged the middle to obstruct Demko’s view and Chapie saw his chance. Chapie accepted Zack Kamrass’ dish on the left dot and flung it through traffic to make it a 2-1 contest at 6:42.
Two and a half minutes later, UML capitalized off its momentum and tied it up at 9:09.
Kamrass sparked the scoring play again, triggering on Demko from out deep. Kamrass had a clean path to Demko and bounced the puck off his chest into the slot. BC’s defensive corps could not get to the carom in time and White ripped it top shelf to lock it up, 2-2, to force overtime.
In the extra session, the Eagles nearly closed it out on two occasions. Ian McCoshen rang a shot off the pipe 30 seconds into overtime. Fitzgerald followed with a grade-A chance on the doorstep a few exchanges later, but Carr was in position to keep the game a draw.
Despite a scoreless first period, each team posed threats. Chapie nearly broke the scoring drought with three minutes remaining in the first, but the puck fluttered over his stick on a wide open rebound look.
Junior Quinn Smith had the best scoring opportunity on a McCoshen tripping call at 17:25 of the first. Smith jarred it loose along the near wall and almost converted the short-handed strike, but Carr was in position to turn it aside.
Next Saturday, March 1, Boston College and Notre Dame will meet up for the regular season finale at Kelley Rink. The Eagles and Irish faceoff is scheduled for a 4 p.m. matinee and will be broadcast live on the New England Sports Network (NESN).
- Boston College matched the longest unbeaten streak of the Jerry York era with a 2-2 tie at UMass Lowell on Saturday night. The Eagles won 19-consecutive games, culminating with the 2012 national title, from Jan. 27 to April 7, 2012. BC’s current 19-game streak (17-0-2) started on Dec. 6, 2013. Both 19-game unbeaten streaks started with victories over New Hampshire.
- Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 28 games, scoring 26 goals and 29 assists (55 points) in the midst of the spell. Gaudreau is three games shy of matching Paul Kariya’s 31-game point streak he posted during the 1992-93 season when Maine went 42-1-1. The Carneys Point, N.J., native has been held scoreless in only one game this season (Minnesota – Oct. 27).
- Johnny Gaudreau has scored a power play goal in his last four outings and now has 18 for his career. Gauedreau has scored 35 goals this season and is one tally shy of matching Austin Smith’s (Colgate – 2011-12) and Matt Frattin’s (Niagara – 2010-11) totals from prior seasons.
- Patrick Brown has accounted for 10 points (5-5-10) over the course of his last six games and has registered a pair of assists in his last two games.