March 1, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Pat Mullane, Michael Matheson and Steven Whitney each scored one goal and goaltender Parker Milner stopped 24 shots to lead No. 4 Boston College to a 3-2 Hockey East victory over Providence before 2,089 fans at Schneider Arena.
Matheson led all players with one goal and two assists while Mullane (one goal, one assist), Whitney (one goal, one assist) and sophomore Johnny Gaudreau (two assists) all tallied multiple-point performances for the victors, which remain tied atop the Hockey East regular-season standings with UMass-Lowell with three games remaining on the schedule before playoff competition.
Four of the game's five goals were scored in the middle period.
After a scoreless opening stanza, the visiting Eagles capitalized twice on a five-minute power play early in the second period - and gave up a shorthanded goal - to take a 2-1 lead.
Mullane opened the scoring on his 15th goal of the season at 2:30. Matheson doubled the lead on a one-timed, 50-foot slap shot for his seventh of the year at 3:48. After Providence forward Ross Mauermann scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to halve the BC lead, Whitney put the Eagles back up by two on a blistering slap shot for his league-leading 21st goal this season.
PC's Nick Saracino scored the lone goal of the third period - a power play tally - at 3:54 for the 3-2 final.
The Eagles outshot the Friars, 34-26, including a 19-8 advantage in the second period. BC finished 2-for-5 on the power play while PC went 1-for-4.
The Eagles and Friars will conclude the two-game, home-and-home series at BC's Kelley Rink tomorrow at 4 p.m. The game will be televised by NESN.
Team Records: Boston College 19-9-3, 14-8-2 Hockey East; Providence College 13-11-7, 11-7-6 HE
Game Notes: BC killed 1:15 of a 5-on-3 PC power play early in the third period ... Matheson's three points matched his career high. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound defenseman previously tallied three assists in 3-3 home tie against Yale on Jan. 4 ... BC is 15-0-3 in its last 18 meetings against Providence.