Feb. 28, 1998
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Freshman forward Brian Gionta scored four goals and added one assist to lead Boston College to a 7-3 HOCKEY EAST win over UMass-Lowell before 4,975 fans at Kelley Rink.
Gionta is the first Boston College player to score four goals in one game since Bill Guerin netted four goals against Northeastern on February 17, 1991. Guerin is now playing for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.
With the game tied 3-3 after two periods, Boston College exploded for three goals in a 2:49 span early in the last period to secure the victory. Gionta put the Eagles ahead at 3:57 with his third goal of the game, and notched his final goal on the power play at 5:30. Junior forward Marty Reasoner, who had already assisted on three goals, made the score 6-3 with a power-play goal at the 6:46 mark. Sophomore Jeff Farkas closed the scoring at 13:08.
Boston College (21-8-4) opened the scoring on sophomore Tony Hutchins' goal at 8:59 of the first period, before UMass-Lowell tied the game on Chris Bell's goal at the 10:00 mark. BC regained the advantage -- on Gionta's first goal -- at 15:33.
The River Hawks notched the first two goals of the middle period to take a 3-2 lead. Brad Rooney evened the score with a power-play goal at 4:44, and Bell scored a shorthanded tally at 9:45 to give the visitors the lead. BC's Gionta tied the game with the period's last goal -- a man-advantage goal at 13:58.
Reasoner finished with one goal and four assists, while sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau had three assists.
BC freshman netminder Scott Clemmensen gained his 17th win of the year, making 21 saves. Martin Fillion (32 saves) and Scott Fankhouser (two saves) split the goaltending duties for the River Hawks (13-15-3).
GAME NOTES: Boston College, which has clinched home ice for the quarterfinal round of the HOCKEY EAST playoffs, has now won its last five games ... Special teams played a key role in the game. BC scored three power-play goals, while UMass-Lowell notched two power-play goals and one shorthanded tally.
at Kelley Rink (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
UMass-Lowell (13-15-3)..... 1 2 0 - 3
Boston College (21-8-4)...... 2 1 4 - 7
SCORING: First Period: BC, Tony Hutchins (Jamie O'Leary, Bobby Allen) 8:59; ML, Chris Bell (Mike Nicholishen, John Campbell) ppg 10:00; BC, Brian Gionta (Andy Powers, Marty Reasoner) 15:33. Second Period: ML, Brad Rooney (Shannon Basaraba, Anthony Cappelletti) 4:44; ML, Bell (Doug Nolan, Jeff Boulanger) shg 9:45; BC, Gionta (Mike Mottau, Reasoner) ppg 13:58; Third Period: BC, Gionta (Reasoner) 3:57; BC, Gionta (Mottau) ppg 5:30; BC, Reasoner (Mottau, Allen) ppg 6:46; BC, Farkas (Gionta, Reasoner) 13:08.
SAVES: ML, Martin Fillion (53:08) 32 saves, Scott Fankhouser (6:52) 2 saves; BC, Scott Clemmensen (60:00) 21 saves.