March 3, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Four Eagles registered one goal apiece and junior goaltender Parker Milner stopped all 26 shots he faced to lead top-ranked Boston College to the 2011-12 Hockey East regular-season championship with a 4-0 league win over Vermont before 6,340 fans at Kelley Rink.
The league title marks the program's second straight, sixth under head coach Jerry York and record 12th overall. The Eagles, the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Hockey East Tournament Championship, will host No. 8 seed Massachusetts in a best-of-three game quarterfinal series Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11.
BC scored once in each of the first two periods and scored twice in the final frame to seal the team's 11th victory in succession. Tonight's game also marked the team's third shutout in the last four contests.
Freshman Destry Straight put the Eagles on the board first with a goal in the 19th minute of the first period.
Junior Chris Kreider doubled the Eagle lead when he scored an even-strength tally at 6:50 of the second period. Straight assisted, marking his first multiple-point performance.
Junior Pat Mullane put the Eagles up 3-0 when he buried a feed from freshman Johnny Gaudreau at 14:31 of the third period. Sophomore Bill Arnold completed the scoring with an empty-net goal at the 19:10 mark of the final frame.
Milner stopped every shot he faced in his 59:10 to capture his 21st victory this season. He was relieved by senior Chris Venti for the game's final 50 seconds.
Vermont goalie Rob Madore stopped 28 shots in the loss.
Team Records: Vermont 6-27-1, 3-23-1 Hockey East; Boston College 25-10-1, 19-7-1 HE
Game Notes: Boston College honored its eight-member senior class - D Tommy Cross, F Barry Almeida, F Tommy Atkinson, Mgr. Chris Malloy, Mgr. Samson Lee, D Edwin Shea and G Chris Venti - prior to faceoff. The group improved to 102-42-10 in their four seasons at The Heights ... The Eagles held the Catamounts scoreless on five power-play opportunities and enter the postseason 20-for-20 on the penalty kill over the last six games ... Meanwhile, BC was held scoreless on its two power-play chances tonight, snapping a streak of 12 straight games in which a power-play goal was scored.