March 4, 2011
Updated Playoff Picture
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Cam Atkinson scored two goals and senior line mate Brian Gibbons notched one goal and two assists to lead second-ranked Boston College to a 4-0 Hockey East win over seventh-ranked New Hampshire before a sellout crowd of 7,884 fans in Kelley Rink.
With the win, Boston College vaults into first place in the Hockey East standings, one point ahead of New Hampshire. The Eagles and Wildcats will meet again tomorrow night - at UNH - to determine the league's regular-season champion.
Boston College led 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two periods. The host Eagles recorded three special-teams goals - one on the power play and two while shorthanded.
Gibbons opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 8:34. Atkinson's shorthanded goal at 9:50 of the second period doubled the BC lead.
Atkinson's second goal at 9:25 of the third period was the Eagles' only even-strength goal of the night.
Freshman Bill Arnold finished the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 16:06.
BC outshot New Hampshire 42-12, including 15-3 in the final period.
Senior John Muse made 12 saves to earn his 22nd win and his fourth shutout of the season. It was his 12th career shutout.
New Hampshire goalie Matt DiGirolamo stopped 38 shots.
Team Records: Boston College 25-7-1, 19-6-1 Hockey East; New Hampshire 19-8-6, 17-5-4 HE
Game Notes: Sophomore forward Chris Kreider suffered a broken jaw in the second period ... BC scored two shorthanded goals for the second time this winter and has 12 shorthanded tallies this season ... Joe Whitney recorded his 98th and 99th career assists ... BC played before a sold out Kelley Rink for the third straight game and fifth time in the last seven contests.