Men's Hockey Captures Regular-Season Title With Win At UNH
March 5, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore center Pat Mullane snapped a 3-3 tie with 4:53 remaining to lift Boston College to its record 11th Hockey East regular-season championship with a 4-3 win over New Hampshire before a sellout crowd of 6,501 fans at the Whittemore Center.
Juniors Cam Atkinson and Tommy Cross both tallied a goal and an assist while Barry Almeida scored his third goal in four games for the victors, who captured their first regular-season crown since 2004-05 with a 20-6-1 conference record.
Senior goaltender John Muse registered 27 saves, including one on a Mike Sislo shorthanded breakaway attempt while the Wildcats were holding a 2-0 lead. Muse captured the win, his 23rd of the season and the 85th of his career.
Host New Hampshire led 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes. Sislo extended the home team's lead to 2-0 on a power-play blast 38 seconds into the middle period.
BC junior Barry Almeida got the Eagles on the scoreboard with a man-advantage tally at 11:05. Atkinson and Brian Gibbons assisted while defenseman Brian Dumoulin had pivoted, protected and passed to maintain possession in the offensive zone.
Atkinson then buried a breakaway attempt for his 27th goal off the season with 13.4 seconds left in the second period. Dumoulin hit a streaking Atkinson with a pass through the neutral zone to tie the game at 2-2 after two periods.
BC and UNH traded goals in the first 10 minutes of the third period prior to Mullane's decisive tally. Cross lifted BC to its first lead of the game at 3:52 with assists to Paul Carey and Mullane. DeSimone's equalizer at 9:52 concluded the New Hampshire scoring.
Wildcats' junior goaltender Matt Di Girolamo totaled 25 saves, including 10 in the final stanza. He falls to 19-9-6.
Next, Boston College will host Massachusetts in a best-of-three game league quarterfinal series Friday - Sunday, March 11-13.
Team Records: Boston College - 26-7-1, 20-6-1 Hockey East; New Hampshire - 19-9-6, 17-6-4
Game Notes: Boston College is the first team to capture 20 Hockey East wins in conference play. The league adopted a 27-game schedule prior to the 2005-06 campaign ... Both teams finished 1-for-3 in power-play situations ... Dumoulin's second-period assist marked his 47th career assist and his 50th point.