March 8, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt. -Senior Steven Whitney scored twice - his league-leading goal Nos. 22-23 this season - and Johnny Gaudreau recorded his 40th point of the year as sixth-ranked Boston College skated to a 4-4 tie at Vermont in a Hockey East battle for home ice and playoff seeding before 3,575 fans at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
BC's tie, coupled with a Providence victory at UMasss-Lowell and New Hampshire's home loss to Maine, pits the Eagles tied for third place (with the Wildcats) with 31 points in the league regular-season standings heading into the final game of the season - a rematch of Friday's affair - at Vermont on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Friars and the River Hawks are tied atop the league standings with 32 points, BU is in fifth with 30 points and Merrimack is in sixth with 29.
The Eagles can finished as high as the league's No. 1 seed and as low as the No. 5 seed pending results of tomorrow's games.
Both teams, who were tied at 1-1 after the first period and 3-3 after the second stanza, enjoyed a pair of one-goal leads in the contest before Whitney netted the final equalizer, his second of the game and his league-leading 23rd of the year, at 4:57 of the third period.
Sophomore Destry Straightopened the scoring on the power play early in the contest, just three minutes, 47 seconds in, before the host Catamounts' Chris McCarthy tied the game at 14:06 of the opening stanza.
The Eagles and Catamouts traded a pair of power-play goals to open the second period. H.T. Lenz lifted UVM to a 2-1 lead at 2:48 and BC's Gaudreau tied the game at 2-2 on his 16th goal (and 40th point) at 8:55. Whitney then redirected a Patrick Weyshot from the point for his first of the night at 11:25 for a 3-2 Eagle advantage and Vermont defenseman Caylen Walls tied the game for a third time with a goal at 13:49.
Robert Polesello put the Catamounts up, 4-3, early in the third period (at 3:40) before Whitney tied the game for good just 1:17 later.
BC finished 2-for-6 with a man advantage while Vermont finished 1-for-6. The Eagles outshot the Catamounts, 35-21, including a 13-4 edge in the second period.
Senior goaltender Parker Milnerstopped 17 shots and is 19-9-4 on the year. Vermont goalie Brody Hoffman stopped 31 shots, including an amazing glove save on a Gaudreau backhand 37 seconds in the second period. He is now 11-16-6 this season.
Team Records:Boston College 19-10-4, 14-9-3 Hockey East; Vermont 11-16-6, 8-12-6 HE
Game Notes: The tie snapped a five-game BC win streak in the series ... Whitney's second goal of the night marked his 39th point this season, matching his career high first established during his 44-game junior campaign ... Gaudreau, a sophomore, has back-to-back 40-point campaigns. He recorded 44 points (in 44 games) as a freshman.