March 9, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau registered a career-high six points - two goals and four assists - and junior linemate Bill Arnold matched a career-high with four points - two goals and two assists - to lead sixth-ranked Boston College to a 7-2 win over Vermont in the 2012-13 Hockey East regular-season finale before 3,751 fans at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The victory secured a second-place finish for the Eagles, who will next host No. 7 seed Vermont in the best-of-three game Hockey East quarterfinal series scheduled for Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17 at Kelley Rink.
BC scored once in the first period and erupted for four goals in the middle stanza to claim a 5-0 lead after two periods. Both teams scored twice in the game's final 20 minutes for the 7-2 final.
Senior Steven Whitney (one goal, one assist) and freshman Michael Matheson (two assists) also recorded multiple-point nights for the Eagles, who captured their 20th victory of the season (20-10-4) to secure the program's 14th 20-win campaign in the last 16 years and the 24th for their coach Jerry York.
Gaudreau connected with Arnold on a 2-on-1 for Arnold's first of the game - and the only goal of the first period - at 14:01.
Gaudreau opened the second-period scoring on the power play at 2:48 and Whitney put the visitors up 3-0 on his league-leading 24th score of the season - also on the power play - at 9:02. Arnold netted his second of the game at 10:33 and Gaudreau concluded the second-period scoring burst with an unassisted tally at 13:45 to lift BC to a 5-0 lead.
After Vermont's Connor Brickley and Christ McCarthy scored consecutive goals for the host Catamounts early in the third period, sophomore Destry Straightscored his second goal in as many nights to put the visiting Eagles back up by four at 9:15.
Freshman defenseman Travis Jekeconcluded the game's scoring with his second goal of the season at 16:55.
Both teams tallied 28 shots on the night. BC finished 2-for-4 on the power play while Vermont went 0-for-4.
BC senior goalie Parker Milnerstopped 26 shots to capture the win - his 20th of the season and the 62nd of his career. Vermont starting goalie Brody Hoffman tallied 16 saves in 30:33 to take the loss. Senior John Vazzano notched five saves in the final 28:22.
Team Records: Boston College 20-10-4, 15-9-3 Hockey East; Vermont 11-17-6, 8-13-6 HE
Game Notes: BC captured the league season series against Vermont, 2-0-1 and extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) ... Gaudreau surpassed his previous high of five points - two goals and three assists - that he recorded in a 6-3 home win over Dartmouth on Nov. 24, 2012 ... Arnold's four-point performance matched a career high that the junior originally set in a 6-3 home win over UMass-Lowell on Oct. 28, 2012. Arnold's two-goal effort marked his second in the last five games and his third this season.