March 7, 1998
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior forward Marty Reasoner registered his first career hat trick to lead Boston College in a 6-6 tie with Northeastern before a crowd of 2,538 fans at Matthews Arena. The game marked the Eagles regular-season finale.
Boston College, which finished in second place in the final HOCKEY EAST standings, will host Providence College in the leagues quarterfinal round. The games will be played at BCs Kelley Rink on Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13 (and Saturday, March 14, if necessary).
Reasoners final goal was his most important tally as it evened the game at 6-6 at 15:55 of the final period. BC led 3-1 after two periods, and Reasoner's second goal of the night extended the margin to 4-1 just 46 seconds into the last stanza. Northeastern responded with two goals, before BC freshman defenseman Bobby Allen scored a power-play goal at 10:43 to put the Eagles ahead, 5-3.
The host Huskies regrouped and scored three goals in a 54-second span to gain a 6-5 lead. Goals at 12:00, 12:16 and 12:54 gave NU the momentum as the game headed into its final minutes. Reasoner, however, completed his hat trick, taking a pass from freshman Brian Gionta and beating NU netminder Marc Robitaille with just more than four minutes remaining.
After NU took a 1-0 lead at 18:33 of the opening period, Reasoner got BC on the board at 19:24 to send the teams into the first intermission even at 1-1. Sophomore forwards Kevin Caulfield and Blake Bellefeuille netted the Eagles two second-period goals.
Boston College (22-8-5) outshot NU, 50-24, in the game. Both teams had four shots on goal in the overtime session.
BC netminder Scott Clemmensen finished with 18 saves. Robitaille made 44 stops and set a NU single-season saves mark in the contest.
GAME NOTES: Reasoners hat trick was the fourth by an Eagle this season. The others to score three goals in one game: sophomore forward Tony Hutchins, Gionta and freshman forward Mike Lephart ... Reasoner's three goals raised his season total to a team-high 27.
He also leads the team with 61 points ... Gionta registered two assists in the tie, bringing his season totals to 26 goals and 27 assists. He currently ranks among the top-scoring freshman in Boston College history. He is third in points, tied for fifth (with Greg Brown) in assists, and tied for second (with Steve Heinze) in goals.
Other Eagles with multiple-point efforts in the regular-season finale were Allen (one goal, one assist) and fellow freshman defenseman Rob Scuderi (two assists) ... Hutchins missed the game because of a separated left shoulder injury. He will also miss the Eagles quarterfinal-round series against Providence, but should be ready for any subsuquent tournament action.