#1 Eagles Advance To Hockey East Semifinals
March 10, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Brian Dumoulin netted the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second period and junior goaltender Parker Milner recorded 33 saves to lift top-ranked Boston College past Massachusetts, 3-2, to capture a two-game sweep of the Hockey East quarterfinal series in front of 3,946 fans at Kelley Rink.
Massachusetts opened the scoring with a Conor Sheary goal at 2:54 of the first period before the Eagles countered with two first-period goals of their own.
The Eagles relinquished the lead on a Joel Hanley power-play goal at 18:03 of the second frame, but Dumoulin put the Eagles back ahead to stay just more than one minute later - at 19:11.
The Eagles were outshot in each period and Massachusetts finished the game with a 35-22 edge.
Milner's 33 saves helped him improve to 23-5-0 on the season.
Minutemen freshman goalie Kevin Boyle made 19 saves in defeat. He falls to 8-7-4 for the year.
The Eagles move on to the Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden on Friday, March 16. The opponent and team are to be determined.
Team Records: Massachusetts 13-18-5; Boston College 27-10-1
Game Notes: The victory marked BC's 13th straight win, equaling the longest win streak in the Jerry York era (1994-present). BC previously won 13 games in succession from Feb. 15, 2007 to April 5, 2007 ... Massachusetts took an early 1-0 lead on Sheary's goal at 2:54 of the opening period, marking the first time in 687:56 dating back to Jan. 27, 2012 (spanning 13 games) that Boston College has trailed an opponent. The Minutemen's lead lasted 1:31 ... The Eagles have now won 10 straight Hockey East tournament games ...This was the eighth straight sweep of an opponent in the quarterfinal round, including the past three over the Minutemen ... Sophomore Bill Arnold's assist on the Carey tally was his 15th of the year and gives him 30 points on the season ... Milner recorded his first career point with an assist on the Dumoulin goal.