March 16, 2012
BOSTON - Freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau broke a 2-2 tie on the power play early in the second period and junior forward Steven Whitneyscored at the eight-minute mark of the third period to lead top-ranked Boston College to a berth in the 28th Hockey East Tournament championship game with a 4-2 victory over Providence at TD Garden on Friday night.
Junior goaltender Parker Milnerstopped 27 shots to earn the victory, a win that marks the team's 14th in-a-row and gives the top-seeded Eagles their third straight berth in the league tournament's title game.
BC will face Maine, which beat Boston University 5-3 in Friday's second league semifinal, on Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
Both teams scored twice in the opening period.
BC's Paul Carey opened the scoring just 1:15 into the contest before Providence forwards Kaib Barrett and Derek Army tallied consecutive scores at 2:28 and 4:33 to take a 2-1 lead. BC freshman forward Destry Straight tied the game at 2-2 with assists to Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreiderto conclude four-goal first period.
Gaudreau's gamewinner came at 3:58 of the middle period - just 13 seconds into the game's first power play - before Whitney secured the victory more than halfway through the final frame.
BC outshot PC, 34-29, and finished 1-for-4 on the power play. The Friars finished 0-for-2.
PC goaltender Alex Beaudry registered 30 saves in 57:48.
Team Records: Providence 14-20-4; Boston College 28-10-1
Game Notes: BC's 14-game win streak marks the longest win streak in the Jerry York era, surpassing the previous high of 13 wins in succession in 2007 ... The Eagles have won the last 12 meetings with the Friars and are unbeaten in the last 16 (14-0-2) ... BC improved to 49-11-1 in Hockey East Tournament competition under York ... Whitney's goal marked his 13th this season, equaling his two-year combined goal-scoring output entering this season.