March 20, 1998
BOSTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Kevin Caulfield scored two goals, including his first game-winning tally of the season, to lead Boston College to a 7-2 win over Merrimack in the semifinal round of the HOCKEY EAST Tournament at the FleetCenter.
With the score tied 2-2 late in the second period, Caulfield tallied his first goal at 14:59 to put the Eagles ahead. Junior captain Marty Reasoner netted a power-play goal at 18:24 to give BC a 4-2 advantage, and Caulfield closed the periods scoring with a goal at 19:05.
Junior Andy Powers and sophomore Mike Mottau added third-period goals for the Eagles.
BC sophomore Jeff Farkas opened the games scoring at 1:30 of the first period, but Merrimacks Sandy Cohen answered at 3:03 to even the score. Freshman Brian Gionta put the Eagles on top, 2-1, with an unassisted goal at 6:29, but Cohen tallied his second goal of the first period to send the game into the first intermission tied at 2-2.
BC freshman Scott Clemmensen earned his 21st win in net, making 22 stops. Merrimacks Tom Welby (35 saves) and Tim Thompson (seven saves) shared goaltending duties.
Game Notes: Boston College outshot Merrimack, 49-24, including a 22-7 edge in the final period ... With his three points (one goal and two assists), Mike Mottau became the nations top-scoring defenseman. His season totals now stand at 12 goals and 33 assists ... BC converted on 2-of-4 power-play opportunities, while holding Merrimack scoreless in five man-advantage situations ... Brian Giontas one-goal, one-assist effort raised his season totals to 27 goals and 30 assists. His 27 goals ties BCs single-season mark by a freshman (tying him with Richie Smith, who scored 27 goals in 1972-73).