March 23, 2013
- Boston College scored each of the game's first two goals and led 2-0 in the ninth minute of the second period before Boston University countered with three goals in 5 minutes, 42 seconds of the second period to claim an advantage it would only add to in the third and take a 6-3 win - and hand BC its first loss in TD Garden since March 2009 - before 14,855 fans at TD Garden.
Bill Arnold got the Eagles on the board first with a power-play goal late in the first period - at 18:33 - and Quinn Smith doubled the lead at 8:46 of the middle frame, redirecting a Pat Mullane pass past BU goalie Sean Maguire (44 saves) for his eighth of the year before the momentum shift.
The Eagles, who outshot the Terriers 47-27 in the game, including a 31-16 edge through the first two periods, relinquished the game's next five goals to snap a 14-game Hockey East Tournament win streak.
BU's Evan Rodrigues (12:17), Matt Lane (14:21) and Garrett Noonan (17:59) scored consecutive to close the middle period. Danny O'Regan netted back-to-back power-play goals - at 1:42 and 8:57 - to take three-goal lead (at 5-2).
After Steven Whitney brought BC within two goals at 13:43 of the third period, Rodrigues netted his second of the game into an empty Boston College net to claim the win and a berth in Saturday's championship game.
BC senior goaltender Parker Milner made 21 saves in 58:34 to take the loss.
Next, the Eagles await their NCAA Tournament match-up and destination, which is to be announced on Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m.
Team Records: Boston University 21-15-2; Boston College 22-11-4
Game Notes: Johnny Gaudreau notched his 50th point this season (20 goals, 30 assists) with an assist on Arnold's goal ... BC had killed 18 penalties in a row prior to tonight's game, and the first three against BU tonight before the Terriers scored on three straight power play opportunities ... Tonight's loss marked the first lost for BC's six seniors in Hockey East Tournament competition (14-1).