BC Falls to Union 5-1 In NCAA East Regional
March 31, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Josh Jooris scored the only goal of the opening period, then opened a three-goal second stanza that included two scores in the first one minute, four seconds of the frame as the third-seeded Union College Dutchmen raced past second-seeded Boston College 5-1 in the NCAA East Regional semifinal before 6,253 fans in the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The loss concludes Boston College's season while Union moves on to face Quinnipiac, which beat Canisius earlier in the day in the East Regional final on Sunday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. for a berth in the Frozen Four.
Union, which converted 3-of-7 man advantage opportunities in the contest and held the Eagles' scoreless on their seven power-play chances, tallied a 35-30 advantage in shots, including a 27-14 combined advantage in the first two periods.
Junior goaltender Troy Groseneck recorded 29 saves for the victors. BC senior goaltender Parker Milner registered 30 saves in the losing effort. He fell to 22-11-4 and concluded his four-year career 64-20-5.
Jooris scored the game's first goal - the only goal of the opening period - at 9:25, then ignited a scoring burst early in the second period, notching his second goal of the game just 39 seconds in. Junior Cole Ikkala increased the lead to three goals 25 seconds later - at 1:04 - and defenseman Shayne Gotstisbehere scored on the power play late in the period as Union claimed a 4-0 lead after two frames.
The Dutchmen increased their lead to 5-0 on Daniel Ciampini's power-play tally in the sixth minute before BC's Johnny Gaudreau scored the lone goal for the Eagles at 16:02 for the 5-1 final.
Team Records: Union 22-12-5; Boston College 22-12-4
Game Notes: Union's opening goal marked the first time in BC's last 11 NCAA tournament games dating back exactly five years (March 30, 2008) to a 4-3 overtime win over Miami that it did not score the game's first goal. The Eagles went 10-1 in those games ... BC's senior class, which captured four Beanpot titles, three Hockey East Tournament championships, two league regular-season titles and two NCAA championships, concluded its stellar four-year careers with a combined record of 114-40-9.