Oct. 9, 2010
BOSTON - Sophomore forward Steven Whitney broke a scoreless tie with 7:19 left in the third period and senior goaltender John Muse registered 35 saves to lead No. 1 Boston College to a 2-0 season-opening victory over Hockey East opponent Northeastern before a sellout crowd of 4,666 fans at Matthews Arena.
Muse stopped 12 shots in the first period, 16 in the second and seven in the final frame to earn his ninth career shutout.
Steven Whitney snapped the tie on the power play, receiving a cross-ice feed from older brother Joe Whitney and snapping a low-angle shot from near the goal line past Northeastern goaltender Chris Rawlings. Junior forward Jimmy Hayes also assisted on the goal, which broke 52 minutes, 41 seconds of scoreless hockey.
Rawlings stopped 33-of-34 Boston College shots faced in the losing effort. Both teams finished with 35 shots in the contest.
BC senior alternate captain Brian Gibbons netted the insurance goal into an empty-net with 9.7 seconds remaining.
BC finished 7-for-7 in penalty-killing situations, killing six penalties during a second-period in which the host Huskies outshot the Eagles, 16-11.
Next, Boston College travels to Denver for two games - Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.
Team Records: Boston College - 1-0-0, 1-0-0 HEA; Northeastern - 0-2-0, 0-2-0 HEA
Game Notes: BC took its timeout with 42.7 seconds remaining in the third period ... The Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak at Matthews Arena, capturing its first victory since March 8, 2008 ... BC opened the season with a shutout for the first time since the 2002-03 opener at Massachusetts (Oct. 13) ... The Eagles improved to 12-5 in season-opening games under head coach Jerry York.