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No. 2 Men's Hockey Defeats RPI, 4-1, In Ice Breaker

Senior Mike Brennan scored in a shorthanded situation in BC's 4-1 victory over RPI on Saturday

Senior Mike Brennan scored in a shorthanded situation in BC's 4-1 victory over RPI on Saturday

Oct. 13, 2007

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St. Paul, Minn. - Four different players scored a special teams goal, junior center Benn Ferriero tallied three assists and freshman goaltender John Muse made 22 saves to lead second-ranked Boston College to a 4-1 non-league win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the consolation game of the Ice Breaker Invitational in the Xcel Energy Center.

Muse's victory marked the first of his collegiate career.

Ben Smith (1 goal, 1 assist), Nathan Gerbe (1 goal, 1 assist) and Dan Bertram each scored third-period power-play goals en route to the 4-1 win.

With the scored tied at 1-1, Smith netted the go-ahead score - his second goal of the young season - at 10:55 of the third period while Gerbe and Bertram each scored their first goals of the season just 46 seconds apart - at 17:58 and 18:44 - for the 4-1 final.

Gerbe's goal came one minute and 30 seconds into a two-man advantage situation after RPI forwards Tyler Helfrish and Matt Angers-Goulet each received penalties. Angers-Goulet's was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct at 16:32.

RPI (1-2-0) scored its team's lone goal - the first of the game - at 12:05 of an opening period.

The Eagles (1-1-0) finished with a 48-23 edge in shots, including advantages of 18-7 in the first period but it wasn't until the last minute of play that BC senior captain Mike Brennan knotted the score at one goal apiece.

In a three-on-four penalty-killing situation, Benn Ferriero battled with two RPI attackers along the far board as defenseman Tim Filangieri picked up the puck and initiated a two-on-one break with Brennan. Brennan received a pass from Filangieri and beat Engineers' goaltender Jordan Alford with one minute remaining in the period.

Alfond finished with 44 saves in the losing effort.

Freshman forward Joe Whitney, who scored his first collegiate goal against Michigan on Friday, notched two assists in the game.

Game Notes: The Eagles finished three-of-nine in power-play chances and killed all nine RPI penalties. Opponents are 0-of-14 in power-play opportunities this season ... Brennan's shorthanded goal marked the first shorthanded goal of his career. It also marked his first goal since March 24, 2006 in which he scored an empty net goal in the team's NCAA Northeast Regional final victory over Miami (Ohio) ... Freshmen forwards Brian Gibbons and Ryan Hayes each made their collegiate debuts ... BC and RPI met for the 34 th time in series history and the first since Jan. 14, 1997 - a 3-2 Eagle victory.

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