Oct. 19, 2012
AMHERST, Mass - Sophomore Johnny Gaudreau swatted home a loose puck out of midair at 3:37 of the overtime period to punctuate a furious Boston College comeback and lift the third-ranked Eagles to a 5-4 Hockey East victory over Massachusetts before 7,678 fans in the Mullins Center.
Gaudreau gathered a rebound of his own short-side shot, pivoted behind the net and found defenseman Patrick Wey in the high slot. Wey passed the puck to Pat Mullane, whose shot from the doorstop deflected high into the air. Gaudreau knocked the mid-air rebound in with 1:23 left in overtime.
Mullane, who scored twice late in the third period to force overtime, tallied his 100th collegiate point on the overtime winner. He has 28 goals and 72 assists in 127 collegiate games.
Down 3-0 entering the third period, the visiting Eagles outscored the host Minutemen 4-1 in the third period, to force overtime. Junior Bill Arnold and sophomore Destry Straightscored consecutive goals at 1:11 and 8:26, and, after Massachusetts regained a two-goal lead on Darren Rowe score at 9:35, Mullane scored two goals less than 50 seconds apart - at 16:44 and 17:54 - to force overtime.
Junior forward Kevin Hayes and senior defenseman Patch Albereach recorded two assists in the third-period comeback.
Massachusetts forward Rocco Carzo netted one goal in the first period and one goal in the second period. Connor Allen sandwiched a power-play tally in between to lift the Minutemen to take a 3-0 lead into the final frame.
Boston College out shot Massachusetts, 42-24, including a 21-6 combined advantage in the third-and-overtime periods.
Senior Parker Milnerrecorded 20 saves to earn his first victory of the season and the 43rd of his career. UMass goaltender Steve Mastalerz recorded 37 saves in the losing effort.
Next, Boston College will host Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 20 in its 2012-13 home opener. BC will pay its final tribute to last year's national-title-winning team prior to faceoff.
Team Records: Boston College 1-1-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East; Massachusetts 1-1-0, 0-1-0 HE
Game Notes: Mullane matched a career high with two goals and three points. The Wallingford, Conn., native also scored twice in the team's 6-1 win at North Dakota last October ... BC emerged victorious after a three-goal deficit for the first time since a 4-3 win at Providence on Feb. 28, 2009 ... the overtime victory marked a first for BC since Bill Arnold scored with 6.4 seconds left in overtime to lift the Eagles to a 3-2 win last February in the Beanpot championship game.