Men's Hockey Downs North Dakota, 5-3
Oct. 29, 2004
Boston College head coach Jerry York became the third coach in NCAA ice hockey history to earn 700 career wins. Now in his 33rd year as a collegiate head coach, York is the winningest active coach in the game.
The Eagles' 5-3 victory over North Dakota (4-2-1) didn't come easy. After BC (3-1-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the second period, the visiting Fighting Sioux scored three unanswered goals to narrow the margin to one goal and bring the 6,856 partisan fans in Kelley Rink to attention.
Freshman forward Dan Bertram, who led second-ranked BC with two goals, secured the victory with an empty-net tally with just 41 seconds remaining in the contest.
Bertram opened the scoring at 3:44 of the first period. Bertram took the puck from the left corner and skated out in front of the net with a defender tightly covering him. UND goaltender Jordan Parise went down as Bertram came across, but the patient freshman held the puck and went top shelf for BC's first tally of the evening.
Junior teammate Stephen Gionta doubled the BC margin at 5:34. Chris Collins served an outlet pass to Ryan Murphy who, along the right side, delivered a great pass to Gionta in the front of the net. Gionta buried the one-timer for his first goal of the season.
Senior Ned Havern made the score 3-0 with a power-play goal at 12:57. Havern's first point of the 2004 campaign came when he took a pass from Patrick Eaves along the right side and went far post over Parise.
Senior captain Ryan Shannon added a power-play goal at 8:03 of the second period to give BC a four-goal cushion. In similar fashion to Havern's goal, Shannon was at the receiving end of a pass from the point and buried it skating towards the net.
North Dakota rallied at the end of the second period. UND freshman Travis Zajac scored at 15:07 to make the score 4-1 after two periods. Sophomore teammate Chris Porter found the net just 1:06 into the final period and then tallied another goal at 12:38 to bring the score to 4-3.
To ice the victory, Bertram gathered a loose puck and scored on an empty net with 41 seconds remaining in regulation.
BC freshman Cory Schneider made 16 saves to earn his second collegiate win in as many tries. UND sophomore Jordan Parise made 21 saves in 59:18.