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No. 2 Men's Hockey Blanks Merrimack, 7-0

Senior Tim Kelleher earned his second shutout of the season in a 7-0 victory over Merrimack.

Senior Tim Kelleher earned his second shutout of the season in a 7-0 victory over Merrimack.

Nov. 7, 2002

Box Score

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The No. 2 Boston College hockey team defeated Merrimack College, 7-0, Thursday night at the Volpe Center on Merrimack's campus. The win keeps the Eagles undefeated at 6-0-1 (3-0 HE), while Merrimack falls to 2-4-1 (1-2 HE).

The Eagles stormed out of the gates, scoring three goals in the game's first 10 minutes.

Freshman Patrick Eaves opened the scoring at 3:28 of the first period, collecting a pass from junior Ben Eaves at top of the crease to slide the puck into the net. Junior Tony Voce also collected an assist on the score.

Sophomore Andrew Alberts tallied his first goal of the season at 7:34 on a blazing wrist shot from the point. The power-play goal was assisted by sophomores Dave Spina and Ned Havern.

Junior Justin Dziama scored his first goal of the season to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead less than 1:15 after Alberts' tally. Dziama gained the puck at the Merrimack blue line, streaked into the zone and beat Warrior goalie Joe Exter for the goal. Senior Bill Cass and junior Brett Peterson registered the assists.

The Eagles extended their lead to four on Peterson's second goal in as many games. Peterson's tally - a wrist shot from the blue line at 15:09 of the second period - was assisted by sophomore Ryan Murphy and junior Ty Hennes.

Murphy tallied his second goal of the season at 2:15 of the third period, with Hennes and Stephen Gionta picking up the assists. Gionta's assist was his first collegiate point.

Ben Eaves, returning from a rib injury, tallied his second goal of the season on a backhand shot assisted by Voce and Patrick Eaves to increase the lead to six.

Hennes closed the scoring - notching his third goal of the season - at 12:46 into the third.

Senior Tim Kelleher made 13 saves in net for his second shutout of the season. Kelleher has six career shutouts.

Tonight's win was number 650 for Head Coach Jerry York. York is currently sixth on the winningest coaches in NCAA history list. York will move into fifth place when he notches his 656th career victory.

The Eagles return to action Tuesday, Nov. 12, when they travel to Providence to face HOCKEY EAST rival Providence College. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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