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Gerbe's Hat Trick Leads Men's Hockey To 6-2 Victory Over Boston University

Nathan Gerbe (right) celebrates his first of three scores against Boston University Friday in Kelley Rink

Nathan Gerbe (right) celebrates his first of three scores against Boston University Friday in Kelley Rink

Nov. 30, 2007

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior forward Nathan Gerbe tallied three goals - two shorthanded - to lead Boston College to a 6-2 Hockey East win over Boston University before 7,884 fans in Kelley Rink.

BC began the night quickly, scoring three goals in a 2:17 span of the first period. Gerbe opened the scoring at 5:10. Senior Pat Gannon doubled the BC margin at 6:32 on his first goal of the season, and Gerbe netted the first of his two shorthanded tallies at 7:27.

BU junior Brandon Yip narrowed the difference to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 12:09.

The host Eagles scored two second-period goals to claim a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Ben Smith (one goal, one assist) scored at 4:48, and junior Andrew Orpik netted a power-play goal at 18:45.

Each team netted one third-period goal. Gerbe completed his hat trick with a shorthanded goal at 3:35. BU senior Pete MacArthur answered with a power-play goal at 9:17.

BC freshman John Muse made 33 saves to earn his fourth collegiate win. BU sophomore Brett Bennett made 25 stops, while senior teammate Karson Gillespie stopped eight shots.

Team Records: Boston College: 4-4-5, 3-3-4 Hockey East; Boston University 4-8-2, 3-4-1 HE

Game Notes: Gerbe's hat trick marked the first of his career and first for a BC player since Jan. 12, 2007 when classmate Benn Ferriero scored three times in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack. It also marked the first time a BC player scored twice in shorthanded situations since March 25, 2006 when former Eagle Joe Rooney netted a pair of shorthanded goals in the team's 5-0 victory over Boston University in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in Worcester, Mass. ... Gerbe has now scored seven shorthanded goals in his career ... Sophomore Ben Smith has recorded one goal and one assist in each of the last two games and owns a six-game point-scoring streak ... Junior forward Andrew Orpik has scored one goal in each of the last two games ... Freshman defenseman Nick Petrecki tallied his second assist of the season and first since the team's season opener against Michigan in the Ice Breaker in St. Paul, Minn. ... Gerbe, Petrecki, captain Mike Brennan, freshman Brian Gibbons (two assists) each registered a plus-four rating. Gibbons tallied his third multiple-point effort of his young career.

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