Nov. 30, 2012
BOSTON - Top-ranked Boston College trimmed a two-goal deficit on a Pat Mullane power-play goal late in the second period, but host Boston University increased its lead back to two goals early in the third period and maintained that advantage through an eventful final few minutes as the ninth-ranked Terriers beat the Eagles, 4-2, on Friday night at Agganis Arena.
BC and BU, meeting for the second time in November, will conclude the two-game weekend series - and three-game Hockey East regular-season series - Saturday night at BC's Kelley Rink.
Mullane scored the visitor's only goal of the first two periods at 16:42 of the middle stanza to cut the BU lead in half - at 2-1 - before Terrier freshman Matt Grzelcyk scored a wraparound goal at 1:46 of the third period for a 3-1 advantage.
BC pulled goaltender Parker Milner (30 saves) late in the game while on the power play in favor of an extra attacker, but it was BU senior Wade Megan who struck first, scoring into an empty net with 1:39 left in the game.
BC sophomore Johnny Gaudreau accounted for the final tally of the night at 19:36 for the 4-2 final, a loss that snapped BC's 10-game win streak and a five-game win streak at Agganis Arena dating back to January 2009.
Boston College outshot Boston University 18-14 in an up-and-down - yet scoreless - opening first period.
BU junior Garrett Noonan scored the game's first goal at 9:04 of the middle stanza and sophomore Evan Rodrigues doubled the home team's lead at 16:04.
Mullane notched his seventh of the season just 38 seconds later.
Boston University goaltender Matt O'Connor stopped 35 shots to improve to 6-2-0 on the season.
Milner falls to 10-2-0. He suffered just his second loss in his last 31 games.
The teams will conclude the two-game home-and-home weekend series at Boston College's Kelley Rink tomorrow night. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by the NBC Sports Network.
Team Records: Boston College 10-2-0, 8-2-0 Hockey East; Boston University 8-4-0, 6-3-0 HE