Men's Hockey Completes Weekend Series Sweep With 4-3 Win Over Boston University
Dec. 1, 2007
BOSTON - Sophomore Ben Smith scored three times, freshman goalie John Muse registered 41 saves and junior Nathan Gerbe matched a career-high with four points - one goal and three assists - to lead No. 19 Boston College to a 4-3 Hockey East victory and two-game weekend series sweep of Boston University before 6,224 fans in Agganis Arena.
Muse totaled seven saves in the first period, 18 in the second and 16 in the third en route to his fifth career victory.
Both teams netted two goals in the first period. Gerbe opened the scoring early with a shorthanded goal at 2:06 before the host Terriers (4-9-2, 3-5-1 Hockey East) responded with consecutive power-play scores at 9:56 and 17:53. Smith concluded the first-period from the slot off feed from Gerbe on two-on-one break at 18:37.
The visiting Eagles (5-4-5, 4-3-4 HE) took a one-goal lead when Smith swatted a rebound out of midair for his second score of the game at 12:32 of the middle period.
Each team netted one third-period goal. Smith completed his first collegiate hat trick with a power-play tally at 6:53. BU junior Matt Gilroy answered with a man-advantage goal at 10:21.
BU sophomore Brett Bennett made 21 stops.
Game Notes: Ben Smith's hat trick extended his point-scoring streak to seven games and marked the first time in his collegiate career that he has scored more than once in a game. It also marked BC's second hat trick in as many nights ... Nathan Gerbe recorded four points for the second time in his career. He previously registered four points - two goals and two assists - on April 5, 2007 in the team's 6-4 victory over North Dakota in the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. With three shorthanded goals (in two games this weekend) is tied for first among national leaders in that category. Gerbe finished with seven points - four goals and three assists - in two games against Boston University this weekend ... BC netted a power-play goal for the 11th straight game ... John Muse's 41 saves marked the most for a BC goalie since Cory Schneider made 43 stops against Providence on Jan. 7, 2007.