BC Falls To BU, 5-3
Dec. 2, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Bill Arnold and junior Chris Kreider each totaled one goal and one assist for the Eagles, but five players scored one goal apiece and senior goaltender Kieran Millan registered 42 saves to lead No. 13 Boston University to a 5-3 Hockey East victory over No. 2 Boston College before a sellout crowd of 7,884 fans in Kelley Rink.
BC outshot BU, 45-15. The visiting Terriers made the most of their chances, striking twice on eight shots in the first period and capitalizing on their lone shot of the middle stanza for a 3-1 lead after two periods.
Each team scored twice in the third period for the 5-3 final. Fifteen penalties totaling 49 minutes were issued in the final stanza.
BU sophomore Charlie Coyle opened the scoring with a power-play tally at 10:15 of the opening period and freshman Yasin Cisse doubled the Terrier lead on a breakaway at 17:03.
The Eagles outshot the Terriers, 23-1, in the second stanza, including 14 shots on seven power-play chances, but could only manage a draw on the scoreboard for the period as sophomore Garrett Noonan scored an unassisted goal at 13:21 to put BU up, 3-0.
BC's Arnold got the home team on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 16:59, redirecting a Tommy Cross shot from the point past Millan for BC's first goal against BU in 96 minutes, 59 seconds dating back to a 3-2 overtime win over the Terriers during last February's Beanpot.
The Eagles appeared to cut their deficit to one goal - at 3-2 - shortly thereafter on a Johnny Gaudreau goal late in the second period, but referee waved it off and the call stood upon video review.
The teams also scored two goals apiece in the final frame with both teams adding both an even strength and a power play goal. For the Eagles, Kreider scored at 14:34 and senior Barry Almeida notched a power play-goal at 17:16. For the Terriers, freshman Cason Hohmann potted the man-advantage goal at the eight-minute mark and senior Corey Trivino scored into an empty net at 16:57.
Thirty penalties totaling 79 minutes were called in the game. The Eagles went 2-for-11 with the man advantage and the Terriers went 2-for-6 on the power play.
BC junior goaltender Parker Milner made 10 saves to take the loss. He falls to 9-5-0 this season. Millan improved his record to 6-4-1.
The teams meet for the regular-season finale tomorrow night - Saturday, Dec. 3 - at 7 p.m. inside Agganis Arena.
Team Records: Boston University - 8-4-1, 6-3-1 Hockey East; Boston College - 10-5-0, 7-3-0 HE
Game Notes: The Terriers attempted four shots on six power-play chances in the game. BU scored on its first two power-play shots ... Milner went 26 minutes between saves; he stopped a Ross Gaudet shot late in the first period didn't record his next save until early in the third period on Max Nicastro. He recorded his first power-play save at 10:24 of the third period.