Dec. 3, 2011
BOSTON - Six players scored one goal apiece, two freshmen - Danny Linell and Quinn Smith - recorded their first collegiate points and freshman goaltender Brian Billett recorded 40 saves to lead second-ranked Boston College to a 6-1 Hockey East victory over No. 13 Boston University before 6,150 fans at Agganis Arena.
Billett recorded 10 saves in the opening period, 22 in the second and nine in the final period to become the first BC goalie to record 40 saves since John Muse registered a career-high 45 saves in a 5-4 triple overtime victory over New Hampshire in the semifinals of the 2008 Hockey East Tournament on March 21.
Linell buried the game's opening goal - the first of his collegiate career - at 5:51 of the first period for BC's first lead of the three-game regular-season series. Smith, who finished the night with two points, assisted on the goal for his first career point.
BU forward Corey Trivino tied the game with 1:04 left in the period before the visiting Eagles erupted for four unanswered goals in the middle frame.
Senior Tommy Cross ignited the scoring burst one minutes, 50 seconds into the second period. The captain received a feed from junior Steven Whitney, weaved through the Terriers defensive zone and roofed a backhand for the 2-1 lead and the eventual gamewinner.
After just more than 12 minutes of scoreless play, the Eagles scored three goals in under three minutes to take a 5-1 lead into the final period.
Freshman Johnny Gaudreau gathered a loose puck and hit Chris Kreider at top speed along the boards. Kreider beat Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan glove side for his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 13:53. Less than two minutes later, Gaudreau put the victors up by three goals, knocking home Brian Dumoulin rebound for his seventh goal of the season.
Bill Arnold punctuated the second-period scoring at 18:24. The sophomore jumped over the boards, received a stretch pass from Dumoulin and ripped a slap shot past Millan for his ninth goal of the season.
Senior alternate captain Paul Carey concluded the scoring with the only goal of the third period at 3:38, beating back-up goaltender Grant Rollheiser who was inserted to play the final period.
The Terriers outshot the Eagles, 41-31, in the contest. Both teams finished 0-for-4 with a man advantage.
Team Records: Boston College 11-5-0, 8-3-0 Hockey East; Boston University 8-5-1, 6-4-1 HE
Game Notes: The team recorded four goals in a period for the third time this season, matching the second at North Dakota (Oct. 8) and the first against UMass-Lowell (Oct. 28) ... BC improved to 8-2-1 in 11 games inside Agganis Arena ...Twelve players tallied at least one point in the win.