Dec. 7, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Freshman defenseman Michael Matheson scored twice and senior goaltender Parker Milner registered 34 saves to lead second-ranked Boston College, but it was Providence forward Nick Saracino who tied the score at 3-3 with 10.5 seconds left in regulation and the Hockey East teams played to a draw before a spirited crowd of 3,030 fans at Schneider Arena.
The game, the first of two to be played at Schneider Arena this season and the first of three in the league series, concludes the first half of BC's season at 11-2-1 and 9-2-1 in league play. The Eagles will have a 22-day break for exams and Christmas before returning to action against Alabama-Huntsville at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 29.
Boston College led 1-0 after the first period and 2-0 after the second before it was outscored 3-1 in the game's final 20 minutes.
The host Friars outshot BC in the game, 37-29, which included advantages of 13-3 and 15-9 in the first and second periods, respectively. The Eagles, who generated a number of scoring changes during the five-minute overtime session, recorded a 17-9 edge in shots during the third period and overtime combined.
Up 2-0, Providence struck twice - and BC once - in the first two minutes, eight seconds of the third period.
Derek Army got the home team on the scoreboard just 22 seconds into the period, BC's Matheson put the visitors back up two goals - at 3-1 - at 1:56 and PC's Nowl Acciari brought the Friars back within one goal at 2:08 to conclude the scoring burst. The teams played the next 17:48 scoreless until Saracino tied things up.
Milner stopped all 13 shots in the first period and all 15 shots in the middle stanza in the tying effort.
PC goaltender Jon Gillies stopped 26 shots in 64:30.
Sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreauscored the lone goal of the first period - his 11th of the season - at 12:39 and Matheson scored the lone goal of the second period - his first of two goals on the night - at 13:06.
The teams next will meet in a home-and-home series on consecutive nights in early March. The Eagles return to Schneider Arena on Friday, March 1 and host the Friars on Saturday, March 2.
Team Records: Boston College 11-2-1, 9-2-1 Hockey East; Providence 7-6-2, 4-5-1 HE
Game Notes: Matheson recorded a game-high six shots and finished a game-high +2 on the night ... Tonight's tie snapped a 12-game BC win streak against the Friars. It extended the team's unbeaten streak against Providence to 17 games (14-0-3) ... BC coach Jerry York is now 924-559-95 in his 41-year coaching career and is tied with Ron Mason for the most victories in NCAA hockey history.