Oct. 31, 1997
BC Loses to Merrimack, 6-4
BOSTON, Mass.--Junior right wing Kris Porter scored two goals, including the gamewinner midway through the third period, to lead visiting Merrimack to a 6-4 win over Boston College at Kelley Rink. The game marked the HOCKEY EAST opener for both teams.
With his team trailing 4-3 midway through the final period, Merrimack junior Darrel Scoville evened the score with a shorthanded goal at 10:39. Porter tallied the decisive goal just 25 seconds later at 11:04. The Warriors' Sandy Cohen added an empty-net goal with eight seconds remaining in the contest to secure the victory.
Merrimack led 2-1 after one period, with Porter opening the scoring at 8:32 and senior teammate Martin Laroche tallying a power-play goal at 19:24. BC freshman defenseman Bobby Allen scored his team's first-period goal between the two Warrior tallies.
BC outshot Merrimack, 14-6, in the middle period and netted two goals to even the score at 3-3. Sophomore Jeff Farkas tied the score at 2-2 at 10:36 of the period, before senior Jamie O'Leary gave BC its first lead with a goal at 12:34. Junior Rejean Stringer scored Merrimack's only goal of the period.
Junior Matt Mulhern gave the Eagles a one-goal advantage at 2:58 of the third period, before Merrimack thwarted BC's 37-second 5-on-3 advantage and Porter tied the score with his team one man down.
Merrimack sophomore goaltender Cris Classen made 35 saves. BC freshman netminder Scott Clemmensen finished with 21 saves.
at Kelley Rink (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Merrimack (2-1-0)............. 2 1 3 - 6
Boston College (2-1-0)........ 1 2 1 - 4
SCORING: First Period: M, Kris Porter (Chris Halecki, Rejean Stringer) 8:32; BC, Bobby Allen (Andy Powers) 10:25; M, Martin Laroche (Casey Kesselring, Ryan Guzior) pp 19:24;
Second Period: BC, Jeff Farkas (Mike Mottau, Jamie O'Leary) 10:36; BC, O'Leary (Farkas, Blake Bellefeuille) 12:34; M, Stringer (Halecki, Darrel Scoville) 14:15; Third Period: BC, Matt Mulhern (Rob Scuderi, Ken Hemenway) 2:58; M, Scoville (Laroche, Guzior) sh 10:39; M, Porter (Stringer) 11:04; M, Sandy Cohen (unassisted) en 19:52.
SAVES: M, Cris Classen 35; BC, Scott Clemmensen 21.