Nov. 7, 1997
Boston College Trips Up New Hampshire, 4-1
DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman forward Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y.) broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal 5:27 into the third period and junior center Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) added two goals as Boston College defeated New Hampshire, 4-1, before a sold out crowd of 6,110 at the Whittemore Center.
The victory was the first in four tries for the Eagles (5-1, 3-1 HOCKEY EAST) at the Whittemore Center and second in four days against the Wildcats (4-2, 0-2). It is also the Eagles' best start to a season since 1990-91.
UNH took a 1-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first period on a power-play goal by John Sadowski. The lead held until Reasoner converted off a nifty move with 5:39 left in the second period. Reasoner took a pass from senior forward Jamie O'Leary (Needham, Mass.) just inside the blueline, made a nice move to the left side and beat UNH goalie Sean Matile in the top right corner of the net to knot the score.
Minutes after the Eagles held off a Wildcat power-play to start the final period, Gionta broke away untouched from a pack of players trying to fight for a tied-up puck in the left corner. Gionta promptly flipped a backhand past Matile to give the BC the lead for good. The goal was Gionta's fourth of the season and second game-winning tally.
Reasoner increased the lead with 4:56 left with a goal off a nice feed from junior Matt Mulhern (Havertown, Pa.). Classmate Nick Pierandri (Ridgefield, Conn.) added an empty-netter with just three seconds left on the clock.
Freshman goalie Scott Clemmensen (Urbandale, Iowa) was spectacular in net, recording a season-high 30 saves. In the third period along, Clemmensen made 14 saves, including several big stops in the final 10 minutes.
Post Game Notes: Reasoner had four goals and two assists in the two wins over UNH this week... Reasoner's two goals tied a career-high, set eight times previously... Reasoner's two points earned him his 32nd multiple-point contest of his career (75 games)... It was the first time all season that the Eagles were outshot (31 to 18)... Freshman Rob Scuderi assisted on Pierandri's empty-net goal, his fifth assist in the last four games... O'Leary's one assist extended his scoring streak to four games... It was the Eagles' first win in Durham since February 20, 1990... It was the first time since 1991 that the Eagles have won consecutive games against UNH... After allowing a power-play goal in the first period, the Eagles were 6-6 killing penalties for the remainder of the game.
Quoting head coach Jerry York: "It was a solid defensive effort, especially by Clemmensen in goal. It (Whittemore Center) is a tough place to play, and UNH always has a good team. We made some solid plays with the puck."
Boston College (5-1, 2-1) 0 1 3 - 4 New Hampshire (4-2, 0-2) 1 0 0 - 1Scoring Summary: 1- UNH Sadowski 2 (Souza, Enders), PPG - 5:22; 2 - BC Reasoner 3 (O'Leary, Allen), 14:21; 3 - BC Gionta 4 (unassisted), 5:27; 3 - BC Reasoner 4 (Mulhern), 15:04; 3- BC Pierandri 1 (Scuderi), ENG 19:57.
Saves: BC - Scott Clemmensen, 30 UNH - Sean Matile - 14 saves
Penalties/Minutes: BC 10/20, UNH 7-14
Power-Play: BC 0-4, UNH 1-7