Dec. 9, 1997
Boston College and Boston University Battle to 3-3 Tie
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior goaltender Andy McLaughlin (Milton, Mass.) had a career-high 36 saves as ninth-ranked Boston College (11-5-1, 5-4-1) battled to a 3-3 tie with top-ranked Boston University (11-1-1, 5-1-1) before a sellout crowd of 3,806 at Walter Brown Arena.
The Terriers tied the score on a power-play goal by Mike Sylvia with 1:09 left in regulation.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after one period on goals by freshman Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore Tony Hutchins (Wolfeboro, N.H.). Gionta's goal was his 10th of the season.
After the Terriers tied the score at two, Hutchins poked home a rebound at 15:58 to give the Eagles a 3-2 advantage. It was Hutchins' second multiple-goal game of the season (3 goals, 10/11 versus Ottawa).
In the final period, McLaughlin stopped 15 shots, but BU converted on its lone power-play attempt of the game (1-7). McLaughlin's previous career-high for saves was 27, achieved on October 13, 1995 against Michigan State in the Great Western Freezeout.
Boston College, off to its best start since the 1990-91 season, is off until December 27 when it travels to Milwaukee to compete in the Bank One Badger Showdown, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. The Eagles will meet Northern Michigan at 5 p.m. Wisconsin will play Harvard in the other first-round contest.
Boston College (11-5-1) 2 1 0 0 - 3
Boston University (11-1-1) 1 1 1 0 - 3
1st: BU Degerman 6 (Kealty, Sylvia) 0:42;
BC Gionta 10 (Reasoner) 2:24;
BC Hutchins 7 (Lephart, Farkas) 17:01.
2nd: BU Drury 11 (unassisted) SHG 2:18;
BC Hutchins 8 (Farkas, Scuderi).
3rd: BU Sylvia 8 (Poti, Drury) PPG 18:59.
Saves: BC Andy McLaughlin 8 10 15 3 - 36
BU Tom Noble 13 7 6 1 - 27
Power Plays: BC 0/7 BU 1/7
Penalties/Minutes: BC 19/54 BU 17/53