Dec. 5, 2010

 

Courtesy of BC Athletics

BOSTON -
Junior forward Cam Atkinson scored twice, eight different Boston College players added one goal each, six Eagles tallied multiple-point performances and the visiting team finished with a season-high nine goals and captured a 9-5 Hockey East victory over second-ranked Boston University before a sellout crowd of 6,150 fans at Agganis Arena.

BC registered four goals at even strength, three while skating with a man advantage, once while shorthanded and once by way of a Brian Gibbons penalty shot en route to the league win, which vaults Boston College atop the conference standings with eight victories and 16 points.

The visiting Eagles led 3-0 after one period and 6-1 after two periods before a combined total of seven goals were tallied in the game's final frame. The host Terriers outscored the Eagles 4-3 in that period for the 9-5 final.

BC outshot BU, 37-23, in the contest, including a 27-11 combined advantage through the first two periods, and finished 3-for-8 in power-play situations.

Junior Jimmy Hayes opened the scoring on the power play just 2:04 into the game and classmate Paul Carey doubled the BC lead 23 seconds later. Atkinson concluded the first-period scoring at 17:45.

After the first intermission, BC added three special teams' goals in the middle period. Atkinson netted his second goal of the game, a man-advantage tally at 2:29, to lift the team to a 4-0 lead. After Boston University scored its lone goal of the first two periods at 8:12, Barry Almeida netted a shorthanded goal at 12:58 and Philip Samuelsson scored his first goal of the season on the power-play at 15:32 to take a 6-1 advantage into the final frame.

BC and BU traded the first four goals of the third period with tallies from Joe Pereira of BU at 1:03, Chris Kreider at 6:10, David Warsofsky at 6:41 and Bill Arnold at 9:40. Boston University's Max Nicastro and Andrew Glass netted consecutive scores just 13 seconds apart to bring the Terriers within three goals - at 8-5 - at 15:13.

Gibbons concluded the scoring at the 16-minute mark on a penalty shot for his seventh score of the season.

The Eagles were assessed 17 penalties totaling 34 minutes in the game. The team killed 12-of-15 Boston University power plays.

Goaltender John Muse recorded 18 saves in 59:44 in the winning effort to improve to 9-3-0 while Grant Rollheiser stopped 18 shots in the game's second-and-third periods to record the loss. BU starter Kieran Millan tallied 10 first-period saves.