BC Notches Big Win Over UNH In Hockey East Opener
March 14, 2009
DURHAM, N.H. - Boston College scored each of the games first four goals, including Nos. 24 and 25 of the season from senior captain Brock Bradford, and goaltender John Muse made 35 saves to lead the sixth-seeded Eagles to a 5-3 victory over No. 3 seed New Hampshire in game one of the 2009 Hockey East Tournament best-of-three-game quarterfinal series before 3,859 fans in the Whittemore Center.
Andrew Orpik, Jimmy Hayes and Tim Kunes each scored one goal while freshman forward Cam Atkinson tallied two assists for the visiting Eagles, who improve to 17-13-5.
The Eagles and Wildcats will faceoff in game two of the quarterfinal series on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.H.
Bradford opened the game's scoring with a power-play at 12:45.
Orpik doubled the BC lead, one-timing a pass off the stick of Joe Whitney from behind New Hampshire goaltender Brian Foster's (24 saves) net, at 15:38.
The Eagles, who opened the second period killing a power play, increased its lead to three goals as two freshmen - Hayes and Atkinson - connected for the team's sixth shorthanded goal of the season. Atkinson skated down the right side on a partial breakaway, drew the defender and goaltender out of position and dished a pass through the open crease to Hayes who scored into an empty net.
Kunes scored BC's fourth straight goal - his fifth point (1-4--5) in the last five games - at 10:48 of the middle period.
After New Hampshire sophomore James van Riemsdyk scored the Wildcats' first goal of the game - and first of two shorthanded scores - at 11:48, Bradford netted his second score of the night shortly thereafter at 14:42.
UNH's Bobby Butler concluded the second-period scoring with a shorthanded goal at 16:41.
The host Wildcats (19-11-5) scored the only goal of the third period early in the third period. van Riemsdyk cut New Hampshire's lead to two goals - at 5-3 - with his second score of the game at 2:52.
BC finished 1-for-5 on the power play, netting a man-advantage score for the sixth straight game.
The Eagles killed all six New Hampshire power plays and have allowed one power-play goal against during that same six-game span.