CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — No. 16 Boston University put forth its most impressive showing thus far this season on Sunday afternoon, rolling past No. 2 Boston College, 5-0 at Conte in the archrivals’ first meeting of the season.
Senior Kieran Millan stopped all 21 shots he faced to help BU earn its first shutout against the Eagles since March 1, 1983, when the teams were still part of the ECAC. It was his second shutout of the season and the seventh of his career.
The Terriers got goals from four different forwards – including two from junior Wade Megan – and converted on two of their five power-play chances while posting a perfect 8-for-8 performance on the penalty kill.
BU improved to even marks of 4-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 in Hockey East play. The Eagles fall to 9-3-0 with a 7-2-0 conference mark.
The Terriers made a first-period statement by scoring in the first and final minutes of the opening stanza.
Senior Corey Trivino got BU on the board with a wrister from the slot just 54 seconds after the opening whistle. Senior Chris Connolly, who had two assists in the game, started off the play with a drop pass to junior Sean Escobedo.
Megan potted his first goal of the contest when he snuck the puck inside the right post past BC goalie Parker Milner at 19:13 on the visitors’ first power-play chance of the game.
BU doubled its advantage in the second period, starting with another power-play tally at the 9:58. Junior Alex Chiasson rifled a one-timer to the back of the net from the top of the left circle with assists from sophomores Adam Clendening and Sahir Gill.
Sophomore Matt Nieto made it a 4-0 affair when he teamed up with linemates Chiasson and classmate Charlie Coyle for his team-leading seventh goal of the season at the top of the crease with 4:17 left in the middle period.
BC got a late power-play chance but Megan spoiled the opportunity when he beat two Eagles to the puck and skated in on Milner and beat him shorthanded with 1:38 left in regulation to complete his two-goal night and create the 5-0 final.
Millan and the Terrier defense kept the Eagles in check, allowing only 21 shots on goal, including six each in the first and third periods. Milner recorded 15 saves for BC.
The victory was the most decisive for the Terriers against their crosstown rival since a 10-3 triumph at Walter Brown Arena on Jan. 13, 1996. BU entered the game on a five-game losing streak against the Eagles, their longest in the series since 1957.