Boston College beats rival Boston U. as seniors post 100th career win
BOSTON -- Junior Kevin Hayes recorded a goal and an assist and senior Parker Milner made 25 saves to lead top-ranked Boston College to a 4-2 Hockey East victory against No. 11 Boston University on Sunday before 6,150 fans at Agganis Arena. It was the 259th all-time meeting between the teams and the first of three scheduled meetings this season.
After BC's Destry Straight scored 43 seconds into the contest, the rivals played nearly 41 minutes of scoreless hockey before the visiting Eagles scored three of final frame's five goals in a span of 7:41 to close the contest.
Hayes doubled the Eagle lead just more than halfway through the third period, banking a shot from behind the home team's net off the back of goaltender Matt O'Connor's leg and into the crease at 11:01.
Johnny Gaudreau netted the team's third goal -- the gamewinner, and the sophomore's fifth game-winning score in nine games this season -- just 1:22 later. Gaudreau one-timed center icman Pat Mullane's feed from the doorstop at 12:23. Steven Whitney also assisted on the play that got its start with freshman Michael Matheson in the team's defensive zone.
Host Boston University cut its deficit to two goals when Matt Grzelcyk notched his first collegiate goal at 15:20 with the teams four per side.
Junior Bill Arnoldsealed the victory in a 6-on-4 situation at 18:02, launching a 150-foot backhander from his own zone into an empty net to put the visitors back up by three goals and BU's Alexx Privitera concluded the game's scoring on a wrist shot from the high slot through a screen and past Milner at 18:43.
Milner stopped six shots in each of the first two periods and 13 in the final frame to earn his eighth win of the season and the 50th of his career. He is 50-10-1 in 62 career starts (.828 win percentage).
The win, Boston College's eighth consecutive and 27th in the last 28 games dating back to last January, also marked victory No. 100 for Boston College's five seniors -- Patch Alber, Milner, Mullane, Patrick Wey and Whitney. The group improves its four-year record to 100-29-5.
It also marked Boston College's ninth win in 12 trips to Agganis Arena. BC is 9-2-1 at BU's home rink.
A total of 17 penalties were called in the contest. BC's power play, which entered this weekend's competition converting its chances at 40 percent, finished 0-for-6 on the night. Boston University went 1-for-7.