CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Second-ranked Boston College scored five unanswered goals and beat fourth-ranked New Hampshire for the sixth time in a row 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 7,884 fans at Kelley Rink on Friday.
Six forwards registered multiple points in the contest, which featured the league leaders in the first game of a home-and-home series between the Eagles and Wildcats. The teams will face off in Durham’s Whittemore Center on Saturday.
Sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau led the way with one goal and two assists, setting up linemate Pat Mullane on each. Gaudreau was competing in his first game since capturing a gold medal as a member of the U.S. National Team at the World Junior Championships in Russia last week.
Juniors Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes scored one goal and one assist each, while senior Steven Whitney and sophomore Destry Straight both notched a pair of assists for the Eagles.
After the home team fell behind 1-0 at the eight-minute mark of the first period on a goal by Jay Camper, Hayes answered five minutes later on a feed from Arnold. Mullane then scored the first of his two goals at 17:42 to give the Eagles a lead they did not relinquish.
BC scored three even-strength second-period goals to help take control of the game.
Gaudreau scored first at 5:01, beating New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith (12 saves) on a backhander. Mullane scored his second of the game at 15:43 and Arnold capped the scoring for the Eagles with 14.7 seconds left in the frame, redirecting Hayes’ feed for his ninth of the season.
New Hampshire forward Kevin Goumas scored the lone goal of the third period just 37 seconds into play.
BC goalie Parker Milner stopped 31 shots to capture his 13th win this season and the 55th of his career.