Bryan Rust's goal provides difference as Notre Dame eliminates BC
CHESTNUT HILL. Mass. -- Senior goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 30 of 32 shots and Notre Dame got goals from Stephen Johns, Sam Herr, Bryan Rust and Jeff Costello to lead the Irish to a 4-2 win against Boston College in Game 3 of the Hockey East quarterfinal round at Conte Forum.
Boston College got goals from Kevin Hayees and Patrick Brown on the night. The Irish shut out Hobey Baker candidate Johnny Gaudreau as his 31-game point streak came to an end.
The win improves 11th-ranked Notre Dame to 23-12-2 while second-ranked Boston College goes to 26-7-4. The Irish will play at TD Garden in Boston on Friday against Massachusetts-Lowell in the 5 p.m. game.
Notre Dame took a 2-1 lead 4:10 into the second period as a Rust shot deflected off Herr in front to give the Irish the lead.
T.J. Tynan, who had a pair of assists in the game, fired a shot from the left circle that went off of Herr in front. Rust swooped in from the slot and fired the puck off Herr in front and past BC goaltender Thatcher Demko for Herr's 14th goal of the season.
Boston College would even the score and almost take the lead on a five-on-three power-play chance. With the Irish taking a too many men on the ice penalty and Tynan getting called for goaltender interference, the Eagles had 16 seconds on the two-man advantage but only needed 12 seconds as Brown scored on a rebound at 8:05 to tie the game at 2-2.
BC worked the puck to Bill Arnold who fired a shot from the left side that Summerhays stopped. The rebound went to Brown moving in from the left circle and he fired it home for his 24th of the season.
The Irish took advantage of the break, scoring late in the period with Rust getting his fourth goal of the playoffs at 19:56 for the 3-2 lead.
No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell 2, No. 15 Vermont 1
LOWELL, Mass. -- Massachusetts-Lowell edged Vermont in the decisive Game 3 of the Hockey East quarterfinal on Sunday afternoon at the Tsongas Center in front of a crowd of 2,513.
Sophomore goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves in his 15th win of the season, as the No. 1 star of the game. He made 11 saves in the opening period and 13 stops in the third period. Vermont's netminder Brody Hoffman made 17 saves in the losing effort for Vermont.
Sophomore forward A.J. White gave the River Hawks a 2-0 lead going into the dressing room at the end of the first period with a wrist shot from the low slot that beat Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman high glove side. White's game-winning goal was his second of the season for the River Hawks. Senior forward Shayne Thompson and junior defenseman Jake Suter were credited with assists on the goal.
The Catamounts cut the River Hawks lead to 2-1 with 2:14 left in the second period on a power-play goal by Jake Fallon on his sixth goal of the season for Vermont's lone goal of the contest.
Sophomore blueliner Christian Folin got UMass-Lowell on the scoreboard first with his fith goal of the year at 10:08 of the opening period on a slapshot from the right point that went through the net and back into play. The play was reviewed and the River Hawks were awarded the short-handed goal.
No. 10 North Dakota 4, Colorado College 3
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota beat Colorado College 4-3 on Sunday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND wins the best-of-three series and advances to play Miami (Ohio) on Friday in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals.
UND scored three in the first period, getting goals from Nick Mattson, Troy Stecher and Stephane Pattyn. But Brendan O'Donnell's score at 2:29 of the third period proved to be the biggest -- and the game winner.
Colorado College pulled within 3-2 at 17:17 of the second period, but O'Donnell answered in the third. Rocco Grimaldi set up the goal, with a nice pass off a CC turnover.
CC's Alex Roos pulled the Tigers within 4-3 with 1:29 of the clock on a six-on-five advantage, but North Dakota held on from there.
UND goaltender Zane Gothberg made 27 saves, while CC's Josh Thorimbert made 26.