Boston College rolls to two-game sweep of Vermont in Hockey East quarterfinals
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Four players scored one goal each to lead No. 5 Boston College to a 4-1 victory against Vermont on Saturday and a berth in the Hockey East tournament semifinal round for the ninth consecutive season before 3,158 fans at Kelley Rink.
The Eagles (22-10-4), who beat the Catamounts 4-2 the night before, scored one goal in each of the first two periods and two goals in the final frame to capture their fourth consecutive victory against Vermont (11-19-6) and clinch the best-of-three series 2-0.
BC will face Boston University, which beat Merrimack consecutively, on March 22 in the semifinal round at TD Garden at 8 p.m.
Pat Mullane, Steven Whitney and Johnny Gaudreau each tallied one goal and one assist for the Eagles, who also improved to 8-0-1 in the their past nine games against the Catamounts.
Whitney gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead on a 5-on-3 advantage at 12:12 of the first period off a feed from ullane. Mullane's assist marked his career-high 40th point this season.
Patrick Brown doubled the lead with the only goal of the middle stanza at 16:45.
Gaudreau finished a nifty feed from Bill Arnold at 3:53 of the third period and Mullane concluded the scoring for BC at 12:45.
Matt White scored the lone goal for the Catamounts at 13:06 of the third period.
Boston College had a season-high 11 power plays, converting one. Vermont went 0-for-4 with a man advantage. The Catamounts were assessed 14 penalties totaling 39 minutes in the game.
Vermont goalie Hoffman recorded 29 saves in the losing effort to conclude his freshman campaign at 11-18-6.
BC senior goalie Parker Milner stopped 16 shots and improved to 22-9-4 this season and 64-18-5 in his career.