BOSTON, MA – Junior Mike Lephart scored at 15:53 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and lift Boston College to a 2-1 victory over New Hampshire before a Hockey East Semifinal record 15,989 fans at Boston’s FleetCenter. Boston College, the two-time defending Hockey East Tournament Champion will look to defend its title on Saturday night when the Eagles face off against the University of Maine.
Lephart picked off a UNH pass at center ice and skated to the side of the left circle where his slap shot beat UNH goaltender Ty Conklin low to the glove side.
New Hampshire led 1-0 heading into the third after freshman Lanny Gare broke the ice at 17:33 of the second period, picking the top right corner with a wrist shot after making a nice move to the middle. John Sadowski and Garrett Stafford picked up assists on the goal.
Blake Bellefeuille would bring the Eagles even at 12:26 of the third period with a nice individual rush up the left wing, beating the defense and cutting into the slot before wristing a shot past Conklin to make the score 1-1.
Junior goaltender Scott Clemmensen made 20 saves in the game, including a key save on UNH sniper Darren Haydar with about thirty seconds remaining. Conklin stopped 26 for the Wildcats.
The two teams skated through a scoreless first period, with New Hampshire shorthanded for the final 3:51 of the period after freshman Patrick Foley was whistled down for a hitting from behind major penalty. Conklin made 10 saves in the first, while Clemmensen stopped 9.
Boston College improves to 26-10-1 on the season, while New Hampshire falls to 23-8-6.
Boston College will face the University of Maine the championship game of the 16th Annual Hockey East Tournament on Saturday night at the FleetCenter. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.