DURHAM, N.H. - Ryan Shannon and Joe Rooney both recorded two points with a goal and assist to propel the fifth-ranked Boston College men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-2 Hockey East victory against seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
With Northeasern University's 2-1 victory at Boston University on Saturday, UNH remained alone atop the Hockey East standings with a 15-4-3 league record, and the Wildcats are now 22-8-4 overall. BC vaulted into second place in HE at 13-3-6 and is 20-6-6 overall.
After weathering an early Wildcats' storm in which UNH generated a 9-2 shot advantage, BC stormed back to build a 4-0 first-period lead. Ryan Shannon collected Dave Spina's pass across the blue line and fired a high shot from the right circle into the net for a 1-0 lead at 9:39. Ned Havern scored on another high shot from the right circle to extend the advantage to2-0 with a power-play goal at 12:33.
Dan Bertram stuffed home his own rebound in front just 39 seconds later for a 3-0 BC lead. Brian Boyle and Joe Rooney were credited with assists on the tally. Rooney capitalized on a UNH turnover by collecting a loose puck in the low slot and beating Wildcat goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.), who replaced starting goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.; six saves) following the Eagles' third goal, at 15:27 to give the visitors a four-goal lead.
Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.), with the assistance of Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), netted a power-play goal to trim the deficit to 4-1 at 16:56.
The Wildcats went back on the power play early in the second stanza and BC goalie Matti Kaltianainen stoned Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.), who was alone at the left post.
The Eagles extended their advantage to5-1 at 12:58 of the second period when Ryan Shannon won the faceoff in the left circle cleanly back to Patrick Eaves, who scored on a screened shot.
Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) snapped a shot from high inside the right circle to pull UNH within 5-2 but the 'Cats, despite a total of 16 third-period shots, could get no closer.
BC's Kaltianainen finished with 32 saves. Pietrasiak stopped 33 shots in 46:33 of relief and Regan took the loss by allowing three goals on nine shots.
New Hampshire returns to action March 3 at Boston University. The Wildcats close out the regular season at home vs. the Terriers with Senior Night on March 5. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.