NO. 5 MEN’S HOCKEY DOWNED BY NO. 6 BOSTON COLLEGE, 8-6

 

Box Score
CHESTNUT HILL
, Mass. – Boston College used a five-goal second period to erase a 3-0 deficit and capture an 8-6 win over the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team on Saturday night in Hockey East action in front of 5,417 at Conte Forum.
 
UNH falls to 4-4-2 overall with a 2-2-2 mark in Hockey East, while BC is now 6-3-1, 4-2-1 HE.
 
Jimmy Hayes recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist, while Brock Bradford had two goals and two assists for the Eagles. UNH’s Mike Sislo (2g, 1a - Superior Wis.), James van Riemsdyk (1g, 3a - Middletown, N.J.), Peter LeBlanc (1g, 1a - Hamilton, Ontario) and Joe Charlebois (0g, 2a - Potsdam, N.Y.) all had multi-point games for New Hampshire, while Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) and Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass.) each scored their first collegiate goals for UNH.
 
The Wildcats wasted no time scoring just 22 seconds in to take a 1-0 lead. LeBlanc potted the goal, his team-leading sixth of the season, that was created by a BC turnover in its own end. UNH doubled its lead with a power play goal by Sislo. The play was setup by an outstanding individual effort by van Riemsdyk. Charlebois was also credited with an assist on the goal at 9:44, which game the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage at the break.
 
The Wildcats made it 3-0 on Sislo’s second goal of the game. Charlebois once again had the assist at 1:49. BC answered with five-straight goals to end the second and take a 5-3 advantage into the break. Jimmy Hayes, who scored two of the five goals in the period, netted the first goal at 3:57 with assists from Ben Smith and Paul Carey. Carey scored to make it 3-2 at 7:48 with a helper from Hayes. Brock Bradford netted the equalizer just 25 seconds later with assists from Brian Gibbons and Carl Sneep, while Gibbons scored one of his own to put the Eagles ahead at 11:43. The goal was assisted by Bradford and Benn Ferriero. Hayes scored his second of the period, a power play goal, at 17:41 to close out scoring in a six-goal second. Cam Atkinson and Barry Almeida registered assists. BC held a 15-10 shot advantage in the period.
 
UNH cut into the lead with a goal just 1:06 into the third that make it 5-4. Sislo fought for the puck with a BC defender behind the net and feed van Riemsdyk on the left of the net for the tally. BC regained its two-goal advantage just over a minute later when Matt Lombardi potted the Eagles’ sixth goal of the game at 2:27. BC stretched it to 7-4 as Bradford tallied with second of the night with assists from Ferriero and Anthony Aiello at 6:58. Kessel scored his first collegiate goal at 8:54 to trim the lead to 7-5. The goal, which came on a one-timer from the right point, was setup by van Riemsdyk and LeBlanc. With the Wildcats down two goals late, they left netminder Matt DiGirolamo (Penilyn, Pa.) in favor of an extra skater and the Eagles took advantage with an empty net goal by Hayes, which completed his hat trick. Bradford earned his fourth point with an assist on the goal at 19:16. The Wildcats completed scoring with an extra-skater just 10 seconds later when Moses potted the first of his career with helpers from Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) and Nick Krates (Palos Park, Ill.)
 
DiGirolamo turned away a career-high 29 shots including 11 in the second period, but falls to 0-2-1, while BC’s John Muse had 31 saves, 14 in the third period to earn his sixth win of the season.
 
UNH was 1-3 on the power play, while BC was 1-4 in its extra-skater opportunities.
 
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 21 when they complete their six-game road trip at Northeastern. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena in Boston. UNH returns home on Saturday, Nov. 22 when it plays host to Providence College. Game time is 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center.

 

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