#7 Men's Hockey Blanked by Boston College, 4-0
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Cam Atkinson scored a pair of goals while Brian Gibbons registered a goal and two assists to lift No. 2 Boston College to a 4-0 win over the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 7,824 at Conte Forum.
BC netminder John Muse stopped all 12 shots he faced to improve to 22-5-1, while Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) turned aside 38 shots including 27 in the final two period and falls to 19-8-6 on the year.
UNH, which saw its four-game unbeaten streak snapped, moves to 19-8-6, 17-5-4 in Hockey East. Boston College slid into first place in the league standings with a one-point lead heading into tomorrow's regular-season finale at Whittemore Center (7 p.m.). The Eagles are now 25-7-1, 19-6-1 HE. BC can clinch the regular-season title with a win or a tie tomorrow night, while New Hampshire would take the title with a win.
After clanging the goal pipe three times in the early going, Boston College broke the ice with a power play goal by Brian Gibbons at 8:34 of the first with an assists from Steven Whitney and Joe Whitney. The Eagles controlled play in the frame holding a 12-3 shot edge.
BC doubled its lead in the second as Gibbons stole the puck in the UNH zone and setup Cam Atkinson for a nifty short-handed tally at 9:50 of the period. New Hampshire would generate offensive opportunities in the second half of the frame, but could not crack the scoreboard. The Eagles held a 15-6 shot edge in the period.
The Eagles added a pair of insurance tallies the first coming when Atkinson scored his second of the night after knocking in a loose puck that he batted down in front of the net. The even-strength goal at 9:25 of the third was assisted by Gibbons and Edwin Shea making it 3-0. Bill Arnold would close out scoring with a short-handed goal at 16:06 that was assisted by Gibbons. BC held a 15-3 shot advantage in the final period for a 42-12 edge in the contest.
BC was 1-3 on the power play, while UNH was 0-3 on the extra-skater advantage with the Eagles netting a pair of short-handed goals.
UNH and BC conclude the series in Durham on Saturday night (7 p.m.). The game will serve as the regular-season finale for both teams. For more information about UNH hockey including tickets to the upcoming Hockey East quarterfinals visit UNHWildcats.com.