#1 Boston College Takes Game One From UMass Hockey, 2-1
March 9, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The UMass hockey team held #1 Boston College to a season-low 18 shots on goal, but two quick tallies by the Eagles late in the second period helped BC edge the Mass Attack, 2-1 on Friday night at Conte Forum. Following the loss, the Minutemen are 13-17-5 on the season, while Boston College improves to 26-10-1 with its 12th straight win and takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series.
UMass had several opportunities to score in the first, but were unable to solve Eagles' netminder Parker Milner. Then, just over 10 minutes into the second period, the Mass Attack appeared to break up the 0-0 deadlock as freshman Steven Guzzo went streaking towards the net to connect with a pass from sophomore Michael Pereira. However the would-be goal by Guzzo was ruled to have been directed in with a skate and was waived off.
With the period winding down, despite being out-shot 11-3 by the Minutemen in the frame, Boston College got on the board with a tally by Pat Mullane from Johnny Gaudreau and Paul Carey at the 17:46 mark. Just 39 seconds later, Gaudreau set up another Eagles' score. Tommy Cross broke towards the net from the left point and his shot from the top of the left faceoff circle found its way through traffic past UMass netminder Kevin Boyle.
The Mass Attack cut its deficit in half 6:55 into the third. Pereira fed senior Michael Marcou at the right point and his slapper was re-directed in front by Guzzo to put the Minutemen on the board.
UMass finished with 26 shots, but could not come up with the equalizer. The Minutemen had the only power play of the night and were 0-for-1.
Boyle (8-6-4) totaled 16 saves for UMass, while Milner registered 25 for BC and moved to 22-5-0 on the year.
The teams will meet in game two of the series tomorrow night, Mar. 10, at 7 p.m. in Conte Forum.