#1 BC Edges Hockey 3-2 To Claim Quarterfinal Series
March 10, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The UMass hockey team held an early lead against No. 1-ranked Boston College, but two first period goals helped propel the Eagles past the Mass Attack, 3-2 in the series-clinching game two of the Hockey East Quarterfinal matchup. The Minutemen close out the 2011-12 campaign with a record of 13-18-5, while the Eagles (27-10-1) advance to the Hockey East Semifinals with their 13th straight victory.
Sophomore Conor Sheary posted his seventh multi-point game of the season, while senior T.J. Syner. logged his 60th career assist to finish his four years at UMass tied for ninth in the program record book.
To start off the night, UMass took a quick 1-0 lead as Sheary drove one past Parker Milner from the slot off a pass from sophomore Branden Gracel and Syner 2:54 into the contest.
However, less than two minutes later, Pat Mullane answered for Boston College. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Mullane flew in on the right wing and beat Minuteman netminder Kevin Boyle to level the score 4:25 into the period. Johnny Gaudreau picked up an assist on the play.
Then, with a five-minute major resulting from a hit from behind by Steven Guzzo seconds away from expiring, the Eagles netted a second. On a rush up the ice following a shorthanded chance by UMass, Paul Carey brought the score to 2-1 off a feed from Bill Arnold at the 8:18 mark.
Late in the second period, the Minutemen pulled level with a power play goal of their own. Sheary collected the puck at the blue line in the offensive zone and sent it along the boards for senior Michael Marcou, who found sophomore Joel Hanley in the slot for his seventh goal of the season at 18:03.
BC was quick to counter, however, regaining the one-goal advantage just 1:08 later. Brian Dumoulin's wrister found its way past Boyle with Chris Kreider and Milner collecting the assists.
Boyle (8-7-4) finished with 19 saves for the Minutemen who out-shot BC for a second straight night, 35-22. Milner (23-5-0) totaled 33 stops for Boston College. UMass ended the evening 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Eagles went 1-for-3.