#1 Boston College Slips Past UMass Hockey, 3-2
Nov. 4, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The UMass hockey team battled back from an early deficit, but two third period goals lifted No. 1-ranked Boston College past the Minutemen, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum. Following the setback, UMass is now 2-4-0 on the year, 1-4-0 in Hockey East play, while the Eagles win their sixth in a row to improve to 6-1-0 on the season (6-1-0 HEA).
Junior Troy Power scored his first goal of the year and logged an assist for his second career multi-point game. Classmate Michael Pereira had a helper, as well, notching his first point of the season.
BC capitalized on an early power play chance to lead 1-0 after Joel Hanley was whistled for hooking just 46 seconds into the contest. On a 2-on-1, Bill Arnold snapped the puck past UMass netminder Kevin Boyle at the 1:23 mark.
The Minutemen later came up with the equalizer on a man advantage opportunity of their own. After winning a faceoff to the right of the Eagles' net, Steven Guzzo camped out along the far post. On a shot by Hanley from the point that was redirected by Power on the way to the net, Guzzo finished the play by knocking in his second of the season on Parker Milner's stick side at 10:01.
After a scoreless second, UMass went up, 2-1, just 1:42 into the third period. Receiving a pass along the boards from junior Branden Gracel, Pereira dug the puck out of the corner and fed Power in the right faceoff circle. Power ripped a quick shot past Milner to put UMass on top.
However, BC leveled the score at 2-2 at the 9:13 mark, shortly after Milner robbed Guzzo of his second tally of the night on a play that was reviewed. On the rush, Michael Matheson finished off a feed from Steven Whitney and Johnny Gaudreau.
The Eagles then notched the would-be game winner 16:23 into the stanza. Amidst a scrum in front of the UMass net, Patrick Brown's shot through traffic found it's way in with both Isaac MacLeod and Brooks Dyroff recording assists on the play.
Shots were level at 31 in the evenly-matched contest with Boyle collecting 28 saves and Milner stopping 29 for BC. Both squads were 1-for-2 on the power play, as well. UMass has scored with the man advantage in all six contests thus far this season, matching its longest such streak since the 2003-04 campaign when the team tallied power play goals in seven straight games.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Friday night at the Mullins Center, Nov. 9, playing host to Providence College at 7 p.m.