Boston College’s hockey team is young, skating nine freshmen and nine sophomores. And as the season progresses, it’s becoming apparent the Eagles are good, too.
Freshman Steven Whitney scored his first two collegiate goals and sophomore Jimmy Hayes added four assists to lead the No. 16 Eagles to an easy 7-1 win over No. 15 Vermont (3-4-1, 2-3-1 Hockey East) last night at Conte Forum.
Sophomore Tommy Cross registered one goal and two assists, and junior Joe Whitney and sophomore Paul Carey each totaled one goal and one assist for BC.
BC (4-2-1, 3-2-1) led, 2-1, after one period and 4-1 after two periods, before adding three goals in the first 10 minutes of the third period. The teams meet again today at Conte Forum.
BC junior John Muse finished with 30 saves. Vermont’s Rob Madore made eight stops in two periods before being pulled for Mike Spillane for the final period.
BU 6, Merrimack 4 - Chris Connolly scored two goals and added an assist, and the No. 17 Terriers (3-6-0, 2-5-0 Hockey East) rebounded from a loss to the Warriors (6-4-0, 3-2-0) in North Andover Friday night to get the home win.
NU 5, Maine 2 - The Huskies (4-5-0, 2-4-0 Hockey East) erupted for four goals in the third period - including the winner from sophomore forward Alex Tuckerman - to down the Black Bears (4-6-0, 3-3-0) and gain a split of the weekend series at Matthews Arena.
Harvard 3, Princeton 3 - Michael Biega scored with 57 seconds remaining in regulation to help the visiting Crimson (1-3-1, 1-3-1 ECAC) rally to tie the 19th-ranked Tigers (3-2-1, 2-1-1).
UMass-Lowell 4, Alabama-Huntsville 0 - Kory Falite had a goal and an assist and the fifth-ranked River Hawks (7-2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and went on to sweep the weekend series from the host Chargers (3-7-0).
UNH 4, UMass 2 - Bobby Butler scored a pair of goals, Peter LeBlanc added a goal and an assist, and Brian Foster stopped 33 shots to lift the visiting Wildcats (3-6-2, 3-2-1 Hockey East) to the upset of the 14th-ranked Minutemen (7-2-0, 4-2-0).
Quinnipiac 4, Dartmouth 2 - Scott Zurevinski scored twice and added an assist and the No. 20 Bobcats (8-1-0, 4-0-0) remained perfect in ECAC Hockey play by downing the Big Green in Hamden, Conn.
Cornell 6, Brown 0 - Blake Gallagher and Sean Collins scored 13 seconds apart in the first period and the No. 3 Big Red (4-1-0, 3-1-0 ECAC) rolled past the overmatched Bears (0-4-1, 0-3-1) in Providence.
NU 5, Maine 1 - Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Kelly Wallace each scored a pair of goals and the ninth-ranked Huskies (8-1-2, 4-0-2-1 Hockey East) drubbed the Black Bears (2-9-2, 0-5-2-1) at Matthews Arena.
Princeton 2, Harvard 1 - Heather Landry scored her second goal of the game at 4:29 of overtime to boost the sixth-ranked Tigers (4-3-1, 3-2-1 ECAC) past the host Crimson. Josephine Pucci scored for Harvard (2-3, 2-3).
With the win, Southern New Hampshire (14-4-3) advances to the national quarterfinals for the eighth time in program history, and first since 2002. Southern New Hampshire will face the winner of today’s Le Moyne-Franklin Pierce semifinal.
Amherst 4, Salem St. 0 - The Lord Jeffs (12-3-1) broke open a close game with three second-half goals and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament in York, Pa.
Wesleyan 2, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 0 - Chris Kuehn and Nick Whipple scored as the Cardinals (12-1-4) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Middletown, Conn.
WNEC 1, Babson 0 - Jason Sabia scored the only goal in the 69th minute, lifting the Golden Bears (16-5-3) into a second-round matchup with Wesleyan today in the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Middletown, Conn.
Rensselaer 1, Eastern Conn. 0 - Jabel Prom scored early in the second half and the Engineers halted the Warriors’ eight-game winning streak and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Troy, N.Y.
Williams 3, Husson 0 - Charles Romero, Joe Vella, and Alex Johnson scored and the Ephs rolled past the Eagles in Troy, N.Y., earning a berth in the second round today against Rensselaer.
Drexel 3, UConn 2 - Loren Sherer scored her 32d goal, setting the school record for goals in a career with 81, but the Dragons pulled away to down the Huskies (19-2) in a first-round NCAA Division 1 game in College Park, Md.
Trinity 2, Middlebury 1 - Robyn Williams scored one goal and assisted on the winner by Payson Sword, and the Bantams (18-2) held on to edge the Panthers in the second round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Collegeville, Pa.
Tufts 5, MIT 1 - Michelle Kelly scored three goals and the fourth-ranked Jumbos (17-1) routed the Engineers in an NCAA Division 3 second-round game in Medford. Tufts takes on Skidmore today in third-round action.