BC overpowers Minutemen

From Staff And Wire Reports / February 26, 2011

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Brian Gibbons scored his 14th goal of the season on his team’s third power play of the first period and No. 2 Boston College scored three times in the second period to drop UMass, 4-3, last night at the Mullins Center in Amherst.

After their big middle period, the Eagles (23-7-1, 17-6-1 Hockey East) had to hold off the Minutemen (6-19-5, 5-14-5), who nearly erased BC’s lead when Danny Hobbs made it a one-goal game five minutes into the third.

Barry Almeida gave the Eagles a 2-0 edge with his power-play goal at 6:01 of the second period. Conor Allen brought the Minutemen within one 23 seconds later.

But BC struck again, getting scores from Jimmy Hayes, his 16th of the season, and Paul Carey, his 12th.

Trailing, 4-1, the Minutemen responded with Joel Hanley’s power-play goal at 19:58 of the second period. Danny Hobbs made it a one-goal game at 5:09 of the third, with UMass back on the man advantage.

Paul Dainton made 30 saves for the Minutemen, becoming the program’s all-time leader in saves, breaking Brian Regan’s record of 3,050. John Muse got the win for BC, making 17 saves.

Maine 4, Merrimack 0 — Dan Sullivan got his third straight shutout and Gustav Nyquist had three assists as the host Black Bears ended the Warriors’ school-record nine-game road winning streak. No. 4 Merrimack (21-6-4, 15-6-3 Hockey East) hasn’t lost two straight all season.

The No. 16 Black Bears (15-10-6, 12-8-4) got power-play goals in the first period from Spencer Abbott and Josh Van Dyk. Tanner House made it 3-0 in the second and Brian Flynn closed out the scoring for Maine.

Harvard 3, Clarkson 1 — Alex Fallstrom and Ryan Grimshaw scored on the power play and Alex Killorn added an empty-netter as the host Crimson (8-19-1, 6-14-1 ECAC) dropped the Golden Knights (14-17-2, 8-12-1).

Northeastern 2, UNH 2 — Drew Daniels and Wade MacLeod scored for the visiting Huskies (11-12-8, 9-8-7), who skated to a draw with the ninth-ranked and Hockey East-leading Wildcats (18-7-6, 16-4-4) in Durham, N.H. Connor Hardowa and Kevin Goumas scored for UNH.

Quinnipiac 2, Union 2 — Brooks Robinson and John Dunbar each scored to lift the Bobcats into a tie with No. 5 Dutchmen in Schenectady, N.Y. Adam Presizniuk scored a power-play goal in the second period and Kyle Brodie made it a two-goal lead for Union (24-7-4, 16-3-2 ECAC). Quinnipiac is 13-13-7 and 6-9-6.

Brown 3, Cornell 2 — Harry Zolnierczyk scored twice and David Brownschidle got the winner just 30 seconds into overtime to lift the Bears (9-14-5, 7-12-2) over the Big Red (13-12-3, 11-8-2). Tyler Roeszler and Sean Collins scored for Cornell.

UMass-Lowell 3, Providence 3 — Joseph Pendenza scored twice as the visiting River Hawks (4-24-3, 3-20-1 Hockey East)tied the Friars. The Friars are 7-16-8 and 3-14-7.

Harvard 6, St. Lawrence 1 — Jillian Dempsey scored twice and the second-seeded Crimson used a four-goal first period to take a 1-0 series lead in the ECAC quarterfinal series over the seventh-seed Saints. Host Harvard moved to 16-10-4, while St. Lawrence fell to 16-17-2.

Clarkson 4, Dartmouth 1 — Brittany Styner had a goal and two assists and Kali Gillanders added a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights (14-15-6) topped the ninth-ranked host Big Green (19-10) in the first game of the best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series.