CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Pat Mullane's power-play goal early in the third period lifted second-ranked Boston College to a 3-2 Hockey East win over Merrimack before 6,715 fans in Kelley Rink.
After Ryan Flanigan gave Merrimack a 2-1 lead 52 seconds into the third period, the Eagles netted two goals in the next five minutes to earn the victory. Junior Paul Carey pulled BC even at 3:33, before Mullane netted the decisive goal at 5:09. FreshmanKevin Hayes won a puck battle in the left corner and found Mullane open in front of an empty net.
Merrimack sophomore Brandon Brodhag's power-play goal at 8:27 was the only goal of the first period. BC junior Cam Atkinson scored the equalizer with just 31.2 seconds left in the middle period.
Merrimack junior Karl Stollery's power-play goal at 8:27 was the only goal of the first period. BC junior Cam Atkinson scored the equalizer with just 31.2 seconds left in the middle period.
BC outshot Merrimack, 42-32, including a 22-10 shot advantage in a penalty-filled second period. The visiting Warriors were assessed seven penalties in that period, including a 10-minute misconduct. The Eagles put 26 shots on net with the man advantage.
Senior John Muse made 30 stops to earn his 65th career victory. Merrimack junior Joe Cannata recorded 39 saves.
Team Records: Boston College 4-1-0, 2-0-0 Hockey East; Merrimack 1-1-2, 0-1-1 HE Game Notes: Four individuals assisted in raising the 2010 national championship banner prior to faceoff: Len Ceglarski, long-time BC head coach and member of the 1949 national championship team; Bobby Allen assistant captain of the 2001 title team; Kyle Kucharski, a senior forward on the 2008 championship Eagles; and Joe Lombardi, father of 2009-10 assistant captain Matt Lombardi.