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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Four different Eagles registered a goal and junior goaltender Parker Milner stopped all 26 shots he faced to lead Boston College to the 2011-12 Hockey East regular-season championship with a 4-0 league win over Vermont before 6,340 fans at Kelley Rink.
The league title marks the program's second straight, sixth under head coach Jerry York and record 12th overall. The top-seeded Eagles will face No. 8 seed Massachusetts in a best-of-three game quarterfinal series Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11.
The Eagles scored once in each of the first two periods and scored twice in the final frame to seal the victory, the team's 11th in succession as well as its third shutout in the last four games.
Freshman Destry Straight put the Eagles on the board first with a goal at the 19:06 mark of the first period.
Junior Chris Kreider doubled the Eagle lead when he scored an even-strength tally at 6:50 of the second period. Straight assisted, marking his first multiple-point performance.
Junior Pat Mullane put the Eagles up 3-0 when he buried a feed from freshman Johnny Gaudreau at 14:31 of the third period. Sophomore Bill Arnold completed the scoring with an empty-net goal at the 19:10 mark of the final frame.
Milner stopped every shot he faced in his 59:10 to capture his 21st victory this season. He was relieved by senior Chris Venti for the game's final 50 seconds.
Vermont goalie Rob Madore stopped 28 shots in the loss.