BOSTON, Mass. - Paced by four goals in the opening period, the No. 2/3 Boston University men's ice hockey team stayed undefeated in the new year with a 6-1 victory over visiting Providence on Friday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers got goals from six different players and improved to 14-6-1 on the year and 11-4-1 in Hockey East play.
The result marked head coach Jack Parker's 400th win in Hockey East play and was the Terriers' sixth win in their last seven contests. BU has won all four of its games since dropping a 5-2 contest to Notre Dame on New Year's Eve.
Senior goaltender Kieran Millan stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced while junior Alex Chiasson and sophomores Matt Nieto and Garrett Noonan each recorded a goal and an assist. Sophomore Adam Clendening had a game-high three points with a trio of assists. He now has 11 helpers in his last five contests.
Sophomore Sahir Gill, freshman Alexx Privitera and junior Ryan Santana each found the back of the net for the Terriers, who set a season high for goals in a game and gained sole possession of first place in the Hockey East standings following Boston College's overtime loss at Maine.
Gill opened the scoring just 91 seconds into the contest before the Terriers struck for three more later in the first in a span of just over four minutes.
Chiasson scored a goal in transition at 10:40 before Santana beat two Friars to a puck in the high slot and chipped it over PC goaltender Alex Beaudry, who rushed out to try and knock away the puck. That goal, which came at 13:23, chased Beaudry, as he allowed three goals on the first nine shots he faced.
BU made it a 4-0 affair just 80 seconds after Justin Gates replaced Beaudry in the PC goal. From the right circle, Nieto redirected an offering from Clendening to the net for his ninth goal of the year.
The Friars (9-10-2, 7-6-1 HEA) scored the lone goal of the second period when Shane Luke recorded his first collegiate tally at 8:59.
The Terriers tacked on a pair of power-play goals on a major penalty in the third. Privitera scored from the center point at 4:56 before Noonan capped the scoring at 7:02 when he poked in a rebound from the left crease.
Gates (27) and Beaudry (6) combined for 33 saves for the Friars. The Terriers went 2-of-6 on the power play and kept the visitors scoreless on six tries with the man advantage.
The two teams will wrap up their weekend home-and-home series on Saturday (Jan. 21) in Providence. Game time at Schneider Arena is set for 7 p.m.