Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Senior goaltender Parker Milner stopped 45 of the 48 shots he faced to help second-ranked Boston College salvage a 3-3 tie against non-league opponent Yale in front of 7,213 fans in Kelley Rink on Friday.
Five goals were scored in the middle period of a game in which the visiting Bulldogs outshot the host Eagles, 48-22. Milner stopped all 16 first-period shots, recorded 15 saves in each of the second and third periods and stopped both Yale shots in overtime to eclipse his previous high of 41 saves against Maine last March.
BC scored each of the first two goals, before Yale responded with three straight scores between the 5:31 and 12:50 marks of the second period. BC concluded the scoring burst on Steven Whitney's power-play goal at 16:33 of the middle stanza and the teams skated a scoreless third period and overtime.
Junior Bill Arnold opened the scoring at 15:46 of the first frame by cleaning up a rebound from a shot by freshman Michael Matheson. Freshman Brendan Silk doubled the lead at 5:31 of the second period by sliding his own rebound past Bulldog goalie Jeff Malcolm (19 saves).
Yale responded 17 seconds later and notched three straight to claim a 3-2 edge. Colin Dueck scored at 5:48, Ryan Obuchowski tied the game at 11:37 and Andrew Millner notched a power-play score at 12:50.
Yale totaled 21 shots in 13 minutes, 42 seconds of power-play time the contest. The Bulldogs finished 1-for-6 with a man advantage. Boston College, which went 1-for-4 with a man advantage, tallied four shots in 6:50 of power-play time.
BC is back in action in one week. The Eagles and New Hampshire Wildcats will square off in a home-and-home series beginning at Kelley Rink on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Friday's game is televised by NESN.