|1st||8:40||NOE||1-0||EV||Torin Snydeman (4)||Mike Szmatula/7, Zach Aston-Reese/7|
|1st||18:03||BC||1-1||EV||Michael Matheson (2)||Teddy Doherty/11, Adam Gilmour/11|
|1st||18:55||BC||2-1||EV||Chris Calnan (9)||Steve Santini/1, Quinn Smith/7|
|2nd||8:43||BC||3-1||SH GW||Chris Calnan (10)||Noah Hanifin/7|
|3rd||13:26||NOE||2-3||EV||Ryan Rosenthal (5)||Trevor Owens/1, John Stevens/7|
|3rd||14:40||BC||4-2||PP||Adam Gilmour (6)||Zach Sanford/11, Noah Hanifin/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (12-7-2)||1/4||7/14||1|
|Clay Witt (L, 5-6-2)||59:12||4||6||8||7||21|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Thatcher Demko (W, 10-6-2)||60:00||2||8||17||6||31|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - No. 16 Boston College claimed the weekend series off Northeastern with a late flurry in the first period and another power play goal by sophomore Adam Gilmour to skate by the Huskies, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink. The Eagles are now unbeaten in their last seven games (5-0-2) and have not lost since Nov. 29, 2014. Immediately after Saturday's result, that streak stands as second-best in college hockey.
Second-year forward Chris Calnan continues his breakout campaign with his second two-goal performance of the season, including a short-handed tally midway through the second stanza.
Gilmour has now scored a power play in his last three games and is now tied for fourth in the country as one of 13 skaters to have scored five power play goals or more this year.
Rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin racked up his third two-assist performance and is now into double digits offensively (2-8-10) through 21 games played.
Second-year goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 31 shots to backstop BC to victory while third-year defenseman Michael Matheson scored his second goal of the season and first since Oct. 18.
Boston College was outtriggered by the Huskies, 33-25, as NU netminder Clay Witt stopped 21-of-25 BC shots.
Northeastern struck first at the 8:40 mark of the first period on a sneaky tally from Torin Snydeman on the far post.
Mike Gunn relayed the puck out of the Huskies' end to Snydeman on the flank. Snydeman rimmed it over to Zach Aston-Reese in the far corner who proceeded to dish it back to Mike Szmatula behind the near post. Snydeman rolled around and accepted the crossing pass from Szmatula and batted it past Demko's left pad to take an early 1-0 lead.
Boston College responded in the second half of the opening period by netting a pair of tallies under two minutes to go.
Matheson struck first with 1:57 remaining in the first with a laser from the left dot.
Gilmour broke up a Northeastern breakout in the neutral zone out to junior Teddy Doherty on the near wall. Matheson wheeled around the other side, accepted Doherty's dish and skated down the left side of the zone, whizzing it past Witt glove side at 18:03 to tie it up.
On the ensuing play 52 seconds later, Calnan was the beneficiary of a scrum in front of Witt at 18:55.
The Eagles won the draw and descended upon the Huskies' net. Senior Quinn Smith got the first whack at it and the disc caromed off of Santini's stick to Calnan on the far post. With Witt out of position, Calnan swatted it to the back of the net to give Boston College the 2-1 advantage heading into first intermission.
Physical play permeated the opening of the second period and eventually gave way to a Ryan Fitzgerald elbowing infraction at 7:49.
On the ensuing faceoff, Hanifin gave chase to a rimmed puck behind Demko and ended up outracing his man. Hanifin blitzed down the left side and triggered on Witt. The puck caromed behind the net where Calnan scooped it up and managed to toss if off Witt's blocker. Witt's blocker was pointed towards the goal mouth and it ricocheted in favor of the Eagles at 8:43 for the short-handed tally and a 3-1 advantage.
The Eagles' penalty killing unit stood tall in the waning moments of the second period after Gilmour and Santini went off at 19:12. BC's three-man unit managed to protect Demko and keep the Huskies off the board with two extra skaters as the second period concluded and third period began.
Northeastern cut into the Eagles' lead at the midway portion of the third after Ryan Rosenthal tossed home Trevor Owens' rebound.
John Stevens lobbed the puck at Demko where Owens was in position to try and backhand the rebound in. Owens' attempt kicked out to Rosenthal on the far post and the freshman was just able to sneak it under Demko's stretched left leg to make it a 3-2 affair at 13:26.
Just over a minute later, Gilmour added some Eagle insurance and cashed in on Aston-Reese's tripping call at 13:43.
Hanifin quarterbacked the power play strike from atop the left zone, switching sides to first-year forward Zach Sanford parked just above the slot. With Witt guarding Sanford's angle, he quickly disposed of the puck to Gilmour in front of the far post. The puck got to Gilmour's stick before Witt could shift over and Gilmour roofed it at 14:40 to ice the 4-2 final.
Boston College looks to avenge its Nov. 7 loss against arch rival No. 2 Boston University on Friday night at Agganis Arena. Friday night's 7 p.m. tilt will be broadcast live on New England Sports Network (NESN).
- Chris Calnan scored his second-career short-handed goal and also the Eagles' second short-handed tally of the season. Ryan Fitzgerald accounted for BC's only other shorty against BU on Nov. 7. Calnan has not scored two goals on three occasions and firs time since Dec. 6, 2014, against New Hampshire
- Adam Gilmour is on a four-game goal scoring streak, standing as the longest career goal-scoring spell of any current Eagle.
- Adam Gilmour has also scored a power play goal in three-consecutive games. The last Eagle to turn the trick was Johnny Gaudreau in 2013-14, when he scored a power play goal in five-straigt games from Feb. 14 - March 1, 2014.
- Steve Santini returned to the lineup following his 17-game hiatus from a wrist injury. Santini logged his first assist of the season in his reurn.
- Boston College's seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) is second-best in the NCAA at this point.