STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team's bid for another late third period comeback against Boston College fell short on Saturday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum as the No. 1 nationally ranked Eagles came away with a 4-2 win to give head coach Jerry York his 1,100-career victory.
The Huskies finish the weekend series getting two-points in the standings and are now 5-6-2 on the season. The Eagles improved to 9-2-1 overall.
After a 1-1 first period, BC put two on the board in the second including a shorthanded goal from Marc McLaughlin with 38 seconds left in the period to take a 3-1 lead. The Huskies pulled within 3-2 with 4:01 left as sophomore Jake Flynn (Bridgewater, Mass.) scored on the power play, his first goal of the season.
With an empty net for the extra skater, the Huskies went looking for another late goal to tie but BC put an end to the comeback bid with Jack St. Ivany scoring on the open goal for deep in his own zone to ice the game.
BC goaltender Spencer Knight remained unbeaten on the season posting 37 saves to earn the win. BC's Casey Carreau scored and picked up an assist and Harrison Roy scored the other Eagle goal.
UConn junior Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, British Columbia) scored the Huskies first goal on the night, an unassisted effort off a BC turnover. Junior goaltender Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov, Czech Republic) made 34 saves. The Huskies killed off all five BC power plays.
The Eagles got on the board first and early in the first period, as Roy scored his second on the weekend. The puck found Eamon Powell at the high point who put a shot on goal. The rebound was corralled near the right post by Roy who put it past Vomacka for a 1-0 lead.
UConn answered at the 8:00 minute mark as Turnbull capitalized on a BC turnover in the neutral zone. The junior burst back into the zone firing on Knight, collecting his own rebound and quickly putting it past the goaltender for his sixth of the year and tying it at 1-1.
BC struck for two in the second the first coming at the 15:48 mark. A UConn turnover led to a 3-on-2 chance for the Eagles with Jack McBain in the slot feeding Carreau at the right post who beat Vomacka to the spot to stuff in in for a 2-1 lead.
The Huskies got their first power play chance at 18:18 but BC, who leads the nation in shorthanded goals, extended their lead just before the end of the period. Drew Helleson dug the puck out behind the net and quickly sent BC up ice with Matt Boldy feeding McLaughlin for the finish with 38 seconds left.
The Huskies put together a late push for the second-straight night starting on their second power play chance of the night at 15:05. The puck cycled back to Flynn at the high point and the sophomore defenseman fired a shot that found its way through traffic to beat a screened Knight in the low left corner, his first goal on the season.
With the goaltender pulled the Huskies pushed for the tying goal but BC's St. Ivany got the puck deep in their zone along the right boards and fired the puck full ice, scoring on the empty net to seal the win. It was Ivany's first goal as an Eagle.