LOWELL, MA (Jan. 18, 2008) - Juniors Benn Ferriero (Essex, MA) and Tim Filangieri (Islip Terrace, NY) and freshman Joe Whitney (Reading, MA) each registered one goal and one assist as No. 12 Boston College defeated No. 15 UMass Lowell, 5-4, Friday night in a Hockey East clash in front of 5,065 at the Tsongas Arena.
With the loss, UML slipped to 10-6-4 overall and 5-6-4 in Hockey East entering Saturday night's home tilt against No. 9 Massachusetts (7:00). UMass (9-6-5, 4-5-4 HE) suffered a 3-2 loss at Providence Friday night.
Boston College improved to 11-5-5 overall and 7-3-4 in Hockey East.
Sophomore Kory Falite (Billerica, MA) led the River Hawks with one goal and two assists while sophomore Barry Goers (Ivyland, PA) assisted on two goals.
The River Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period as freshman Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, ALB) capitalized on UML's first power play 3:20 into the game with help from Falite and Goers. Sophomore Jonathan Maniff (Revere, MA) doubled UML's lead at 9:43 with assists to sophomore Ian Schaser (Eden Prairie, MN) and freshman Jason DeLuca (East Moriches, NY).
The Eagles answered with three straight goals in the second period just seven minutes apart to take a 3-2 edge. Whitney tallied at 7:05 on a power play with assists to Ferriero and sophomore Ben Smith (Avon, CT) and senior Matt Greene (Plymouth, MA) knotted the score just under three minutes later off a pass from senior Dan Bertram (Calgary, ALB).
Filangieri put BC ahead 3-2 at 14:06 with assists going to juniors Nathan Gerbe (Oxford, MI) and Brock Bradford (Burnaby, BC). Falite, however, evened the score at 16:45 with help from sophomore Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, CO) and freshman Patrick Cey (Saskatoon, SASK).
The Eagles broke the deadlock 1:27 into the third period when Ferriero tallied off passes from Smith and Whitney and freshman Brian Gibbons (Braintree, MA) netted the proven game-winner at 7:20 with help from Filangieri and Gerbe.
"We played a great first period and came out in the second period and had some spectacular chances to go up 3-0 if we had scored on that early power play," said UML coach Blaise MacDonald. "Then we became disjointed in the second period.
"Giving up that early goal in the third period made it tough for us to recover," MacDonald added. "In the first two minutes of the (third) period, it was a key tie for us and for us to give that up really hurt."
With an extra skater, UML pulled one back with 4.7 seconds left in the game when sophomore Jeremy Dehner (Madison, WI) scored his first goal of the year off assists from Goers and Falite.
"I like the way we battled," MacDonald said. "The entire game it felt like we had a chance to win. It just wasn't the game we wanted to play in the second period. I think we are more like the team we played in the first period."