|2nd||14:15||BC||1-0||EV||Alex Tuch (2)||Adam Gilmour/3, Michael Matheson/1|
|2nd||16:55||BC||2-0||PP GW||Adam Gilmour (1)||Noah Hanifin/1, Michael Matheson/2|
|3rd||12:55||BC||3-0||PP||Adam Gilmour (2)||Noah Hanifin/2, Michael Matheson/3|
|3rd||17:48||UMA||1-3||PP EA||Shane Walsh (1)||Dennis Kravchenko/2, Frank Vatrano/1|
|3rd||19:27||BC||4-1||EV EN||Quinn Smith (2)||Alex Tuch/3, Ian McCoshen/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (3-1-0)||2/6||8/16||0|
|Henry Dill (L, 2-1-0)||59:18||3||6||8||13||27|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Thatcher Demko (W, 3-1-0)||60:00||1||3||11||7||21|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's hockey team rode the special teams units to its first Hockey East victory of the season and third-consecutive win after sophomore Adam Gilmour buried a pair of 5-on-3 tallies to power past Massachusetts on Saturday night at Kelley Rink, 4-1.
The Eagles have now scored at least one power play goal in three of their last four outings as Boston College limited the Minutemen to just 22 shots, including only three attempts in the first period despite UMass owning a pair of power play opportunities.
The Eagles lobbed 31 shots at first-year goaltender Henry Dill while sophomore netminder Thatcher Demko steered away 21 attempts in his third-straight victory.
Four Eagles turned in multi-point efforts with Gilmour's two power play goal and an assist performance leading the way. Junior captain Michael Matheson finished with a playmaker, helping out on three BC tallies while Alex Tuch secured his second-career goal and third-career assist. Rookie blue liner Noah Hanifin also gained his first-career assists, doling out the primary dish on both of Gilmour's markers.
Senior Quinn Smith polished off UMass with an empty net goal at 19:27, marking his second-straight outing with a goal.
The second period was rot with penalties, but after the Eagles killed off a Matheson hooking call, BC's fourth infraction of the game, the Eagles channeled that momentum into the first strike of the contest.
UMass continued to possess after the Matheson penalty expired, but BC's captain made up for his infraction by breaking up a play low in the zone and send the puck up the boards to Gilmour in stride. Gilmour and Tuch created a 2-on-1 situation and capitalized on the opportunity at 14:15 of the second.
Tuch hung around out wide and after receiving the dish from Gilmour, took three strides and fired a blistering wrist shot over Dill's mitt from the right dot to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
The penalty box parade continued, but this time Boston College was the beneficiary and added to its lead thanks to Gilmour's 5-on-3 snipe at 16:55 of the same frame.
Emerson Auvenshire and Jake Horton took interference and slashing calls, in that order, at 15:52 and 16:32, giving BC the lengthy two-man advantage.
The Eagles defense worked the disc around the zone, creating the perfect lane just from within the blue line. Matheson shifted over to Hanifin between the circles and the rookie quickly relayed it to Gilmour camped out on the left dot. Gilmour discharged with plenty of room and beat Dill over his right shoulder at 16:55 for the 2-0 lead.
It was all Boston College in the third frame as the Eagles netted yet another 5-on-3 power play rip from the same identical line at 12:55.
Troy Power was cited for a five-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing at 10:40 and Horton chased Power's call with a high-sticking infraction at 12:10 to give BC another long two-man power play.
Once again, Matheson quarterbacked the play on the left circle and eventually slipped the puck up to Hanifin for a one-timer above the right circle. Hanifin's blast was just wide but the puck took a fortuitous bounce off the back boards where Gilmour was in perfect position to dump the carom to the back of the net with Dill out of position for a 3-0 lead.
The Minutemen eventually broke up Demko's shutout bid late in the third on a Shane Walsh power play goal at 17:48. Gilmour took a hooking call at 17:21 and Walsh was able to beat the defense in front with extra room to cut the deficit, 3-1. UMass also elected for the extra skater, making it a 6-on-4 affair when scoring.
Smith eventually put the game out of reach, sending in the empty-netter at 19:27 on a great clear by the Eagles. McCoshen sent the puck off the boards and Smith was off the races to seal the 4-1 victory.
The first period did not offer many looks in the way of scoring for either club despite UMass going on the power play three times in the opening frame. The Eagles' penalty kill shined, limiting the Minutemen to just three shots.
Matheson's blast from within the blue line was Boston College's best chance. Matheson's rip beat Dill's bid, but the puck clanged off the right post and shot harmlessly into the corner.
Boston College finished up 2-for-6 on the power play while UMass turned in a 1-for-5 effort.
Boston College takes to the road once again next weekend for a two-game swing at Magness Arena when the Eagles collide with Denver on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1. Local puck drop will take place at 9 p.m.
- Boston College has now scored at least one power play goal in its last three outings.
- Adam Gilmour recorded his second-career two-goal game, following his two-tally performance against Boston University on Jan. 17, 2014. The Hanover, Mass., native also added an assist this evening for his fourth-career three-point performance. That occurred against BU on Jan. 17, 2014, as well. Gilmour's second 5-on-3 goal stood as the game-winner as the second-year forward has five game-winners. The two goals also stand as Gilmour's fifth and sixth power play goals in 44 games played as Boston College.
- Michael Matheson turned in his third-career playmaker in Saturday's victory with his last one taking place against Providence on Jan. 10, 2014.
- Alex Tuch is riding a three-game point streak. The Baldwinsville, N.Y., native has also scored a goal and an assist in his last two contests.
- Noah Hanifin notched his first-career assists as an Eagle in addition to his first-career multi-point game in Saturday night's win. The Norwood, Mass., native provided the primary assist on Gilmour's two strikes.
- Quinn Smith has scored a goal in his last two outings, citing his second-career goal scoring streak. Smith's first two-game goal scoring streak took place from Feb. 1-4, 2013).