Hockey East Quarterfinals: Boston College 3, UMass 2

By Dan Libon 

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – For the second night in a row, Boston College crept off their home ice with a one-goal victory, as the Eagles defeated University of Massachusetts (Amherst) on Saturday, 3-2 and clinched a spot in next weekend’s Hockey East quarterfinals.

“The quarterfinal series has always been extremely difficult,” BC head coach Jerry York said. “From our prospective, we played a lot better than we did [on Friday and] I’m very pleased with that.”

The Minutemen wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as senior co-captain T.J Snyder found sophomore Conor Sheary at 2:54 in the opening period, which provided UMass with a 1-0 advantage.

Two minutes later, BC lit the lamp when freshman Johnny Gaudreau assisted junior Pat Mullane, who rifled the puck over the shoulder of UMass netminder Kevin Boyle for the Eagles first score of the contest.

The Eagles then doubled their lead four minutes after their first strike on a Minutemen power play when sophomore Bill Arnold deposited the puck into Boyle’s cage, which gave BC a 2-1 lead heading into the middle frame.

UMass eventually netted the tying goal when sophomore Joel Hanley redirected senior Michael Marcou’s shot toward the BC cage at 18:03 before the Eagles responded literally a minute later with goal by junior Brian Dumoulin. However, Dumoulin’s goal created a tad bit of controversy, as the UMass benched believed the play prior to the score was icing.

“It was disgraceful,” UMass head coach Don “Toot” Cahoon said. “If Snyder didn’t get hit from behind the net to get the puck then there should of been a huge embellishment penalty.”

The Minutemen had a few chances during the final session to even the score again, but instead, they couldn’t produce anything on various offensive series, which allowed the Eagles to earn the victory, as well as the series sweep, too.

BC will return to the ice on Friday, Mar. 16 when they face either University of Massachusetts (Lowell) or Providence College at the TD Garden.

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