Monday, December 5, 2011
BC Bounces Back to Split with BU
Boston University visited Boston College at a sold-out Kelley Rink for a Hockey East Conference matchup on Friday night. And for the second time in three weeks, the visiting Terriers defeated the host Eagles, this time by a 5-3 count. BU had earlier shut out BC, 5-0, on Nov. 19, their first whitewash of the Eagles since 1983.
Kieran Millan made 42 stops for the No. 13 Terriers (8-4-1 overall, 6-3-1 Hockey East), who were outshot by a 45-15 margin before 7,884 fans. Yasin Ciss and Casey Hohmann scored their first-ever collegiate goals in helping BU build a 4-1 lead midway through the third period, before No. 3 BC scored two of the game's final three goals. The Terriers led 2-0 after one period, and 3-1 after two stanzas.
"The only reason why that game wasn't ... a lot closer is that [Millan] played unbelievable," said BU coach Jack Parker at uscho.com. "He was fabulous tonight."
BC, which had lost three of its previous four games, rebounded the following night up the MBTA Green Line at Agannis Arena, and scored four times in the second period en route to a 6-1 win. The Eagles got goals from six different skaters, including the game-winner from senior captain Tommy Cross, and 40 saves from freshman netminder Brian Billett in besting the Terriers for the first time this season. The Maine native, who was making just his second career start, made 22 stops in the second period alone.
"It was unimaginable," said Billett at The Heights about getting the start . "Going into the game I was just as relaxed as usual and I knew I had a great team in front of me. I felt comfortable that we were going to get a win out of it."
The two schools could possibly meet again in the Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 13 at TD North Garden. BC is currently ranked third in the nation by USCHO.com, while BU checks in at No. 11.