Friday, January 8, 2016

No. 7 BC Tops No. 3 Providence, 7-3

Boston College freshman forward Colin White, fresh off of earning a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Finland, fashioned a hat trick in his return to the Heights as seventh-ranked BC upended third-ranked Providence. 7-3, on Friday evening in a Hockey East match-up in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

White, who scored BC's first, third and sixth goals, also added an assist as the host Eagles (14-4-1 overall, 7-1-1 HEA) snapped a three-game losing string that included a 2-1 loss to Providence in the consolation game of the Florida College Hockey Classic on Dec. 29.

Freshman netminder Ian Milosz, making his first-ever collegiate start, stopped 24 of 27 shots for the Eagles, while Ryan Fitzgerald scored one goal and set up three others for BC. The Eagles also went 3-for-4 on the power play before a sold-out crowd of 7,884 at Kelley Rink..

Nick Ellis took the loss with 13 saves on 18 shots for the Friars (13-3-3, 4-1-2), the defending NCAA champions. John Gilmour notched a goal and an assist for Providence, which has now lost three of its last four games after opening the campaign with a 16-game unbeaten streak.

The two rivals will complete their home-and-home series Saturday night at Schneider Arena.

ADDENDUM: BC rebounded from a 4-1 deficit with three consecutive goals for a 4-4 tie at Providence.

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