Hockey East: 1-22-1
• Full Schedule/Results
1. Bryan Schmidt 13-18--31
2. Matt Johnson 10-17--27
3. Jeff Caron 5-20--25
4. Mike Alexiou 11-5--16
4. Matt Byrnes 2-14--16
4. Steve Crusco 3-13--16
1. Bryan Schmidt 13
2. Mike Alexiou 11
3. Matt Johnson 10
4. Jordan Black 9
5. Brent Gough 6
1. Jeff Caron 20
2. Bryan Schmidt 18
3. Matt Johnson 17
4. Matt Byrnes 14
5. Steve Crusco 13
Power Play Goals
1. Bryan Schmidt 8
2. Mike Alexiou 6
2. Matt Johnson 6
4. Jeff Caron 4
4. Brent Gough 4
1. Jordan Black 2
1. Matt Johnson 2
3. Brent Gough 1
Goals Against Avg.
1. Jim Healey 3.73 (7-19-2)
2. Frank McLaughlin 4.07 (1-4-0)
3. Casey Guenther 5.79 (0-3-0)
1. Jim Healey .889
2. Frank McLaughlin .883
3. Casey Guenther .855
Power Play (HE)
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Senior forward Ned Havern (Arlington, Mass.) scored two goals and added two assists, and senior forward Patrick Eaves (Faribault, Minn.) added two goals and an assist to lead top-ranked Boston College to an 8-3 win over Merrimack in a Hockey East game on Friday night at Kelley Rink.
The Eagles, who were 3-for-6 on the power play and scored a shorthanded goal, improved to 18-4-5, 12-1-5 Hockey East, while Merrimack fell to 8-21-2, 1-17-1 with its ninth consecutive loss.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 13:34, scoring on an odd-man rush and adding a pair of power play goals. Senior forward Ryan Murphy started the first scoring play, finding Eaves at the blue line just before getting off the ice on a line change. Eaves sprinted around a defender and put a backhanded shot through Merrimack senior goaltender Casey Guenther (Boissevain, Man.) at 7:08.
Havern extended the lead with a power play goal at 11:59, knocking in a rebound off a shot by junior defender Peter Harrold (Kirtland Hills, Ohio). Senior forward Ryan Shannon (Darien, Conn.) added another power play goal less than two minutes later, deflecting a shot by senior defenseman Andrew Alberts (Eden Prairie, Minn.) over Guenther's right shoulder to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Merrimack junior defenseman Bryan Schmidt made quick work of the Warriors' third power play opportunity, cutting the lead to two goals with his 13th goal of the season just before the first intermission. Sophomore forward Jordan Black (Canton, Mich.) won a faceoff in the left circle back to Schmidt with just 11.6 seconds remaining in the period. Schmidt blasted a slap shot past the glove of BC senior goaltender Matti Kaltiainen (Espoo, Finland) with just 7.2 seconds remaining in the period.
Merrimack looked to cut the lead to one goal with a power play opportunity just 42 seconds into the second period, but BC junior forward Chris Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) dashed those hopes when he scored a shorthanded goal off his own rebound 34 seconds into the penalty. Junior forward Stephen Gionta (Rochester, N.Y.) dug the puck free behind the net to set up the Eagles' fourth goal.
Eaves scored his second of the game halfway through the period on a 5-on-3 power play to give BC a 5-1 lead. Sophomore forward Joe Rooney (Canton, Mass.) found Eaves at the top of the left circle, and Eaves blasted a one-time shot past Guenther for his 16th goal of the season.
Rookie forward Brian O'Hanley (Quincy, Mass.) gave the Eagles a 6-1 lead less than three minutes later, dumping the puck past Merrimack junior goaltender Frank McLaughlin (Drexel Hill, Pa.) at the right post after a scramble in front of the net.
The Eagles added two more goals in the first three minutes of the third period, pushing the lead to 8-1. Kaltiainen fed Harrold with an up-ice pass, and Harrold rushed in from the right, beating McLaughlin with a shot to the short side just 31 seconds into the final period. Havern scored his second of the game less than two minutes later, leading a 2-on-1 rush and beating McLaughlin with a shot through the five-hole.
Merrimack junior forward Brent Gough (St. Albert, Alta.) scored his fifth goal of the season off assists from senior forward Steve Crusco (Waltham, Mass.) and junior forward Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) with less than seven minutes to play to cut the lead to 8-2. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Sullivan (Toronto, Ont.) scored his second goal of the season when Black found him from behind the net at the left circle with just over a minute to play. Sophomore forward Justin Mills (Edgerton, Alta.) also assisted on the goal.
Guenther, making his first start since Jan. 20, 2004, made 17 saves before being replaced by McLaughlin following the Eagles' fifth goal. McLaughlin made nine saves for the Warriors, who were outshot 34-19. Kaltiainen stopped 13 shots to get the win before being replaced by senior Robbie Miller (Freehold, N.J.) early in the third period. Miller made three saves for BC.
Merrimack returns to J. Thom Lawler Arena to face New Hampshire on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The game will be televised live by NESN. Boston College will face Harvard on Monday in the consolation game of the Beanpot.
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