Hockey East roundup: League teams finish Saturday 4-0-1 against ECAC rivals; UNH downs Denver

Boston University 4, St. Lawrence 0
Four different Terriers scored goals and rookie Sean Maguire made 21 saves for his second win of the season as No. 10 BU snapped the Saints' eight-game unbeaten streak against Hockey East opponents with the shutout at Agganis Arena. After SLU opened its weekend against former ECAC rivals, it was held to just 21 shots in comparison to a season-high 47 for the Terriers. Rookie Sam Kurker, a St. John's Prep product and Reading, Mass. native, extended the lead for the home team with 1:06 left in the second period to break the backs of the visitors as they dropped to 5-4-2 on the season and fall for just the second time this year in non-conference action. On the other end, SLU senior Matt Weninger was outstanding as he made an astounding 43 saves, including 21 in the second period alone. BU senior captain Wade Megan opened the scoring at 11:15, while the Terriers held Saints senior Kyle Flanagan (a high school teammate of Megan's and a Canton, N.Y. native) and junior Greg Carey scoreless for the first time since a loss at Yale on Nov. 10. The Terriers return to the ice next Friday night when they host archrival Boston College for the second and final time this season.




Boston College 6, Dartmouth 3
Led by a 12-point third period from the line of sophomore Johnny Gaudreau and seniors Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney, the Eagles posted their tenth victory in as many contests by doubling up the No. 11 Big Green in a matinee contest at Kelley Rink. With the victory, BC improved to 10-1-0 for the first time since 1978-79 when Len Ceglarski led the bench. Senior goaltender Parker Milner made 29 saves to capture the victory - the 52nd of his career and the 29th in the last 30 for the Eagles. Gaudreau led the charge with two goals against Dartmouth rookie Charles Grant, who made 25 saves in his first loss of the season, and three assists. The five points for Gaudreau marks a career high, surpassing his previous career high of four points in his second-ever game with the Eagles at North Dakota on Oct. 8, 2011. Mullane also posted a new career-high with two goals and four total points, smashing the previous mark he set at UMass on Oct. 19. For the Big Green, junior Matt Lindbland led the charge with two assists.

New Hampshire 6, Denver 4
Junior forward Kevin Goumas had three goals and two assists and sophomore forward Grayson Downing also had a hat trick as the Wildcats rallied to become the second New England foe to win in Magness Arena in consecutive nights. With the win, the third-ranked Wildcats certainly completed a Rocky Mountain high after earning a 4-4 tie at Colorado College on Friday. The host and second-ranked Pioneers held a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play, but Downing and Goumas scored all of UNH's goals in the final stanza to propel it to a sixth consecutive victory. Downing scored his fifth of the year just 79 seconds into the final periods, before Goumas, a Long Beach, N.Y. native, posted all three of his goals in the final stanza to turn the trick himself. The win was UNH's first over the Pioneers since 2001 and just the fourth in 13 all-time meetings between the teams. Wildcat sophomore Casey DeSmith made five saves in the first period, before junior Jeff Wyer concluded the final 50 minutes of the contest with 18 saves and a victory. The Wildcats return to the home confines of Whittemore Center for a contest next Friday against UMass-Lowell.

Providence 7, Brown 0
The Providence Friars drove across town to Brown's Meehan Auditorium and drove out the host Bears, stealing away the Mayor's Cup outright for the 15th-ever time with one of the series' most convincing victories. Junior Kevin Hart led the offensive attack from the blue line with a goal and three assists in the contest, while freshman Jon Gillies made his 12th straight start and turned in a career-high 35 saves for his second shutout of the season. The performance by the South Portland, Maine native included the most saves by a PC goaltender since Alex Beaudry's 42-stop effort on Feb. 12, 2011 at UMass. Seven different Friars scored goals in the game, including the first-collegiate goal by Tom Parisi with just about four minutes remaining in the second period. Brown's Marco DeFilippo, a native of Italy, was handed the loss but made 32 saves as the Bears fell to 2-4-2, heading into a date with Holy Cross tomorrow. The Friars return to Hockey East league play at Merrimack's Lawler Arena on Friday.

UMass-Lowell 3, Princeton 1
The River Hawks used a sudden eruption of offense in the late stages of the second period, scoring all they would need to top the Tigers in their first visit to UML's Tsongas Center since 2009. After Princeton clanked the crossbar and the post, UML begun its stretch of three transition goals off the stick of sophomore Terrence Wallin at 18:05, followed quickly by rookie Michael Colantone and junior Joseph Pendenza. All three goals were surrendered by Tiger senior Mike Condon, a Needham, Mass. native, who made 33 saves, including 12 in each of the final two stanzas. UML rookie Connor Hellebuyck evened his record to 1-1-0 with a 22-save performance, allowing just a score to sophomore Aaron Kesselman. The River Hawks are back in Hockey East action on Friday as it heads north to New Hampshire.

Minnesota 3, Vermont 1
It was a weekend of firsts for Gopher forward A.J. Michaelson as he posted his first-collegiate assist in the series opener and followed that up by shooting in the game-winner on Saturday, at 3:59 of the second, to lift the No. 4 team in college hockey to a weekend sweep of the hungry Catamounts at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Sophomore Jacob Fallon was the lone UVM skater to provide offensive support to rookie Brody Hoffman's 30-save effort as he scored at 4:15 of the final period, beating UM's Adam Wilcox. Senior defenseman Anders Franzon skated in his 100th career game on Saturday, registering three shots on goal, but the Cats were unable to muster enough to spoil the conclusion to Minnesota's first-ever trip to Burlington. UVM travels to Maine next Friday to meet the Black Bears for the first time this season.

Quinnipiac 2, Massachusetts 2 (OT)
The Minutemen scored a pair of goals on special teams opportunities, including a shorthanded strike from Conor Sheary late in the second period of a Mullins Center draw against the Bobcats. Also for the host Minutemen, junior Joel Hanley assisted on both goals. Mike Dalhuisen's unassisted goal against UMass sophomore Kevin Boyle (24 saves) equaled the final score at 7:34 of the third. Eric Hartzell turned in another strong performance against a Hockey East foe after shutting down Providence on Tuesday, turning aside 27 shots. The Minutemen return to league play for a crucial home-and-home with Northeastern next weekend.

Joshua Kummins is the Hockey East beat writer and a weekend editor for SB Nation Boston. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.

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