CHESTNUT HILL - Boston University had no trouble solving Boston College goaltender Parker Milner, sending five goals past the Eagles' junior netminder in a 5-0 rout of the Eagles in the first meeting of the season between the two teams at Conte Forum on Sunday night.
"Obviously it was a really solid effort from start to finish for us," said BU coach Jack Parker, picked up his first win of the season against BC. "We got off to a good start. The game-changer was we killed the penalty in the first period. If we'd given up a couple power play goals we'd be up on our heels. Instead, we did a great job killing penalties."
Boston University (4-4-1, 3-3-1 Hockey East) was a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill, including 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the first period, while converting on 2-of-5 power plays. The Terriers only allowed one shot on goal during the BC power play in the opening period.
"We had to kill too many in the first, but we did a great job doing it," said Parker. "Obviously special teams were the difference because we got two goals on the power play and a shot in on goal."
Corey Trivino scored the Terriers' first goal 54 seconds into the game, assisted by Sean Escobedo and Chris Connolly. Wade Megan added BU's second goal of the game on a power play at the other end of the period with 47 seconds left before intermission, assisted by Connolly and Trivino.
Alex Chiasson scored BU's third goal (assists from Adam Clendening and Sahir Gill) at 9:58 of the second period and Mat Nieto potted his seven goal of the season and the Terriers' fourth (assists from Charlie Coyle and Alex Chiasson) before Megan scored his second goal at 18:22 of the third period, unassisted.
Kieran Millan had 21 saves, nine of which came in the second period, for BU while Milner had 15 saves in the loss for Boston College (9-3-0, 7-2-0 Hockey East), which fell to 112-126-17 in the all-time series.
"Kieran played really well in the cage," Parker said. "I thought our entire team played really smart defensively, battled defensively and obviously made some nice plays. It would be a shame to single any one guy out because they all played so hard and they all played really smart. It was our best effort of the year, no question about it."
Boston University returns to action on Friday night when it hosts Vermont while Boston College travels to take on Notre Dame this Friday night.