clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Hockey East roundup: Providence, Merrimack rally from behind in ties; UMass falls to ECAC foe Colgate

Boston College 3, Providence 3 (OT)
Despite a pair of goals by rookie defenseman Michael Matheson and 34 saves from senior Parker Milner, the No. 2 Boston College Eagles were unable to set a new historic milestone as they salvaged a point from the host Friars in a tie at Schneider Arena. Rookie Nick Saracino's first-collegiate goal tied the score with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation for PC to break the Eagles' two-goal advantage and snatch head coach Jerry York's record-setting 925th win away. Led by a career-high goal and an assist from Johnston, R.I. native and rookie Noel Acciari, Providence snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Eagles and earned a crucial point in the Hockey East standings to take fourth place. Although PC's losing streak in the series was snapped, the Eagles still hold an impressive unbeaten streak of 17 games (14-0-3), dating back to a pair of defeats in Feb. 2008. For BC, Matheson recorded a game-high six shots and finished a game-high +2 on the night. On the Friar end, Jon Gillies made his 15th start in as many games to begin his rookie season and the South Portland, Maine native made 26 saves to remain one game above .500 at 7-6-2. The Eagles return to action following a 22-day break to take on Alabama-Huntsville in the first round of the Mariucci Classic at the University of Minnesota, while the Friars look to carry the momentum into a layoff before facing Vermont on Dec. 20.

Merrimack 2, Harvard 2 (OT)
In the first-ever meeting between the teams in North Andover, Mass., the Warriors and No. 20 Crimson skated to a draw. Tommy O'Regan and rookie Desmond Bergin scored goals just 29 seconds apart in the fourth minute of the second period, but the Warriors were able to rally for a pair in the latter half of the stanza to salvage the split. Junior Mike Collins netted the equalizer past junior Raphael Girard (36 saves) at 13:58 to close the scoring. Harvard sophomore and Needham, Mass. native Tommy O'Regan, whose freshman brother Danny plays at Boston University, netted a goal and an assist to equal his fourth career multi-goal game. The Warriors were up one man for the entire five-minute overtime, but the Crimson penalty kill finished strong with its sixth kill in as many attempts during the contest. For the Warriors, junior Sam Marotta made 22 saves in the contest to keep his record below .500, 3-4-1. With the tie, Merrimack now is 2-0-1 in the all-time series against a Crimson squad that set the NCAA record for draws with 11 last season. The Crimson return to action with their second of three consecutive contests against Hockey East opponents on Monday as they host UMass-Lowell in Cambridge, while senior Nick Drew makes his first-collegiate start for the Warriors in a Saturday afternoon exhibition with the U.S. Under-18 Team.

Colgate 6, Massachusetts 4
Led by a career-high goal and three assists from junior Adam Phillips, the Minuteman attack was alive and well, but could not muster enough in a loss to the pesky Raiders at Mullins Center. One game after ending a 30-game scoreless streak, Phillips posted a goal in his second consecutive game, while fellow junior Joel Hanley posted his third multi-point game in the past four contests with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Kevin Boyle made 19 saves on the night for UMass, despite falling to 5-4-2 in the opener of the weekend series. The Raiders posted their third six-goal explosion of the season, led by rookie Kyle Baun's two goals and four points, becoming the fourth CU player of the season to turn the feat.

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