A disallowed goal let the #7 Boston College Eagles hold their lead and eventually defeat the Massachusetts Minutemen, 2-1, in Amherst on Thursday night.
With the win, Boston College hockey has now won five games in a row and is a perfect 8-for-8 in Hockey East points (4-0-0 conference record) to start the 2013-14 season. Their overall record is 7-2-1.
[UMASS] Branden Gracel (18:12 1st; Walsh, Shea): UMASS 1, BC 0
[BC] Johnny Gaudreau (9:25 2nd; MacLeod, Arnold): BC 1, UMASS 1
[BC] Kevin Hayes (13:42 2nd; Linell, Fitzgerald; PP): BC 2, UMASS 1
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau scored his tenth goal of the season in the Eagles’ tenth game on Thursday night; his 19 total points lead Hockey East. His ten goals also lead the conference at this stage.
Later in the contest, the Minutemen appeared to score a goal which would have tied the game, 2-2. Upon video review, however, it was ruled that the Massachusetts play was offsides and therefore the score was not counted. A recent rules change made this possible and allowed Boston College and goalie Brian Billett to hold on to victory.
Billett made 28 shots as the Eagles won; his counterpart, Mac Haight, stopped 31 shots in defeat.
Boston College again took too many penalties, serving eight minors and allowing the Minutemen to play on the man-advantage seven times. Fortunately for the Eagles, they killed all seven UMass power plays during the game, and converted on one of their five opportunities.
The Eagles will complete a home-and-home with the Minutemen as they host Massachusetts on Friday night at Kelley Rink.