Gaudreau Leads BC Past BU
Gillies' 7th Shutout Gives Providence Another Win
CHN Staff Report
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, and Boston College outshot Boston University, 32-6, at even strength, on the way to a 5-1 victory over the crosstown rivals, in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
BC is unbeaten in Hockey East at 3-0, 5-2-1 overall. It displayed the same kind of dominance against BU that it faced from Minnesota a couple of weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Boston University is searching for answers after dropping to 4-5-0.
“We had zone time (early on). We just never got a puck to the net,” BU coach David Quinn told WEEI after the game, explaining his team's struggles. “I thought it got too easy for them in our end. I just thought our d-zone coverage… a lot of puck-watching, a lot of turn-aways. Against a team like that, you’re going to pay. And we paid.”
Gaudreau highlighted the show for the Eagles yet again. His best play of the night came on an assist, when he barreled around the net for a wraparound, only to throw a behind-the-back pass in front to a wide open Bill Arnold, who buried it.
“I think he’s the only player I’ve ever played with that would know to not shoot that,” Arnold told WEEI. “Kind of on a mini breakaway there, take it behind the net, curl, throw it back out. It was a wide-open net. It was the easiest goal you’re ever going to score. Just a tremendous play by him. Just in terms of playing with him, every shift he’s on the ice… he could go 1-on-3 and score a goal. He’s dangerous from everywhere. It’s a ton of fun to play with him, and I’m really fortunate I’m getting that opportunity this year.”
Noel Acciari scored a shorthanded goal in the second period, the only score of the game, as Providence shut out Merrimack, 1-0. For goalie Jon Gillies, it was his seventh shutout, tying a school record just one month into his sophomore season.
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With a man already in the box, Vermont's Connor Brickley was called for a major for hitting from behind, opening the door for Maine to win the game.
The call came with under five minutes left in the third period, with the game scoreless to that point. Maine scored two goals during the major, one during the five-on-three, just 13 seconds off the faceoff. Martin Ouellette had 23 saves for the shutout for the Black Bears.
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Cornell scored a pair of goals with under two minutes to play, and got a 3-3 tie on the road against Rensselaer.
After scoring the second goal, Cornell got a power play when RPI's Ryan Haggerty, the nation's top scorer, took an undisciplined penalty. The Big Red capitalized with the extra skater and their net empty.
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Clarkson continued its hot start, defeating Dartmouth, 3-2. The Big Green dropped to 0-5.
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Likewise, Quinnipiac continues to roll, adding a victory against Brown to improve to 9-1. The Bobcats outshot Brown, 48-20, and got a shutout from Michael Garteig.
The game was delayed 30 minutes because Brown had bus troubles getting to the arena.
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Following up last week's four-goal game, Robert Morris' Cody Wydo had a hat trick as the Colonials defeated Canisius, 6-1. Wydo now has 10 goals on the season, one behind national leader Ryan Haggerty of RPI.