CHESTNUT HILL, MA – #3/4 Boston College took a commanding 4-0 lead, defeating #9 Merrimack 4-2 as head coach Jerry York became the second college hockey coach to win 900 games before 7,390 fans Friday night at Conte Forum.
Merrimack (15-8-6, 11-7-4 HEA) concludes its season-series against the Eagles Saturday at Lawler Arena at 7 p.m. The game is sold out but will be broadcast live at merrimackathletics.com.
With the loss, the Warriors fall to fifth-place, two points behind Maine and UMass Lowell for third.
Outshooting Merrimack 11-1 in the first, the Eagles took the early lead as Patrick Wey notched his first of the season and just the second of his 83-game career at 10:53. With BC on a three-on-two, Wey took feeds from Steven Whitney and Bill Arnold and beat Joe Cannata (Wakefield, MA) over the blocker. After a flurry of shots, Johnny Gaudreau put home a rebound for his 14th of the season at 13:53, giving the Eagles two first-period goals in a three-minute span.
Barry Almeida made it 3-0 on the power play at 6:43 of the second. On their first power play of the game, Almeida redirected a shot from Tommy Cross for his 18th of the season. Paul Carey made it 4-0 with an unassisted tally at 16:23 that fluttered through traffic and past Cannata.
Outshot 15-9 in the second by BC, Stollery got Merrimack on the board at 18:53 with his seventh of the year. Stollery took feeds from Shawn Bates (Ft. Saskatchewan, AB) and Mike Collins (Boston, MA) and beat Parker Milner over the glove for his 22nd career tally.
Heywood cut the lead in half just 31 seconds into the third, as his one-timer from outside the faceoff circle beat Milner past his right pad for his fourth of the year, assisted by Ryan Flanigan (Rochester, NY).
Merrimack had its chances in the third, outshooting BC 9-3, but point-blank shots by Justin Mansfield (Arlington, MA) and Stollery were stopped by the blocker of Milner.
Cannata made 25 saves in the losing effort, as the senior surrendered three or more goals for just the sixth time this year, excluding empty netters.
BC outshot Merrimack 29-19, as the Warriors were only credited with one shot in the first, despite having more than one scoring chance.
The Eagles were 1-for-2 on the power play, while Merrimack went 0-for-2.
Moving into a tie for first place with Boston University, York became the second coach in NCAA history to reach 900 career wins.