|BC goalie Brian Billett was the game'|
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BC jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Danny Linell's first collegiate goal. Kieran Millan made the initial save and the puck kicked around the crease before Linell put home the rebound at 5:51.
BU evened the score with little over a minute to go in the first. The puck deflected into the corner after BC goalie Brian Billett stopped Ryan Ruikka's shot from the point. There, Corey Trivino attempted to make a pass to the front of the net. The puck hit off a sliding BC defender and banked into the goal behind Billett.
BU had a load of chances in the second stanza, but could not convert and it was BC extending their lead just a minute and fifty seconds into the frame. Tommy Cross skated through (what seemed like) the entire BU defense and cut right to the front of the net where he shoveled a back-hander past Millan, off the cross bar, and in. Prior to the goal, Chris Connolly appeared to have put BU on top, but his shot hit the post (?). The BU crowd (my self included) all thought it was in. Cross scored before the refs could review the play. After Cross’s goal, the refs did look at it and said that it was not a goal.
BC broke the game wide open in the latter stages of the period. Chris Kreider picked off a BU pass and used Terrier defensemen, Patrick MacGergor as a screen. Kreider reeled off a shot from the top of the dot, past Millan, off the post, and into the goal. Little over two minutes later, Johnny Gaudreau potted a rebound making it 4-1. At the 18:24 mark, Bill Arnold blasted a slapper from the far-side hash marks by Millan, upping the lead to 5-1. The shot completely beat the BU goalie as the puck hit the center support beam inside the goal.
Paul Carey added another goal about four minutes into the third period, beating Grant Rollhieser, who came in relief of Millan at the start of the period.
This loss ended BU's five game win streak and it was also the first time BU lost to BC this year. The Terriers have not beaten Boston College at home since 2009.
More reaction coming on Monday, as usual.
Next up for BU: a road trip up to Durham to face off with New Hampshire, then Saturday at Maine.