NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — Boston College beat Merrimack College 2-1 in overtime Sunday to win the season series, 2-1-0. The roles were reverse, after Merrimack College beat Boston College in their last meeting, 2-1 in overtime. With the win, the Eagles move into a three-way tie for first place in Hockey East and move up to fourth in the Pairwise rankings. The loss hurt Merrimack more than it helped Boston College, the Warriors dropped to 24th.
The Boston College Eagles got the scoring started only 6:32 into the first period on a Steven Whitney goal. The goal was Whitney’s 20th of the season to lead all Eagles. A little over six minutes later, at 12:43, Shawn Bates tallied the game equalizer after multiple rebounds, while on the power play. The second period was uneventful and passed by quickly. Merrimack College squandered a 5-on-3 opportunity in the third period and neither team was able to net the game-wining-goal. After three periods of play, the game enter overtime for the second time in as many games between these two teams. Quinn Smith netted the game-winner off of a juicy rebound and sent the Eagles home with the overtime victory with 2:37 remaining.
Parker Milner stopped 43-of-44 shots that Merrimack fired at him. The Warriors out-shot Boston College 20-7 in the first period. Milner’s outstanding performance earned him the night’s second star of the game. Merrimack forward, Shawn Bates had 11 of the teams 44 shots with six coming in the first period. Even though Merrimack out-shot Boston College 44-28, it wasn’t enough to earn the victory.
Merrimack College went 1-for-5 while skating on the power play, while Boston College was unable to tally a special teams goal in only a single power play opportunity.
Boston College welcomes UMass-Lowell into Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on Tuesday, while Merrimack College heads to Boston University. All games from here on out have consequences, both in the Hockey East standings and the Pairwise rankings.