Second-ranked Boston College entered its game Saturday night against Northeastern looking to end its worst stretch of the season, one win in its previous five games.
After one sloppy period, it didn’t look to be getting any better for BC, as the teams headed to the first intermission tied at 3. But associate head coaches Mike Cavanaugh and Greg Brown did something right between periods and the Eagles reeled off six unanswered goals the rest of the way to post a 9-3 drubbing of the Huskies at Matthews Arena.
Steven Whitney scored three goals, Pat Mullane added a goal and three assists, and Johnny Gaudreau had four assists for BC (14-5-2, 11-4-1 Hockey East), which was playing its second straight weekend without coach Jerry York, who’s recovering from eye surgery.
Braden Pimm, Robbie Vrolyk, and Adam Reid scored for NU in the first period, as the Huskies (7-11-2, 4-9-2) outshot BC, 13-9.
But Whitney started BC’s surge, beating Chris Rawlings 1:16 into the second period. Isaac MacLeod increased the lead to 5-3 1:15 later and Mullane struck at 8:52, ending Rawlings’s night and putting BC in command.
Providence 6, New Hampshire 5 — Derek Army scored twice and Kyle Murphy’s goal 3:47 into the third period stood up as the winner as the visiting Friars (10-9-3, 8-5-2 Hockey East) upset the No. 3 Wildcats (14-5-2, 9-4-1).
Brown 5, Harvard 2 — The host Bears (6-8-4, 2-5-4 ECAC) exploded for four goals in the second period and Anthony Borelli made 26 saves to backstop a win over the Crimson. Brian Hart had a goal and an assist for Harvard (5-10-1, 3-8-0).
Merrimack 3, Maine 2 — Kyle Bigos had a goal and an assist and Mike Collins assisted on all three goals as the visiting Warriors (8-9-5, 6-5-2 Hockey East) got past the Black Bears (5-13-4, 1-8-4) in Orono, Maine.
Yale 4, Dartmouth 2 — Tommy Fallen and Antoine Laganiere each had a goal and an assist to lift the 12th-ranked Bulldogs (11-4-3, 7-3-1 ECAC) past the No. 11 Big Green (10-6-2, 6-4-1) in New Haven.
Penn State 4, Vermont 2 — Robert Polesello and Kyle Mountain scored for the Catamounts (6-12-4) but the Nittany Lions (9-12-0) won the inaugural Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff at the Wells Fargo Center.
Niagara 4, Holy Cross 1 — Kyle Fletcher scored his ninth of the season for the Crusaders (12-8-2, 8-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) but the No. 15 Purple Eagles (14-4-4, 13-1-1) got goals from four players in Worcester.
Bentley 7, Canisius 2 — Andrew Gladiuk had two goals and two assists as the host Falcons (10-10-1, 8-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) finished a weekend sweep of the Golden Griffins (8-11-5, 7-6-2).
Mercyhurst 3, BC 2 — The No. 2 Eagles had their unbeaten streak (18 games) and winning streak (13 games) broken in Erie, Pa. Stephanie Ciampa made 40 saves for the No. 8 Lakers (17-4-1). Alex Carpenter (two assists) extended her school record with a point in her 21st straight game for BC (17-4-2).
Harvard 1, Union 0 — Jillian Dempsey’s power-play goal midway through the second period helped extend the Crimson’s unbeaten streak to 13 games. Laura Bellamy earned the shutout for third-ranked Harvard (16-1-1, 13-0-0 ECAC) by making just seven saves.