College roundup: BC hockey tops Merrimack

Villanova guard James Bell (20 points) did his best to alter Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs’s shot.
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Villanova guard James Bell (20 points) did his best to alter Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs’s shot.

The Boston College men’s hockey team has been dominant over the past two months.

The Eagles have also been dominant at Conte Forum against Hockey East foe Merrimack.

Neither trend changed Friday night.


The second-ranked Eagles overwhelmed the visiting Warriors, 6-1, and ran their unbeaten streak to 14 games (13-0-1). BC also improved to 25-0-3 against Merrimack at Conte Forum, an unbeaten streak that dates to Oct. 31, 1997.

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The Eagles (21-4-3, 13-1-1) were powered by a hat trick from senior Bill Arnold and three assists from junior Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau now has a point in 23 straight games (21 goals, 27 assists).

BC’s 14-game run coincides with coach Jerry York partnering Arnold, Gaudreau, and Kevin Hayes on the top line.

The Eagles scored three times on the power play, had a shorthanded goal, and were 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.

Chris LeBlanc scored with 4:14 left to help the Warriors (7-16-3, 2-10-2) avoid the shutout.


UMass 3, Northeastern 0 — Catholic Memorial product Marc Hetnik made his first career goal a memorable one. His strike early in the second was all the Minutemen (8-16-4, 4-8-3 Hockey East) needed to beat the Huskies at Matthews Arena.

The nation’s leader in save percentage, Clay Witt, had another outstanding performance for Northeastern (16-9-3, 8-6-1), registering 45 saves.

BU 2, UMass-Lowell 2 — Matt Ronan’s first career goal helped the Terriers salvage a tie with the seventh-ranked River Hawks at Agganis Arena.

 Cason Hohmann also scored and Matt O’Connor made 33 saves for BU (8-15-4, 3-8-3).

 Derek Arnold and Josh Holmstrom scored for UMass-Lowell (18-7-3, 8-4-2), which got 33 saves from Connor Hellebuyck.


Maine 2, Notre Dame 1 — Brice O’Connor potted the winner, Martin Ouellette stopped 36 shots, and the visiting Black Bears (13-9-3, 7-4-2 Hockey East) slipped past the No. 18 Fighting Irish (15-12-1, 4-9-1).

Vermont 5, UNH 2 — Brendan Brickley and Chris McCarthy each had a goal and two assists, powering the No. 19 Catamounts (14-9-3, 6-7-0 Hockey East) past the No. 20 Wildcats in Durham, N.H.

 Matt Willows and Nick Sorkin each had two assists for New Hampshire (16-14-1, 8-7-0).

Harvard 3, Dartmouth 0 — Sean Malone, Tyler Moy, and Devin Tringale scored to lift the Crimson (7-12-3, 4-9-3 ECAC) over the Big Green (4-16-3, 3-12-1) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center

Quinnipiac 6, Clarkson 3 — Matthew Peca had two goals and an assist, Travis St. Denis recorded four assists, and the third-ranked Bobcats (20-4-5, 10-2-3 ECAC) raced past the No. 14 Golden Knights (16-11-2, 9-6-0) in Hamden, Conn.

Union 4, Brown 3 — Nick Lappin had a goal and an assist, but the visiting Bears (9-10-3, 6-8-1 ECAC) couldn’t hold off the fourth-ranked Dutchmen (18-6-3, 12-3-0), who were bouyed by Colin Stevens’s 34 saves.

Yale 3, Rensselaer 2 — Mike Doherty lit the lamp 59 seconds into overtime to power the visiting Bulldogs. Tommy Fallen scored the other two goals for No. 13 Yale (12-6-4, 7-5-3 ECAC).

 Mike Zalewski had a goal and an assist for the Engineers (11-12-4, 5-7-3).

UConn 3, Bentley 0 — Robby Nichols was a brick wall for the Huskies, stoning 28 shots in a victory over the visiting Falcons (13-10-4, 11-5-4 Atlantic Hockey).

Jordan Sims’s goal 1:28 into the game was all Connecticut (14-8-4, 12-5-3) needed.

Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 2 — Jordan Minello and Nick Lotito each scored twice, Andrew Bodnarchuk made 41 saves, and the host Pioneers (8-19-0, 7-13-0 Atlantic Hockey) turned back the Crusaders (7-17-3, 6-11-3).

American International 2, Army 1 — Alexander MacMillan netted the winner 4:08 into the third, Hunter Leisner had 35 saves, and the host Yellow Jackets (8-18-1, 7-12-1 Atlantic Hockey) edged the Black Knights (3-21-0, 3-17-0), giving coach Gary Wright his 300th career victory.

Women’s hockey

Harvard 4, Dartmouth 1 — Hillary Crowe and Miye D’Oench each potted two goals as the fifth-ranked Crimson cruised in Hanover, N.H.

Emerance Maschmeyer turned aside 27 shots for Harvard (18-3-3, 14-2-2 ECAC).

Kennedy Ottenbreit scored for the Big Green (7-16-1, 6-11-1).

Quinnipiac 3, Clarkson 3 — Amanda Colin and Shiann Darkangelo scored in the third to help the No. 8 Bobcats (17-4-8, 8-3-6 ECAC) earn a tie with the third-ranked Golden Knights (21-4-4, 12-2-3) in Potsdam, N.Y.

Men’s basketball

Villanova 70, Seton Hall 53 — James Bell scored 20 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 19 to lead the sixth-ranked Wildcats (21-2, 9-1 Big East) past the visiting Pirates (13-10, 4-6) and help coach Jay Wright earn his 400th career win.

Creighton 78, DePaul 66 — Doug McDermott scored 32 points — 11 during a 14-2 run after the visiting Blue Demons (10-14, 2-9 Big East) pulled within a point in the second half — and the No. 12 Bluejays (19-3, 9-1) won for the 14th time in their last 15 games.

McDermott also grabbed nine rebounds to go over 1,000 for his career.

Yale 67, Dartmouth 54 — Brandon Sherrod had 15 points and coach James Jones reached 200 career wins as the Bulldogs (10-9, 4-1 Ivy) prevailed in Hanover, N.H.

Jones is the second coach in school history to achieve 200 wins and just the fourth to do so at an Ivy League school.

Eli Harrison had 12 points to lead the Big Green (9-10, 2-3), who missed their first 11 field goal attempts and hit only 4 of 25 in the first half.

Fairfield 60, Monmouth 56 — Maurice Barrow gave the host Stags the lead by hitting a jumper with 1:40 left, then padded it with a pair of free throws as Fairfield (5-19, 2-11 Metro Atlantic) held off the Hawks (10-14, 4-9).

The Stags snapped a five-game losing streak overall and a four-game conference losing streak.

Women’s basketball

Harvard 91, Brown 71 — Christine Clark netted 19 points as the Crimson shot 63.8 percent (30 of 47) from the field in Providence to become the first Ivy League program to reach 600 wins.

Kit Metoyer added 17 points in 22 minutes off the bench for Harvard (14-5, 4-1).

Lauren Clarke led the Bears (7-12, 1-4) with 17 points while Sophie Bikofsky added 14.

Yale 86, Dartmouth 52 — Sarah Halejian (16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) led a balanced attack as the Bulldogs routed the Big Green in New Haven.

Twelve players scored for Yale (10-9, 4-1 Ivy), which shot 53.6 percent (30 of 56) from the field and missed only 4 of 22 free throw attempts.

Freshman Fanni Szabo led Dartmouth (3-16, 0-5) with 21 points.

James Madison 85, Northeastern 57 — Despite a career-high 26 points from senior center Jewel Tunstull, the visiting Huskies fell to the Dukes (18-4, 8-0 Colonial Athletic).

Northeastern (8-14, 2-7) committed 24 turnovers that led to 32 points for James Madison, and was outscored, 21-2, on second-chance points.

Quinnipiac 83, Monmouth 67 — The visiting Bobcats used a 25-5 run over the final eight minutes to surge past the Hawks (6-19, 5-9 Metro Atlantic).

 Samantha Guastella poured in a game-high 24 points for Quinnipiac (14-9, 9-4).

Albany 90, Hartford 68 — The visiting Hawks had no answer for the Great Danes (21-3, 11-0 America East), who held a 56-18 advantage in points in the paint and scored 33 points off 24 Hartford turnovers.

Morgan Lumb led the Hawks (9-14, 6-4) with 16 points, but she also committed six turnovers.

Stanford 77, Washington State 69 — Chiney Ogwumike had 36 points and 17 rebounds as the third-ranked Cardinal improved to 56-0 against the host Cougars (12-11, 6-5 Pac-12).

Stanford (22-1, 11-0) has won 21 straight games since losing to No. 1 Connecticut.