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College hockey roundup: BC clinches Hockey East title

Checking things off its to-do list is turning out to be a snap for No. 1 Boston College.

A week after winning their fifth straight Beanpot title, the Eagles beat No. 15 Vermont, 5-3, at Gutterson Fieldhouse Saturday night for a sweep of the weekend series that clinched the Hockey East regular-season title. It is the third Hockey East crown in the last four seasons for BC, which extended its unbeaten streak to 17 games (16-0-1).

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Johnny Gaudreau, Chris Calnan, and Scott Savage each had a goal and an assist and Brian Billett made 35 saves to help the Eagles (24-4-3, 15-1-1).

Nick Bruneteau had a goal and an assist and Chris McCarthy and Colin Markison also scored for Vermont (15-11-3, 7-9-0), which earned a sweep at New Hampshire last weekend.

The Catamounts’ Mike Santaguida was pulled after two periods, having surrendered four goals on 18 shots.

Northeastern 5, UMass 4 — Kevin Roy and Zach Aston-Reese each had a goal and an assist and the No. 12 Huskies held off the Minutemen in Amherst.

 Five players scored for NU (17-10-3, 9-6-1 Hockey East), which took a 5-1 lead on Aston-Reese’s goal at 4:10 of the third period. That’s when UMass (8-19-4, 4-11-3) took over, getting goals from Michael Pereira (4:20), Conor Sheary (5:41), and Zack LaRue (10:24) to make a game of it.

 The Huskies held on behind Clay Witt’s 32 saves.

Maine 3, Merrimack 2 — Devin Shore scored with 28 seconds left to lift the host Black Bears 15-10-3, 9-5-2 Hockey East) past the Warriors for a sweep of the weekend series. Vinny Scotti and Mike Collins scored for Merrimack (7-18-3, 2-12-2), which has lost five straight.

Brown 4, Quinnipiac 2 — The Bears (10-12-3, 7-10-1 ECAC) got two goals from Garnet Hathaway and broke out of their February rut by upsetting the fourth-ranked Bobcats in Providence.

 Brown, which had been winless in four games this month, scored its most goals since putting up five in their previous victory, Jan. 31 over Colgate. Hathaway’s second goal came just 1:25 after Sam Anas’s power-play strike early in the second period drew Quinnipiac (21-6-5, 11-4-3) within 2-1.

Massimo Lamacchia and Nick Lappin also scored for the Bears and Dennis Robertson had two assists. Brown’s Marco De Filippo made 23 saves, while Michael Garteig stopped 27 shots for Quinnipiac.

Notre Dame 3, Providence 0 — Steven Summerhays made 36 saves and the No. 20 Fighting Irish (17-12-2, 6-9-2 Hockey East) blanked the ninth-ranked Friars (15-9-6, 7-7-2) in Providence.

 Jon Gillies made 24 saves for Providence, which extended its winless streak to five games (0-4-1).

Harvard 2, St. Lawrence 2 — Victor Newell and Brian Hart scored and Steve Michalek made 41 saves for the Crimson (9-12-4, 5-9-4 ECAC), but Matt Carey scored 1:19 into the third period to help the host Saints (11-15-4, 5-9-4) salvage a tie.

Harvard senior defenseman Danny Fick was suspended for the game by ECAC Hockey for delivering a hit to the head against Clarkson Friday night in Potsdam, N.Y.

Fick received a major penalty and game misconduct near the end of regulation. The Crimson won, 1-0, in overtime.

Dartmouth 6, Clarkson 1 — Eric Neiley and Brad Schierhorn each scored twice, Charles Grant made 32 saves, and the visiting Big Green (6-16-3, 5-12-1 ECAC) stunned the No. 14 Golden Knights (17-13-2, 10-8-0).

Yale 7, Princeton 5 — Jesse Root had two goals and two assists and Kenny Agostino added two goals, lifting the No. 13 Bulldogs (13-8-4, 8-7-3 ECAC) past the visiting Tigers (5-20-0, 4-14-0).

Bentley 5, Army 4 — Tyler Deresky scored 2:18 into overtime, sending the Falcons (15-10-4, 13-5-4 Atlantic Hockey) past the visiting Black Knights (3-23-0, 3-19-0), who scored three goals in the final 7:45 to force the extra session.

UConn 5, Holy Cross 0 — Joey Ferriss scored twice and Robby Nichols made 38 saves, lifting the visiting Huskies (16-10-4, 13-7-3 Atlantic Hockey) past the Crusaders (9-18-3, 8-12-3) in Worcester.

AIC 7, Sacred Heart 6 — Jon Puskar had two goals and two assists, Hunter Leisner made 37 saves, and the visiting Yellow Jackets (10-19-1, 9-13-1 Atlantic Hockey) outlasted the Pioneers (9-21-0, 8-15-0).

Women

Harvard 5, St. Lawrence 2 — Samantha Reber, Mary Parker, and Gina McDonald scored for the sixth-ranked Crimson in a wild third period in Cambridge. Emerance Maschmeyer had 47 saves in the win.

With 32 points, Harvard (20-4-3, 15-3-2) remained tied for second in the ECAC with Clarkson, 1 point behind Cornell.

BC 4, Maine 1 — The seventh-ranked Eagles returned from Orono, Maine, with a victory after scoring three times in the second period. Kate Leary, Haley McLean, and Haley Skarupa staked BC (22-5-3, 15-2-1 Hockey East) to a 3-0 lead; Skarupa’s goal was her team-leading 19th.

Kayla Kaluzny’s goal for Maine (5-18-5, 3-12-3) came on the Black Bears’ only shot in the middle period.

Northeastern 3, UConn 0— Chloe Desjardins had 21 saves in her second shutout of the season and NU (15-13-2, 10-6-2) clinched home-ice advantage in the Hockey East quarterfinals by handling Connecticut (9-20-2, 6-11-1) at Matthews Arena.

BU 4, Providence 2 — Sarah Lefort had a goal and two assists and Kerrin Sperry turned back 39 shots as the Terriers (20-10-1, 13-5-0 Hockey East) beat the Friars (11-20-0, 6-12-0) at Agganis Arena.

Vermont 3, New Hampshire 2 — After spotting the host Wildcats a 2-0 lead, the Catamounts (14-3-4, 10-7-1 Hockey East) scored three unanswered goals in securing home ice in the conference tournament quarterfinals. UNH (9-19-2, 4-12-2) has dropped seven in a row.

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