Late winner propels Eagles past 13 BU in Comm Ave battle
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Drew Hellison blasted a point shot from the left wing of Marc McLaughlin with 5:20 left in regulation and Boston College edged No. 13 Boston University 3-1 in Sunday’s 287th Battle of Comm Ave at Kelley Rink.
Eric Dop made a season-high 42 saves in the win, while Marc McLaughlin and Brandon Kruse each collected a pair of assists.
BC extended its unbeaten streak at home against the Terriers to four games (3-0-1).
Senior Jack McBain scored his third goal of the weekend to level the score at 1-1 late in the second period, and classmate Patrick Gilles sealed the points with an empty net in the closing seconds.
With the score tied late in the third period, Kruse took a base hit along the right wing boards and McLaughlin collected the loose puck before finding Helleson on the weak side for a big one-timer blocker.
The Eagles (12-17-5, 7-12-3 HEA) were awarded a penalty with Drew Commesso shot and 15 seconds left in regulation, but Giles buried a shot from a low angle along the boards from the right wing for the 3-1 final.
BU (18-11-3, 12-7-3 HEA) opened the scoring on a 4-on-3 power play just six minutes into the first period when Wilmer Skoog fired a glove-side pass from Matt Brown top from the slot.
The Eagles responded at 15:14 from center frame as McLaughlin put McBain in the left wing circle and the elder fired a shot from the right post to beat Commesso’s glove side.
BC faces UNH in the opening round of Hockey East on Wednesday, March 9 as the No. 8 or No. 9 seed.
Boston College will face first-place UMass in a home-and-away series next weekend to close out the regular season, starting Friday at 7 p.m. on Senior Night at Kelley Rink.