NORTH ANDOVER, MA — Anthony Aiello and Benn Ferriero scored third-period goals to lead No. 3 Boston College to a 3-1 win over Merrimack College in Hockey East action Friday night at Lawler Arena.
Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the Eagles, who improved to 6-3-0 (3-1-0 Hockey East) with the win. Sophomore John Goebel (Parma, OH) scored for the Warriors, who fell to 1-7-1 (1-4-1 Hockey East).
Aiello scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 8:33 of the third period on the power play. Nathan Gerbe started the play with a pass to Brian Boyle in the right circle, who fed the puck to a cutting Aiello. The sophomore defenseman wristed a shot from the slot through a screen and past Merrimack senior goalie Jim Healey (Holyrood, NF) to give BC a 2-1 lead. Ferriero pushed the lead to 3-1 with his fifth goal of the season at 10:30 with the Warriors on the power play. Ferriero skated down the right side and fired a shot past Healey with assists going to Boyle and Joe Rooney. The short-handed goal was the second Merrimack has allowed this season.
The two teams skated to a scoreless tie through 20 minutes of play with Merrimack holding an 8-3 edge in shots. The Eagles took five penalties while the Warriors were sent off three times, but each team finished the frame unable to capitalize on any of the man advantage opportunities.
Goebel opened the scoring at 5:41 of the second period with his first marker of the season. He gathered a loose puck at center ice and backhanded a shot over the shoulder of goalkeeper Cory Schneider, the Warriors first goal on the junior goalkeeper in 123:30, dating back to last season. The Eagles tied the game at 16:37 when Tim Kunes skated down the left boards and snapped a shot over Healey’s right shoulder for his first goal of the season.
The Warriors killed off nine of the Eagles 10 power play opportunities while failing to convert on any of their eight chances with the extra skater. Overall, the Eagles outshot the Warriors 29-25 on the evening.
Healey made 26 saves in defeat as his record fell to 1-4-1 on the season while Schneider improved to 6-3-0.
The Warriors return to action this Sunday when they travel to Troy, NY to face Rensselaer at 5 p.m.