Sophomore Brock Bradford registers goal and three assists for Eagles

Chestnut Hill, Mass. Sophomore left wing Nathan Gerbe recorded two goals and one assist and classmate Brock Bradford registered one goal and three assists to lead 13th-ranked Boston College to a 5-2 Hockey East victory over fifth-ranked Maine before 4,334 fans in Conte Forum.

Senior captain Brian Boyle finished with one goal and two assists his 34th career multiple-point effort and freshman center Ben Smith netted his sixth goal of the season for the victors.

BC (17-11-1, 13-8-1 Hockey East) scored twice in each of the first two periods and Gerbe scored into an empty-net in the third stanza for the 5-2 final.

After Maine forward Josh Soares recorded his 100th career point on short-handed goal at 13:22 of the first period, BC scored two times in less than 90 seconds to take a 2-1 advantage.

Boyle evened the score with a power-play tally at 14:17, tipping a Brett Motherwell shot from the point past Maine goalie Dave Wilson. Bradford notched his 10th goal of the season at 15:46.

Smith increased the Eagles lead to two goals at 3-1 with a man-advantage goal five minutes into the middle period.

Junior Keenan Hopson cut the visiting Black Bears deficit to one goal at 7:30, but Gerbe beat Wilson at 10:40 to regain the two-goal edge.

Wilson, who was replaced by sophomore Ben Bishop, finished with 15 saves. He allowed four goals in 30:56. Bishop stopped all nine shots he faced in the final period and one-half.

Gerbe added his second goal of the game and team-high 16th of the season into an empty-net at 18:24.

The Eagles outshot the Black Bears, 29-21.

BC junior goaltender Cory Schneider recorded 19 saves to earn the victory, his 54th career win.

BC and Maine (19-9-2, 12-9-1 HE) will conclude the regular-season series on Friday at Conte Forum. Game time is 8 p.m.