Sophomore Ben Smith registers hat trick for Boston College

Ben Smith picked up a hat trick for Boston College

BOSTON - The Boston University men's ice hockey team dropped the second game of a home-and-home series against cross-town rival No. 19 Boston College by a score of 4-3 on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers scored on half of their six power-play chances, but a natural hat trick from sophomore Ben Smith proved to be the difference maker for the Eagles.

BU (4-9-2, 3-5-1 HE) got goals from freshman Kevin Shattenkirk and juniors Brandon Yip and Matt Gilroy, but could not pull even despite outshooting BC, 44-25. Freshman John Muse recorded 41 saves for the Eagles, who improved to 5-4-5 overall with a 4-3-4 conference mark.

The teams combined for four goals in the first period, with each squad striking twice. Junior Nathan Gerbe opened the scoring at 2:06 with his third shorthanded goal of the weekend before later assisting on all three of Smith's goals.

Shattenkirk knotted the game less than eight minutes later with a dart from the left point just nine seconds into the Terriers' second power-play chance of the evening.

Yip gave the home team a 2-1 lead with 2:07 left before the first intermission when he collected a rebound off the back boards following a shot by freshman Colin Wilson and knocked it home outside the left post.

The lead would be short-lived, however, as Smith answered 44 seconds later with help from Gerbe on a 2-on-1 to start his streak of three consecutive goals.

Smith scored the lone goal of the second period when he knocked in a high rebound at 12:32 on assists from Gerbe and senior Mike Brennan.

BC took its first multi-goal lead of the contest at the 6:52 mark of the third when Smith sent in a rebound in the slot following a shot by Gerbe that was initially saved by BU netminder Brett Bennett, who made 21 saves in the game.

The Terriers attempted to get back in the game, using their power play once again to draw within one. Gilroy one-timed a shot past Muse from the top of the slot on assists from Wilson and freshman Colby Cohen.

BU, which held a 35-12 shot advantage in the final two periods, could not muster a late equalizer, as Muse and the BC defense held on to complete the weekend sweep.