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AMHERST, Mass. - Behind Nathan Gerbe's four point night, No. 9 Boston College took a 4-1 win over the No. 18 UMass hockey team on Friday night at the Mullins Center in front of 7,485 fans. Gerbe factored into each of Boston College's four goals with three assists and an empty net tally with 43 seconds to play. UMass freshman center Michael Lecomte scored UMass lone goal of the game. After UMass tied the game in the second period, the Eagles scored three goals in the third period to take the game.
The Minutemen fall to 10-10-6 overall and 5-9-5 in Hockey East, while the Eagles improve to 14-6-7 overall and 9-4-6 in the league. With the win, Boston College evens the series at 1-1-1 this season between the two schools. UMass remains in eighth place, six points out of fourth place, in the Hockey East standings, while Boston College remains in second.
Brian Gibbons put the Eagles on the scoreboard first with his tally just 7:27 into the game. The even powered goal was his seventh of the season.
Lecomte answered 2:47 into the second period with his seventh goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
Both teams battled the remainder of the second period, but neither could find a go-ahead goal.
Dan Bertram scored the game-winning goal 5:21 into the third period on the Eagles' third power play chance of the game. Ben Smith added an insurance goal 10 minutes later before Gerbe hit the empty-netter to close out the scoring.
The game was a showcase of two of Hockey East's top freshmen netminders in UMass' Paul Dainton and Boston College's John Muse. Dainton finished the night making 30 saves, while Muse stopped 26 shots. Both goalies stopped 11 shots in the third period.
For the night, UMass had 27 shots on goal, while the Eagles had 34. The Minutemen were 0-for-4 on the power play, while Boston College converted 1-of-3 chances.
UMass returns to action next Friday and Saturday with a home-and-home weekend to close out the season series with Northeastern. The Minutemen head to Boston on Friday night before hosting the Huskies on Saturday night.