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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Jimmy Hayes scored two goals - both in the first period - to lead second-ranked Boston College to a 4-1 Hockey East win before 3,908 fans in Kelley Rink.
Hayes opened the scoring at 9:13 and doubled the BC margin at 12:33.
After Merrimack junior Pat Kimball made the score 2-1 with an unassisted tally at 18:13, BC regained a two-goal advantage on senior Brock Bradford's power-play goal 30 seconds before the first intermission.
The host Eagles outshot Merrimack, 15-7, in the first 20 minutes.
BC sophomore Brian Gibbons' power-play goal at 16:54 of the third period concluded the scoring.
BC sophomore goalie John Muse made 18 saves to earn his fourth win of the season and his 29th career victory. Junior Andrew Braithwaite (12 saves) and freshman Joe Cannata (15 saves) split goaltending duties for the Warriors.
Team Records: Boston College 4-1-0, 2-1-0 Hockey East; Merrimack 2-3-1, 0-2-0 Hockey East