SAMUELSSON, ATKINSON LEAD BOSTON COLLEGE PAST MASSACHUSETTS, 5-0
Sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson nets two goals for Eagles
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson scored twice and tallied one assist while Cam Atkinson also registered three points - one goal and two assists - to lead top-ranked Boston College to a 5-0 conference victory over Massachusetts before 6,821 fans in Kelley Rink.
Captain Joe Whitney, who netted a first-period score, finished with multiple points (1 goal, 1 assist) while goaltenders John Muse and Chris Venti combined for the shutout. Muse recorded 14 saves in 56:54 to capture the victory, his 16th of the season and 78th of his career, and Venti registered two saves in 3:06.
Boston College outshot the visiting Minutemen 43-16, including a 20-6 first-period advantage.
After Whitney lifted the Eagles to a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission, Samuelsson doubled the margin at 17:57 of the middle stanza.
Samuelsson then scored Boston College's first of three third-period tallies at 3:16 while on the power play.
Junior Paul Carey redirected a Steven Whitney shot at 14:18 of the third period for a 4-0 lead and Atkinson concluded the scoring at 15:43 with assists to Joe Whitney and Samuelsson. Atkinson's goal marked his 20th this season.
Massachusetts senior goaltender Paul Dainton tallied 35 saves in 54:18 in the losing effort and freshman Jeff Teglia stopped three-of-four shots in 5:42. Dainton falls to 6-9-3.
Next, Boston College will face Boston University in the 59th Beanpot on Monday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in TD Garden.
Team Records: Boston College - 19-6-0, 14-5-0 Hockey East; Massachusetts - 6-14-4, 5-9-4
Game Notes: Ten Eagles registered points in the victory, BC's 11th its last 12 games ... The Eagles have won seven straight over Massachusetts dating back to Nov. 22, 2008 ... Muse improved to 6-2-1 with a 1.21 goals against average and a .952 save percentage in nine career games against the Minutemen while Atkinson now has 15 points - eight goals and seven assists - in nine games vs. UMass ... Samuelsson recorded the second multiple-point performance of his career and his first three-point outing. He previously tallied two assists in a 7-0 home win over Merrimack on Feb. 23, 2010 ... Junior defenseman Edwin Shea played against his younger brother Colin, a UMass freshman, for the first time in his 84-game collegiate career.