CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Jimmy Hayes scored two goals, sophomore Brian Dumoulin recorded three assists and third-ranked Boston College capitalized on all three of its power-play opportunities to earn a 5-3 Hockey East victory over UMass-Lowell before 7,623 fans at Kelley Rink.
The teams were tied at 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two periods. BC scored three times in the final frame, including one empty-net score, to earn the victory and sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
Junior Paul Carey snapped the 2-2 tie with a power-play goal at 10:57 of the third period and captain Joe Whitney notched the decisive score at 15:59, finishing Dumoulin's feed from just outside the goal crease.
After UMass-Lowell trimmed the BC lead to one goal (at 4-3) just 19 seconds later on Patrick Cey's third goal of the season, Hayes concluded the scoring into an empty net at 19:30 for the 5-3 final.
Host Boston College outshot UMass-Lowell, 46-25, including a 16-7 edge in the middle period.
UMass-Lowell freshman goaltender Marc Boulanger recorded 41 saves in 58:56. He falls to 0-7-1.
The River Hawks opened the scoring at 7:49 of the opening period on Shayne Thompson's third goal of the season and the Eagles tied the score on a Hayes power-play goal at 11:32. After Chris Ickert lifted UMass-Lowell to its second one-goal lead of the night at 10:32 of the middle stanza, junior Tommy Cross tied the score at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 18:49.
BC sophomore goaltender Parker Milner made 22 saves to earn his third win of the season and the 13th of his career.
Team Records: UMass-Lowell - 3-19-2, 3-15-0 Hockey East; Boston College - 17-6-0, 13-5-0
Game Notes: Senior Joe Whitney tallied the decisive scores just seconds after an initial scoring bid rung off the crossbar ... Dumoulin matched his career high previously established in a 7-1 win over Miami in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit, Mich. He has 14 points - two goals and 13 assists - in his last eight games ... Chris Kreider extended his scoring streak to eight games (4-6--10) with an assist on Hayes' power-play goal while sophomore center Pat Mullane has one assist in six of the last seven games ... Hayes' two-goal effort marked his second of the season and the fifth multiple-goal performance of his 101-game collegiate career.