|2nd||17:08||BC||1-0||PP GW||Connor Moore (4)||Graham McPhee/10, Aapeli Räsänen/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (19-13-3)||1/3||3/6||0|
|Craig Pantano (L, 11-13-2)||57:40||1||2||3||7||12|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Joseph Woll (W, 16-10-2)||60:00||0||11||11||15||37|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Behind a season-high 37 saves from sophomore goaltender Joseph Woll, the second-year backstopper anchored No. 1-seeded Boston College's third shutout in as many years to open the Hockey East quarterfinals as the Eagles shutout No. 10-seeded Merrimack, 1-0, on Friday night at Kelley Rink.
Sophomore defenseman Connor Moore scored his first-career game-winning goal, capitalizing on a late power play opportunity in the second period that stood as the difference down the stretch.
The Warriors limited BC to only 13 shots while firing 37 off themselves but Merrimack could not solve Woll for all 60 minutes.
Boston College is one win away from getting back to TD Garden for the Hockey East semifinals next weekend.
No. 10-seed Merrimack - 0 / No. 1-seed Boston College - 1
Kelley Rink / Chestnut Hill, Mass.
2018 Hockey East Quarterfinals (Best-of-Three) - BC Leads, 1-0
Merrimack (12-20-4 / 7-15-2 HEA) / No. 19 Boston College (19-13-3 / 18-6-0 HEA)
INSIDE THE HOCKEY EAST NUMBERS
- Boston College owns an overall record of 69-31-2 (.686) in the Hockey East tournament. The Eagles have posted an overall record of 41-18-1 (.692) in the quarterfinal round of play.
- Jerry York is 59-19-1 (.753) in 79 conference postseason contests.
- The 2018 Hockey East Tournament marks the Eagles' 14th occasion they are the No. 1 seed in the postseason conference tournament. As the conference's team to beat in the playoffs, Boston College has mounted a 30-10 record as the top-ranked club.
- In all, Boston College possesses an 11-1 advantage in postseason action against the Warriors, including a 9-1 mark in quarterfinals matchups. This marks the fifth quarterfinals matchup with Merrimack as BC swept the Warriors in 2003 (4-1 & 2-1), 2001 (1-0 & 5-1) and 1997 (7-6 & 4-3) and went three games against MC in 1990 (3-1, 3-6 & 8-5). Boston College has outscored Merrimack, 48-24, in quarterfinals matchups. Head coach Jerry York is 9-0 against Merrimack in Hockey East postseason meetings.
- Friday's game one shutout marked Boston College's eight blanking in quarterfinal play and tenth all-time in the Hockey East Tournament.
BC HIGHLIGHTS & GAME NOTES
- Boston College has started its last three quarterfinals series games by shutting out its opponent in the game one. Thatcher Demko denied Vermont, 3-0 in 2016 while Joseph Woll backstopped the Eagles' to a 7-0 win in against the Catamounts in 2017. That shutout in 2017 marked Woll's first-career blanking.
- Joseph Woll earned his second shutout of the season and third of his career after stopping all 37 shots in Friday night's game one quarterfinals victory. Woll's 37 stops marked a season best for the St. Louis native.
- Sophomore defenseman Connor Moore scored his second power play goal of the season, four overall of the year, on Boston College's first power play opportunity at 16:00 of the second period. The Cumming, Ga. native scored his first-career power play goal on Jan. 27 against UMass Lowell. It marks the second-year defenseman's first goal since that game, as well. Moore's goal also stood as his first-career game-winning tally.
- Graham McPhee and Aapeli Rasanen both assisted on Moore's power play goal. For Rasanen, it marks his first point in his last six outings while McPhee has doled out a helper in back-to-back outings.
FIRST GOAL (1-0 - Boston College) - SECOND PERIOD - Connor Moore - 17:08 - POWER PLAY
- Merrimack dictated most of the pace early on but Boston College finally picked up a power play with four minutes to play in the second period after Michael Babcock went off for tripping. Aapeli Rasanen generated the scoring play from behind the net and offered the puck up to Graham McPhee along the far wall. Connor Moore crept in from the top of the zone and McPhee provided the perfect one-timer pass. Moore stepped into it and hammered it past Merrimack netminder Craig Pantano at 17:06 to give BC the 1-0 lead on the power play.
BOSTON COLLEGE GAME LEADERS
Points: Connor Moore (1 - 0 - 1) / Graham McPhee (0 - 1 - 1) / Aapeli Rasanen (0 - 1 - 1)
Goals: Connor Moore (1 - 0 - 1) Assists: Graham McPhee (0 - 1 - 1) / Aapeli Rasanen (0 - 1 - 1)
Shots: Michael Kim ( 2 ) / Casey Fitzgerald ( 5 ) / Logan Hutsko ( 2 ) / Christopher Brown ( 2 )
Faceoffs: Julius Mattila (11 - of - 21)
Merrimack: 0 - for - 3
Boston College: 1 - for - 3
Merrimack: 3 - for - 6
Boston College: 3 - for - 6
BOSTON COLLEGE LINES
Cotton - Jul. Mattila - Hutsko
Grando -Dudek- Tortora
McPhee - Räsänen - Brown
Carreau - Greco - Walker
Jes. Mattila - Moore
Karow - Fitzgerald
Kim - Lohan
Boston College and Merrimack will skate tomorrow night in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals at Kelley Rink. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. A Boston College win would send the Eagles back to TD Garden next Friday for the Hockey East semifinals.