|1st||8:05||MNE||1-0||EV||Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi (2)||Mitchell Fossier/18|
|2nd||0:39||BC||1-1||EV||Logan Hutsko (12)||David Cotton/17, Michael Kim/11|
|2nd||6:07||BC||2-1||EV||Kevin Lohan (1)||Christopher Brown/10, Michael Kim/12|
|2nd||14:25||BC||3-1||EV||Kevin Lohan (2)||Michael Kim/13|
|3rd||3:15||BC||4-1||EV GW||Casey Carreau (1)||Zach Walker/3, Kevin Lohan/5|
|3rd||5:35||MNE||2-4||EV||Emil Westerlund (7)||Patrick Holway/13, Brendan Robbins/9|
|3rd||8:28||BC||5-2||EV||JD Dudek (6)||David Cotton/18, Logan Hutsko/16|
|3rd||11:08||BC||6-2||PP||Casey Fitzgerald (6)||Logan Hutsko/17, Jesper Mattila/9|
|3rd||14:09||MNE||3-6||EV||Patrick Shea (5)||Tim Doherty/12, Nolan Vesey/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (17-13-3)||1/5||3/6||0|
|Jeremy Swayman (L, 13-9-3)||60:00||6||14||9||6||29|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Joseph Woll (W, 14-10-2)||59:40||3||7||18||7||32|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Behind its highest scoring effort of the season, No. 20 Boston College skated past Maine, 6-3, and clutched its 16th Hockey East regular season championship in program history on Friday night at Kelley Rink.
The Eagles' 16 regular-season conference crowns are the most of any program in the league. With the trophy-clinching victory, Boston College has locked up the No. 1 overall seed and a first-round bye in the 2018 Hockey East Tournament.
Along with familiarity in emerging as the best from the pile at the end of the season, it was also a night if firsts as graduate transfer Kevin Lohan scored his first two goals as an Eagle while freshman Casey Carreau followed suit and grabbed his first goal of the season.
The Eagles' six goals are the most they have scored this season.
Sophomore goaltender Joseph Woll won his third-straight outing after stopping 32-of-35 Black Bear blasts in triumph.
Upon conclusion of Friday night, the Eagles have 34 points (17-6-0) while their next-closest competitor, Northeastern has 31 points with one game remaining at New Hampshire.
Maine - 3 / No. 19 Boston College - 6
Kelely Rink / Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Maine (16-13-4 / 10-10-3 HEA) / No. 19 Boston College (17-13-3 / 17-6-0 HEA)
BC HIGHLIGHTS & GAME NOTES
- Boston College has now won six-consecutive games against Maine, marking the longest winning streak against its in-conference foe since the dawn of the Hockey East Association.
- The Eagles' six goals tonight were a season best.
- Graduate student Kevin Lohan scored his first goal as in Eagle in his 18th outing in the maroon and gold at 6:07 of the second period. The grad transfer followed it with another tally at 14:25 of the second for a two-goal showing 8:18 minutes apart. The Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. native's scored his last goal against Renesselaer on Jan. 16, 2015 when he played for the University of Michigan. It marks the 6-foot-5 defenseman's first goal in 1,134 days. The veteran defenseman followed that up with an assist on Casey Carreau's first-career goal, marking Lohan's first-ever three-point performance at the collegiate level. Lohan's second goal also counted as BC's game-winning goal as the icing on the cake.
- Logan Hutsko extended his pointstreak to five games, the second time the rookie has notched at least one point in five-consecutive games this season, by scoring his 12th goal of the season and adding a pair of assists. The Tampa, Fla. native is now tied with Graham McPhee for the team lead in goals as Hutsko has accounted for seven goals and five assists over the course of his five-game tear. Heading into Saturday's regular-season finale, Hutsko leads Hockey East in points scored with 29 (12-17-29), averaging 0.88 points per game. Amongst all freshmen nationally, the first-year phenom ranks fourth in the nation behind Quinnipiac's Odeem Tufto (1.15 ppg), Minnesota State's Jake Jaremko (1.06 ppg) and Michigan State's Mitchell Lewandowski (0.94 ppg).
- Junior captain Michael Kim posted a career night as well, notching his first-career three-point performance and best plus/minus (+4) in his 97th game as an Eagle. The Toronto, Ontario native recorded his first playmaker, doling out three assists in the victory.
- Freshman Casey Carreau joined in on the night of firsts, scoring his first goal as an Eagle in his 29th-career game. The Acushnet, Mass. native has accumulated five points (1-4-5) this far.
- Sophomore David Cotton notched his sixth multi-point performance of the season with a pair of helpers. The Parker, Texas native is now second on the club in scoring (8-18-26).
- Junior captain Casey Fitzgerald scored Boston College's second 5-on-3 goal this season, counting for the third-year defenseman's second power play goal of the season and seventh of his career. The veteran rearguard has 19 points (6-13-19) in 31 outings this season and is tied for eighth in Hockey East amongst all defensemen in scoring.
- Sophomore Zach Walker scored his first goal of the season at Maine last Saturday and followed with an assist o Carreau's first-career goal this season. The Boise, Idaho native last recorded points in back-to-back appearances since Oct. 28-29, 2016.
FIRST GOAL (1-0 - Maine) - FIRST PERIOD - Veli Tiuraniemi -8:05 - EVEN STRENGTH
Maine drew first blood midway through the first period after Michell Fossier capitalized off a turnover and skated it into Boston College's end. Fossier wheeled the puck back around the top of the zone and floated the puck along the blue line to Veli Tiuraniemi skating in with force. Tiuraniemi snared the puck with space above the left circle and snipped it over BC netminder Joseph Woll's shoulder at 8:05 to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead.
SECOND GOAL (1-1 - Boston College) - SECOND PERIOD - Logan Hutsko - 00:39 - EVEN STRENGTH
The Eagles stormed out of the gates in the second to things up 39 seconds into the middle frame. Michael Kim dug the puck out of BC's crease and banked it off the near boards where David Cotton gave chase. Cotton won the battle in the neutral zone and handed off the puck to Logan Hutsko with speed careerning down the middle of the sheet. Hutsko took the puck wide down the right side and crossed it up in front on a run to daylight on Maine netnminder Jeremy Swayman. Hutsko beat Swayman to the post and tucked it past his right pad at 00:39 to tie things up, 1-1.
THIRD GOAL (2-1 - Boston College) - THIRD PERIOD - Kevin Lohan - 6:07 - EVEN STRENGTH
Boston College grabbed its first lead of the night at the six-minute mark of the second period on a fortuitous bounce from the stick of Kevin Lohan. Graham McPhee settled the puck along the boards and left it off for Kim at the top of the left circle. Kim hurled the puck over the top of the play, kissing it off of Christopher Brown's leg to the far right corner where Lohan skated in to track it down. Lohan skated the puck to the back of the net and decided to trigger behind Swayman. The puck kicked up off his pad and flew up in the air, eventually coming down behind him and over the goalmouth at 6:07 to give the Eagles the 2-1 advantage.
FOURTH GOAL (3-1 - Boston College) - THIRD PERIOD - Kevin Lohan - 14:25 - EVEN STRENGTH
Lohan struck again for his first two goals of the season in the maroon and gold and did so with a rocket from the right dot at 14:25 of the second period. Kim continued his heavy forechecking and stripped a Maine possession in the Black Bears' end along the near boards outside the left circle. Lohan scooted behind the play above the right circle and freed himself for a one-timer. Kim dispensed the pass along the top of the zone and Lohan hammered it past Swayman with the slapshot to extend the lead to 3-1.
FIFTH GOAL (4-1 - Boston College) - THIRD PERIOD - Casey Carreau - 3:15 - EVEN STRENGTH
The Eagles took a three-goal lead another career first at 3:15 of the first period. Lohan gained his third point of the night by stepping up and busting up a Maine breakout along the near boards. With the puck sitting on the blue line, Zach Walker zipped in from the neural zone and skated it towards Maine's net. Casey Carreau gained the zone on the left side with no one on him and Walker kicked it to the left side of the sheet. Carreau quickly smacked it past Swayman for a 4-1 edge at 3:15 of the third period.
SIXTH GOAL (4-2 - Maine) - THIRD PERIOD - Emil Westerlund - 5:35 - EVEN STRENGTH
The Black Bears responded just over two minutes later off a funky bounce in front of Woll. Brendan Robbins flung the puck towards the BC goalmouth and Woll made the initial save but Patrick Holway was able to get a stick on it in front. Emil Westerlund crashed the net and his momentum carried the puck towards the back of the net at 5:35 to make it a 4-2 affair.
SEVENTH GOAL (5-2 - Maine) - THIRD PERIOD - JD Dudek - 8:28 - EVEN STRENGTH
Boston College snagged its three-goal advantage right back just under three minutes later on a beautiful tic-tac-toe tally in front of Swayman at 8:28. Hutsko generated the scoring play by scooping the puck up from behind the net and connecting with Cotton on the near post. Cotton ran out of room for the tap-in and quickly pulled it back out for Dudek on the other side. Dudek easy tossed Cotton's pass into the net to make it a 5-2 score.
EIGHTH GOAL (6-2 - Boston College) - THIRD PERIOD - Casey Fitzgerald - 11:08 - POWER PLAY (5-on-3)
Following a brouhaha in front of the Eagles' bench, BC was awarded a length 5-on-3 situation midway through the third period. Boston College's two-man advantage cycled worked the puck around as Jesper Mattila skated it out from the far corner and handed it off to Hutsko atop the right circle. Casey Fitzgerald pedaled back for the one-timer from the left dot and Hutsko provided the good. Fitzgerald wasted no time hammering the one-timer past Swayman to claim a four-goal edge with the power play snipe, 6-2.
NINTH GOAL (6-3 - Maine) - THIRD PERIOD - Patrick Shea - 14:09 - EVEN STRENGTH
Maine got one back late on a play that developed behind Woll. Nolan Vesey got the puck in deep behind the net and Tim Doherty made an astute play on the puck. Doherty switched sides to dupe the Eagle defense and converted a one-timer feed to Patrick Shea right out right at 14:09 to settle the 6-3 score.
BOSTON COLLEGE GAME LEADERS
Points: Kevin Lohan (2 - 1 - 3) / Michael Kim (0 - 3 - 3) / Logan Hutsko (1 - 2 - 3)
Goals: Kevin Lohan (2 - 1 - 3)
Assists: Michael Kim (0 - 3 - 3)
Shots: Logan Hutsko ( 35 )
Faceoffs: JD Dudek (13 - of - 25)
Maine: 0 - for - 1
Boston College: 1 - for - 5
Maine: 7 - for - 14
Boston College: 3 - for - 6
BOSTON COLLEGE LINES
Cotton - Dudek - Hutsko
Grando - Greco - Tortora
McPhee - Rδsδnen - Brown
Carreau - Booth - Walker
Jes. Mattila - Moore
Karow - Fitzgerald
Kim - Lohan
The Eagles will close out the regular season tomorrow night at Kelley Rink at 7 p.m. on Senior Night. Boston College has already clinched the first-round bye and No. 1 seed in the Hockey East Tournament and will learn of its quarterfinal round opponent following the first round.