AMHERST, Mass. - A last second goal by junior defenseman Jake McLaughlin lifted No. 3/2 University of Massachusetts hockey to a 4-3 victory over Boston College on Friday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen erased a 2-0 first period deficit en route to their program-record 22nd victory of the season (22-6-0, 14-4-0 HEA). The Eagles fall to 10-15-3, 9-6-3 in league action, following the loss.
"We've had a lot of good wins this year, this might be the biggest character win that we've had," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "To be down 2-0 and to come back to win. And then to give up a goal late to tie it up, and after that we had three or four really good scoring chances to win the game and exciting way to finally win it. I think didn't we had a lot of jump tonight but at the same time we played fairly well, if you take away the two power play goals I liked our game. We did a pretty good job of slowing them down and not letting them get too many high-end chances. I thought (Joseph) Woll made a lot of big saves the second half of the game, it's a character win, a big-time win. Tomorrow night we are going to have to better defensively and better on the PK. It'll be fun to play them again and I'm sure they will be ready to go."
Boston College opened the scoring 3:54 into the contest when Casey Fitzgerald took the puck from Christopher Brown and Ben Finkelstein and rung a shot under the crossbar through traffic from the point.
The Eagles then extended their lead to 2-0 with a tic-tac-toe power-play goal by Connor Moore, set up by Brown and JD Dudek at 16:57 of the opening period.
Just 29 seconds later, sophomore Cale Makar halved the UMass deficit, burring a feed from classmate Mitchell Chaffee on a 2-on-1 rush that started with an outlet pass from freshman Bobby Trivigno.
Makar and Chaffee connected once more at 8:13 of the second period, assisting sophomore John Leonard's game-tying power-play goal from the right faceoff circle.
Sophomore Philip Lagunov then put UMass on top, 3-2, finishing off senior Jacob Pritchard's pass from below the goal line at the 9:38 mark.
The Minutemen maintained their one-goal advantage until the 13:11 into the third when David Cotton lifted the puck past goaltender Matt Murray on the power play to knot things at 3-3.
Then, with overtime looming, UMass made one final rush up the ice with the final seconds of the third period ticking down. After Makar sent the puck to the net front, Chaffee curled around the back of the cage and found McLaughlin in place to send a shot into the open net.
The Minutemen out-shot Boston College, 30-24 in the contest and went 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Eagles were 2-for-3. Murray logged 21 saves in his 17th win of the year (17-4-0) and Woll turned aside 26 in the loss. UMass won 36 of 63 faceoffs (57.1%) on the night, led by George Mika's 8-for-10 (80%) effort and Laugnov's 7-for-11 (63.6%) evening over the dots.
Makar finished the night with three points, factoring in three of the Minutemen's four tallies with a goal and two assists, his ninth multi-point game of the season. Chaffee's three helpers marked a career single game best and his 15th career multi-point game.
The teams will close out their season series tomorrow night in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts at 8 p.m.