CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College scored three goals in the first period and never looked back on Thursday night, beating Vermont 4-1 in Hockey East action at Kelley Rink to open a two-game series.
The Eagles (2-5-0) won their second straight to move above .500 in the league at 2-1-0, while UVM fell to 3-4-0 (1-3-0 HEA).
BC had four different goal scorers and 10 different point producers in the victory, while linemates David Cotton and Logan Hutsko each secured two-point nights. Along with Julius Mattila, the Eagles' top offensive line has combined for 13 points and 27 shots in the last two contests, both 4-1 league wins.
Junior Joseph Woll stopped 29 shots and missed his fourth career shutout by less than four minutes. Rookies Jack McBain and Patrick Giles each collected their first collegiate points with assists.
The Eagles finished the night 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and have now killed off 15 straight a man down. BC now ranks 13th nationally on the penalty kill at 87.1% overall.
Boston College pushed its winning streak against UVM to five straight and its unbeaten streak in the series to eight in a row (6-0-2). BC won the shot battle 42-30 for a new season-high in shots.
6:04 1st, BC Goal (1-0) | Cotton took a whack at a loose puck in front of the net, and Mattila was waiting at the right doorstep to tap in his second of the season
6:58 1st, BC Goal (2-0) | McBain picked up a UVM turnover at the left side of the Catamounts' blue line and fed a cutting Christopher Brown at the edge of the crease for a one-time finish on his forehand
14:08 1st, BC Goal (3-0) | Stefanos Lekkas (38 saves) came out to the right of his net to attempt a poke check, but Oliver Wahlstrom got to the puck first and muscled it through Lekkas' pads for his second tally of the year
5:18 3rd, BC Goal (4-0) | Jesper Mattila picked up a deflected pass from Hutsko at the left point, and his low wrist shot was redirected by David Cotton for his sixth point in the last two games
16:28 3rd, UVM Goal (4-1) | Matt Alvaro fed a pass to the top of the crease for Joey Cipollone, who was able to wiggle the puck through Woll's pads to end the junior's shutout bid
The schools are back at Conte Forum on Friday night to close the series at 7 p.m.