CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Filip Lindberg made 41 saves and Jake Gaudet broke a 1-1 tie in the final four minutes of regulation as No. 10 UMass ended No. 4 Boston College's nation-best 10-game winning streak with a 3-1 Hockey East victory at Kelley Rink on Friday.
The Eagles suffered their first defeat in more than two months, falling to 12-5-0 (6-3-0 HEA), while the Minutemen improved to 14-6-1 (7-3-1 HEA).
Alex Newhook scored the lone BC goal late in the first period for his seventh of the year. Classmate Spencer Knight stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced in his first start since returning from the IIHF World Junior Championships.
Boston College out-shot Massachusetts 42-24 on the night, but Lindberg made several key saves to keep the game tied until the closing minutes.
The Finnish netminder robbed Newhook of his second goal of the night in the middle frame, snaring the rookie's rebound effort from the slot with his glove. In the third, Lindberg denied Jack McBain with his right pad following a 2-on-1 setup from Marshall Warren.
Gaudet's game-winner came with just 3:45 left in regulation for his first tally of the year. The senior deked backhand in tight on Knight and snuck a shot inside the right post that trickled over the goal line. BC pulled Knight for an extra skater with 1:51 remaining and had sustained offensive zone time, but John Leonard's second of the night sealed the points for UMass.
Both teams finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play. Newhook closed the contest with a game-high seven shots on goal.
1st 10:51, UMass Goal (0-1) Boston College turned the puck over to Leonard at the offensive blue line and the junior raced up the ice on a breakaway and slid a backhand through the five-hole of Knight.
1st 18:13, BC Goal (1-1) The Eagles worked the puck down the right wing boards for Newhook as he skated into the UMass zone against three defenders. Newhook deked inside to split two Minutemen and fired a shot under the pads of Lindberg to knot the score.
3rd 16:15, UMass Goal (1-2) Marc Del Gaizo sent the puck into the slot and it deflected to Gaudet, who slipped a backhand under Knight's armpit short side to hand the Minutemen a late lead.
3rd 19:28, UMass Goal (1-3) Reed Lebster cleared the puck from the UMass goalmouth to neutral ice, where Leonard won a foot race and tipped a pass to himself for a tap-in empty-netter.
The teams complete their home-and-home series on Saturday (Jan. 11) at 7 p.m. from the Mullins Center in Amherst on NESN+.