Eagles Roll Past Vermont For 10th Straight
By AJ Pottle
The Boston College Eagles (24-10-1) collected their 10th straight victory Friday night at Conte Forum against the Vermont Catamounts (6-25-1) by the score of 5-1. The No. 1 Eagles were anchored by junior goalie Parker Milner, who stopped 29 of 30 shots in the victory. The win puts BC one game away from clinching the Hockey East regular season championship.
Milner’s success between the pipes has come to be expected over the Eagles’ recent winning streak. Entering Friday’s game, Milner had a 1.30 goals against average and .948 save percentage over his last 9 starts. Milner attributes his current run to the team’s defensive prowess and overall strong play.
“It’s not just me, it’s the whole team and I think whenever the team plays really well the goalie looks really good,” Milner said. “I think everyone playing well as a whole has been really key for us coming down the stretch.”
The team overall seems to firing on all cylinders, as 10 Eagles picked up points in the victory. Leading the charge was senior forward Barry Almeida, as well as sophomores Bill Arnold and Isaac MacLeod, who all had multiple point performances.
The Eagles were able to get on the board first, just over four minutes into the game. Senior forward Paul Carey was attempting to break a defensive trap set up by the Vermont defense by dumping the puck in. The puck took a bizarre route in the air towards the net on UVM goalie Rob Madore and slid right between his pads for the goal. Pat Mullane added his 25th assist of the year on the goal.
In the second period, the Eagles began to run away with the game after a spectacular power play goal by Almeida. With top UVM defensemen Drew Mackenzie in the box for a high sticking call, the Eagle power play went to work. Sophomore forward Kevin Hayes was able to win a battle along the board and send a pass to the high slot to Arnold. Arnold sent the puck down low to Almeida, who was able to spin around and shoot high on Madore, who had no chance, as the shot was labeled for the top left corner. Head coach Jerry York spoke very highly of Almeida and Milner after the game.
“I thought once again Parker gave us a really strong effort in goal. He’s been one of the real keys to our improved play down the stretch and he certainly made some outstanding saves tonight,” York said. “I thought Barry Almeida’s goal was a real turning point in the game, that power play goal. It was an unbelievable effort by Barry. He’s been a key factor along with Parker. They both worked to get the win tonight.”
Other BC goals were scored by Danny Linell (his third), another by Almeida (giving him 21) and an empty-netter by Steven Whitney (12 goals).
The Eagles will take on UVM at Conte Forum on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for the chance to take home the Hockey East regular season championship. They will need either a win or a tie, or a Boston University loss.
“We have to figure BU is going to win their game; that’s our mindset,” York said. “We have to play very well and try to secure a win tomorrow night. I know [Vermont] is not going to roll over. They’re going to play hard.”
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