Terriers Fall Short Against No. 3/4 Boston College, 6-4

GO TERRIERS Freshman Robbie Baillargeon opened the scoring and assisted on BU's goal that made it a 5-4 contest with 3:28 left in regulation.
Freshman Robbie Baillargeon opened the scoring and assisted on BU's goal that made it a 5-4 contest with 3:28 left in regulation.

Jan. 17, 2014

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Faced with a 5-2 deficit midway through the third period, the Boston University men's ice hockey team got within a goal and nearly tied it up before eventually falling to No. 3/4 Boston College by a score of 6-4 on Friday evening at Conte Forum.

With the loss, BU fell to 7-12-2 overall and 2-6-1 in Hockey East play. The Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) and improved to 15-4-2 with a 9-1-1 conference mark.

Sophomore Mike Moran and freshman Robbie Baillargeon each recorded a goal and an assist for the Terriers, who were dressing only 17 skaters due to injuries.

Freshman T.J. Ryan potted his first career goal to make it a 3-2 contest early in the third while junior Cason Hohmann's tally with 3:28 left in regulation made it a 5-4 affair.

The Eagles were paced by freshman Adam Gilmour, who scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist.

BU got a 38-save performance in goal by sophomore Sean Maguire while junior Brian Billett picked up the win for the Eagles, making 23 saves.

The visitors got on the board first midway through the first when a wrister from Baillargeon beat Billet high glove side. Fellow freshmen Brendan Collier and Doyle Somerby assisted on the play.

BC scored the next three goals, including markers on its only two power plays of the night, to take a lead it would not relinquish.

The Eagles tied it up before the first intermission on the game's first power-play chance for either team. Gilmour knocked it in from the low slot off a pass from sophomore Teddy Doherty at the left point.

BC took the lead in the second on a goal by junior Quinn Smith off a rebound in front at 4:35 then made it 3-1 on another power-play tally - this one from the stick of junior Johnny Gaudreau in the center slot - at the 11:05 mark.

Down 3-1 entering the third, BU got some life when Ryan took a pass from freshman Kevin Duane and roofed it over Billett at the top of the crease at 2:50 for his first point as a Terrier. BU also drew a penalty on the play, but was unable to draw even with the man advantage.

The Eagles, however, went on to take their largest lead of the game at 5-2 thanks to goals less than two minutes apart by freshman Chris Calnan and Gilmour.

Moran started the late rally for the Terriers when his tough-angle shot from the left side found a hole in between Billett and the near post with 8:59 left in regulation.

BC took back-to-back penalties to give BU a 52-second 5-on-3 advantage. The Eagles were able to get one man back before the Terriers scored on their sixth and final power-play chance of the evening.

From the left circle, Hohmann one-timed a pass from Baillargeon inside the far post to make things interesting at 5-4 with 3:28 left in regulation. The junior has now scored a goal in each of his past five contests.

BU generated a few good looks in an attempt for an equalizer, but with Maguire pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Gaudreau got his second goal of the night when he backhanded a puck by the neutral-zone boards into the net with 38 seconds remaining to seal the win.

The Terriers will return to action on Saturday (Jan. 18) when they visit No. 10 UMass Lowell in a contest that will be televised by WBIN. Game time is set for 7 p.m.



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