CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 3 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team was defeated by No. 11 ranked Boston College, 4-2 on Saturday night at Conte Forum in front of 7,884 fans in the Hockey East regular-season finale for both teams.
UNH finishes the regular-season schedule with a 23-9-2 overall record and a 18-7-2 mark in conference play, while Boston College finishes at 22-11-1, 18-8-1 in league games.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at the end of the first period on a goal by Benn Ferriero with 30 seconds remaining in the period for his 17th goal of the season. Tim Filangieri took a slapshot from the right point and the rebound left Foster’s leg pad and found Ferriero waiting on the doorstep to beat UNH goalie Brian Foster (Pembroke, Mass.) to his glove side. Junior forward Dan Bertram also assisted on the goal.
Ferriero added another goal on a slapshot from the right point at the 3:56 mark of the middle frame. Brett Motherwell and Brock Bradford earned helpers on the Eagles’ second goal of the game.
The Wildcats got onto the board with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle by junior blueliner Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) with 12:59 left in the second period to make the score 2-1. Junior forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) and sophomore forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) posted assists on Swtizer’s third goal of the season. BC’s Joe Rooney gave the Eagles a 3-1 lead at the 6:41 mark of the second as he scored on a backhand in the middle of slot as he circled around the Wildcat net.
With 10:53 in the game, Nathan Gerbe extended the BC lead to 4-1. Bradford and Brian Boyle earned assists on Gerbe’s league-leading 21st goal of the season. Sophomore forward Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) added a goal late in the game with only 23 seconds remaining for his third goal of the season.
Foster made 24 saves in his fourth collegiate start for the ‘Cats in the losing cause, which included nine saves in the final period. Foster, who fell to 2-2-0 on the season, made his second career league start with the first coming on Jan. 20 at Massachusetts. Schneider stopped 39 on 41 shots by UNH on the night in the victory. Schneider totaled 16 saves in the second period and 12 in the opening period.
The ‘Cats outshot BC 41 to 28 for the game, including a 17-10 advantage in the middle frame. Each team scored one power play goal on the night.
UNH returns to the ice for the first round of postseason play with the Hockey East quarterfinals against Providence College beginning on Thursday, March 8 in the best of three series. Game times at the Whittemore Center are all 7 p.m.