CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal at 5:02 in the second period, while Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) stopped all 28 shots he faced to propel the third-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team to a 2-0 victory against Hockey East foe No. 7 Boston College on Friday night at Kelley Rink.

The Wildcats improve to 20-7-2, 16-4-2 Hockey East play, while the Eagles are now 16-8-7, 10-6-6. UNH captures its 12th-straight 20-win season and can clinch its second-straight regular-season title with a win tomorrow night. The ‘Cats, who are 7-0-1 in its last eight games and 11-0-1 in its last 12 against Hockey East foes, are now just a point away from securing home ice for the Hockey East tournament.

Regan, who tied Northeastern’s Bruce Racine for the second-most goalie wins in Hockey East play with 48 wins, is 11-0-1 in his last 12 games against league foes dating back to Dec. 16, 2007. The shutout was his first-ever against the Eagles and the eighth of his career.

The Wildcats drew first blood at 5:02 in the second period as Butler scored from the right of the net. The play was setup by his linemates Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) and James vanRiemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.), who were credited with assists on the eventual game winner.

UNH added a critical insurance goal in the third period on the power play. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) gathered the puck from behind the net and passed it to Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) on the right point. Radja made a cross-ice pass to Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.), who snipped the puck in from the left point at 13:24 in the third period.

There was a lot of back-and-forth action in a scoreless first period. Both netminders made notable saves, while the Eagles had a 9-to-5 shot advantage.

Regan made 23 of his 28 saves in the final two periods and improves to 18-5-1, while BC’s John Muse tallied 27 stops and moves to 16-8-7.

UNH and BC complete the home-and-home series on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. Saturday’s game will be broadcast by NHPTV with radio coverage on the UNH Sports Network.

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