Box Score
BOSTON– BC’s Benn Ferriero scored on a power-play at :43 seconds of triple overtime to lift No. 7 Boston College to a 5-4 win over the fourth-ranked and top-seeded University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team on Friday night in the first of two semifinals of the 24th annual Hockey East tournament at TD Banknorth Garden. BC advances to play the winner of the BU/Vermont semifinal (8 p.m.) in the finals on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game was the longest semifinal game in Hockey East tournament history.
UNH, which falls to 25-9-3, will await its placement in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2. The Wildcats will most likely advance to the tournament for the six-straight season. BC improves to 20-11-8.
Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made a career-high 62 saves improving on his career-high of 52 saves at Providence on Feb. 15. It was the third-most saves by a netminder in the Hockey East tournament. Regan falls to 23-7-1, while BC netminder John Muse stopped a career-high 45 shots to improve to 20-11-8.

Ferriero’s goal broke 55:50 of 4-4 hockey, while the first 55 minutes saw eight goals including four-of-the-first-five tallied by the Wildcats.

Trailing 4-1 in the second, the Eagles potted a pair of goals in the final seven minutes to cut it to 4-3. The first came during a 5-on-3 opportunity as Joe Whitney scored at 13:42 with assists from Benn Ferriero and Gerbe. The second goal came at 16:34 when Brian Gibbons scored with helps from Smith and Gerbe.

Still down 4-3 in the third, BC scored the equalizer when Matt Price shot deflected in the net off the skate of Dan Bertram, who was credited with the goal. Pat Gannon also had an assist on the tally at 4:53 in the third.

UNH jumped out to an early lead and led by as much as 4-1. Sophomore forward Bobby Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) drew first blood for the Wildcats at 5:17 in the first when he scored a power-play goal. James vanRiemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) fought for and won a battle for the puck behind the net and centered it to a crashing Butler, who went top shelf to record the tally. UNH added another late in the period on a delayed-penalty extra-skater situation. Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) skated in from the top of the offensive zone and fired a one-timer past BC’s John Muse at 15:16 to make it 2-0. Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) and Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) notched helpers on the tally.

Boston College cut that lead in half when the netted a 4-on-3 goal just 1:34 into the second. Ben Smith scored with an assist from Nathan Gerbe and Anthony Aiello. The Wildcats regained its two-goal advantage midway through the period when Butler tallied his second of the game at 10:33. The goal was assisted by vanRiemsdyk and Nick Krates (Palos Park, Ill.), who tallied the first point of his collegiate career. UNH scored its second short-handed goal in as many games just under two minutes later as Collins interspected a pass in mid-air at center ice and fed a streaking Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, Mo.) who finished on his open opportunity to make it 4-1.

UNH will await its seeding and placement in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The selection show will air on ESPN2 on Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. Log onto for the all the latest tournament information.

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