CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored his ninth goal of the season, but the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell at No. 2 Boston College, 5-2, on Friday night in Hockey East action at Conte Forum.
UNH falls to 13-4-2, with an 8-3-1 mark in Hockey East. BC moves to 13-3-2 overall, 10-2-1 HEA.
BC's Pat Mullane finished with a pair of goals, while Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists.
UNH got on the board first at 8:54 of the first period. Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) deflected and stole a clearing attempt behind the BC net. Willows collected the deflection and centered it to Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) who put it away from the left slot for his second goal of the season.
The Eagles got the equalizer at 13:29 of the period as Kevin Hayes scored his sixth goal of the season off assists from Bill Arnold and Destry Straight.
BC took the lead late in the period on a transition goal started deep in the UNH offensive zone. Steven Whitney carried the puck up along the boards and fed Gaudreau at center ice. Gaudreau made a nice cross-ice pass to Mullane for the one-time wrister at 17:42 that gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead at the break. UNH held an 11-9 shot advantage in the period.
BC added to its lead with three second-period goals. Gaudreau scored on a one-on-none break with a nifty high backhander at 5:01 of the period with assists from Straight and Patrick Wey. Mullane scored his second of the night at 15:43 with assists from Gaudreau and Whitney to make it 4-1. The third goal of the period came with just 15 seconds left as Bill Arnold tallied with an assist from Hayes off a costly UNH turnover. The Wildcats held a slim 9-8 edge in shots during the middle frame.
UNH scored just 37 seconds into the third period as Goumas struck from the slot on the rebound of a Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) shot from the point. John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) won the faceoff back to Pesce and was credited with an assist on the goal.
Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 12 of 17 shots over two periods to move to 12-4-2 on the season. Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) came in for the third period and stopped eight shots in a no-decision.
Parker Milner made 31 saves and improves to 13-3-2 on the season.
UNH held a 33-25 shot advantage, including a 13-8 edge in the third period.
UNH and BC conclude the home-and-home series Saturday (7 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center. For more information on UNH hockey including ticket information visit UNHWildcats.com.