Boston, Mass. -- Johnny Gaudreau made sure bragging rights stayed on his end of Commonwealth Ave. at least for the time being. The junior tallied a goal and added two assists as his Eagles plowed past Boston University, 5-1, Friday night at a sold-out Agganis Arena. Seniors Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold each added a goal and an assist, and freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced. The Eagles improved to 3-0 in Hockey East action and will take on Army in a nonconference game on Sunday at Conte Forum at 3 p.m.
Three goals scored by defensemen and another scored by a third line center propelled New Hampshire past UMass, 4-1, Friday night at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH. Justin Agosta potted two goals and fellow blue liner Trevor van Riemsdyk added another. Third line pivot Kyle Smith added a goal and an assist. Junior Casey DeSmith made 22 saves for his first victory of the season and to help snap his team's six-game winless streak.
Providence and Merrimack played a defensive battle in North Andover at Lawler Arena, but it was the Friars who would come out on top thanks to a second period tally from Noel Acciari. Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies made 19 saves for his seventh career shutout as Providence improved to 6-1-1. Once again Merrimack lost a hard-fought battle due to an inability to finish chances and find the back of the twine.
Notre Dame handed Minnesota its first loss of the season. The Fighting Irish received goals from Bryan Rust, Sam Herr, Jeff Costello and Garrett Peterson to pick up the 4-1 victory. Steven Summerhays saved 32 of the 33 shots he saw. Check out Nathan Wells' full recap here.
Martin Ouellette made some key saves to keep the Catamounts scoreless, and Ben Hutton and Steven Swavely scored power play goals in the last five minutes of the game to give Red Gendron his first Hockey East victory as head coach of the Maine Black Bears. Vermont couldn't seem to solve the riddle that the Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending prospect presented. Jeff Cox provides a complete recap of the game here.
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