Jan. 11, 2005
A whitewash from freshman goaltender Cory Schneider lifted Boston College (12-3-3, 6-1-3) to a 1-0 victory over Yale University (2-14-1, 2-10-1). The win is BC's sixth straight, the longest win streak of this season.
The Eagles welcomed back Schneider on Tuesday. Schneider, the third-ranked goalie in the nation going into the game, missed four games due to his stint with the USA Junior National Team. He led the way for the Eagles against Yale, making 11 saves.
Ryan Murphy had an early chance to put the Eagles on the board. He took a breakout pass at the redline from freshman Mike Brennan and made a hard move on Yale goalie Matt Modelski. Murphy lost control of the puck in the short-side attempt. Six minutes into the game, BC led Yale 6-1 in shots.
At the conclusion of the first period, the game remained knotted at zero. Even though Yale had power-play opportunities, the Eagles out-shot the Bulldogs 12-1, relentlessly establishing a home in their offensive zone. This was the Eagles' fourth straight game coming out of the first period without a tally on the scoreboard.
Emotions flared as the second period began. Both teams traded penalties and the play got increasingly more chippy as the minutes ticked off the clock.
BC took the lead at 5:50 in the second period. On the power play, Patrick Eaves started the scoring play with a hard shot from the right slot. His attempt was saved, and Joe Rooney was there for the rebound. His shot went off the left blocker of Modelski and senior Ned Havern picked up the puck. He slipped it inside the right post for his third goal of the season.
Eaves tallied his 80th career point on the helper.
By the end of the second, BC was out-shooting Yale 33-9.
Havern had a chance to net his second of the night on a breakaway. An outlet pass from Matt Greene hit Havern in stride, but a trailing defender poked the puck out a few feet from the crease.
BC takes on BU this Friday night at 7 p.m. at Kelley Rink. The game will be aired live on NESN.