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College Hockey: Lost weekend for UNH as BC completes sweep

By ALLEN LESSELS
New Hampshire Union Leader

January 28. 2012 11:15PM



DURHAM - No big secret about this one. No sense putting a spin on it.

'That's one tough weekend,' said University of New Hampshire hockey coach Dick Umile in a low voice.

Sure was.

Boston College, ranked No. 7 in the country, finished off a sweep of UNH with a 3-2 overtime win in front of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center on Saturday night.

Barry Almeida closed it out with his second goal of the night and 16th of the season and sent the Wildcats reeling to their fifth straight loss at home.

UNH fell to 9-14-2 overall and 6-11-1 in Hockey East.

Because Northeastern completed a sweep at Vermont with a 4-3 win on Saturday night, the Wildcats dropped into ninth place in the Hockey East standings.

If the postseason started today, they would miss the league playoffs for the first time in Umile's tenure as head coach.

Boston College improved to 16-10-1 overall and 12-7-1 in Hockey East.

The Eagles beat UNH 4-3 on Friday night by scoring two goals in the last three minutes and five seconds, including the game-winner with 51 seconds to go.

'We could have won both games and we lost both games,' Umile said. 'That's the hard part to handle. It's disappointing. . . . Now we've just got to get in the playoffs because I think we're a good team. But who knows if we can get in?'

It didn't help Umile's mood any that the overtime winner came on a power play after UNH forward Kevin Goumas was called for tripping in front of the BC net.

'A call like that in overtime, it wasn't good to see,' said UNH captain Mike Borisenok. 'Even with that said, there were definitely opportunities for a makeup call, but we didn't get it.'

The Wildcats had killed 70 seconds of the penalty when Almeida struck.

BC defenseman Tommy Cross shot the puck toward the net and it bounced off a shin pad and to Almeida.

'It landed right on my stick,' Almeida said.

He quickly shot it past DeSmith and in.

'I just really never saw it until it went past me,' DeSmith said. 'It was from pretty close. It was a good shot.'

The loss dropped DeSmith's record to 3-5-0 and all the losses have been by one goal, three of them in OT.

In total, three of UNH's last four losses have been in overtime and the other was the Friday night crusher at BC.

The Wildcats rallied late in the second period to tie the game 2-2 entering the third.

The Eagles had a 19-10 edge in shots in the second period, but could not get one past DeSmith.

UNH took the game over for the last couple minutes of the period.

Defenseman Justin Agosta kept the puck in the BC end on the right boards and fired across to Borisenok, who was all alone at the right edge of the crease and put it behind Milner with 1:14 left in the period.

The Wildcats put all kinds of pressure on the Eagles in the last minute of the period, but were unable to get a go-ahead goal past Parker Milner (31 saves).

DeSmith had 10 of his career-high 34 saves in the third period and Milner had nine to take it to overtime.

Outshot 34-13 on Friday's at Boston College, the Wildcats matched that shot total in the first period on Saturday.

But still they trailed 2-1 coming out of the period.

That's because the Eagles got two of their six shots past DeSmith.

Almeida scored the first, deflecting an Edwin Shea pass from right faceoff circle up and past the goalie 3:24 into the game.

UNH defenseman Brett Kostolansky slid down from the point and collected a Nick Sorkin pass from the right corner and beat Milner to tie it 1-1 on the power play at 8:03.

In celebration, former Wildcat and current Philadelphia Flyer James van Riemsdyk tossed the ceremonial fish onto the ice after the first UNH goal. van Riemsdyk, who is off because of the NHL All-Star break, is in town to visit his brother, Trevor. Trevor is a freshman defenseman for the Wildcats.

BC took the lead back with 3:52 left in the period when junior Chris Kreider beat DeSmith with a long backhander.

Overtime - and a major dose of disappointment - was yet to come.


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