The Boston College Eagles and the Yale University Bulldogs skated to a 3-3 tie yesterday at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. Parker Milner stopped 45 shots for BC (12-3-2), now 1-1-1 in the second half of the season.
Junior center Bill Arnold put the Eagles on the scoreboard with his eighth goal of the season, shoveling in a bouncing puck after a Michael Matheson (three assists) bomb from the point. Freshman winger Brendan Silk netted his second goal of the season five minutes into the second period, doubling the Eagles’ lead.
Yale would then storm back with three unanswered goals. Colin Dueck, Ryan Obuchowksi, and Andrew Miller all scored for the Bulldogs (7-4-3) in the second frame. Miller converted on the power play for Yale, one of five penalties committed by the Eagles – not exactly the disciplined game plan Jerry York was hoping for after a penalty-filled loss to Minnesota.
Steven Whitney would convert a power play opportunity for the Eagles at the end of the second period to even the score up at 3-3. After that, the two teams played twenty-five minutes of scoreless hockey.
Parker Milner played spectacularly given the circumstances. He turned aside 45 shots, 12 of which came off the stick of Yale sniper Kenny Agostino, while playing behind a tired, patchwork BC defense. With senior stalwart Patch Alber out for the season, defenseman Travis Jeke made his second start of the season. BC is now playing with four freshman defensemen – Matheson, Doherty, Sullivan, and Jeke.
In an interview with The Boston Herald, Milner commented on the play of the defensive corps in front of him, saying, “Tonight there were a lot of strong positives with the younger guys [on defense] like Teddy [Doherty], Colin [Sullivan], Travis Jeke and Mike Matheson, who stepped up and showed they belong in the lineup. We always knew they could play but maybe some other people didn’t know it.”
The Eagles saw the return of junior defenseman Isaac MacLeod from a shoulder injury; they also dodged a bullet when senior captain Patrick Wey cramped up during overtime, shortening the bench even further. After the game Coach York and assured the media that Wey would be fine.