Needing a win or a tie to keep its Hockey East regular season title hopes alive, the Eagles hockey team turned in one of the more dominant performances of the season in a 4-0 win over New Hampshire. BC held a gaudy 42-12 advantage in shots on the night, and dominated play for most of the night. It was probably the most complete effort from BC in over a month, when the Eagles handled UMass 5-0 at Conte Forum back on February 4.
Brian Gibbons opened the scoring at 8:34 of the first period on a great backhanded goal on the power-play. Assists by Steven Whitney and Joe Whitney, and an unofficial assist by Jimmy Hayes, who used his speed to draw a hooking call on UNH's Matt Campanale.
BC took just a 1-0 lead into the locker room at the first intermission despite dominating the period and outshooting the Wildcats 12-3.
The Eagles got a shorthanded goal on a great feed by Gibbons to Atkinson at 9:50 of the second to make it 2-0. Atkinson struck again at 9:25 of the third, this time an even strength goal to make it 3-0.
Bill Arnold made it 4-0 at 16:06 of the third on yet another shorthanded goal. Atkinson's and Arnold's shorthanded goals were BC's 11th and 12th of the season, which ties Notre Dame for the most shorthanded goals in the country.
John Muse did just enough, stopping all 12 shots faced for his 12th shutout of his career.
The Eagles (25-7-1, 19-6-1 Hockey East) can wrap up the Hockey East regular season championship with a win or a tie tomorrow night at the Whittemore Center.