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Boston College Hockey Falls To Denver In Home Opener, Wins At UNH

10/14/2011 -- Denver 4, Boston College 2 -- 2-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East
10/15/2011 -- Boston College 5, New Hampshire 1 -- 3-1-0, 1-0-0 Hockey East

Boston College's home opener didn't exactly go to plan as the top-ranked Eagles fell to the visiting Denver Pioneers 4-2. York and the Eagles got goals from Barry Almeida and Kevin Hayes, but Milner gave up two second period goals, including the game-winner at 8:49 of the second. 

It was the Eagles' first loss in a home opener since falling 2-1 to Maine to start the 2005-06 season.

Despite the loss, all reports are that Conte Forum was rocking on Friday night with another sellout crowd of 7,884. On Friday night's atmosphere, York stated that the Conte Forum crowd was "the best crowd I've seen in Kelley Rink in my 18 years at BC." So keep it up, Superfans!

On Saturday night, Eagles goaltender turned in a great 39-save performance in a 5-1 victory over New Hampshire at a packed Whittemore Center. The Wildcats uncharacteristically outshot the Eagles 40-25 on the night, including a 20-9 edge during the second period. 

BC got goals from each of Brian Dumoulin, Paul Carey, Bill Arnold, Chris Kreider and Johnny Gaudreau. 

The win gives the Eagles an early two points in the Hockey East standings and denied UNH coach Dick Umile his 300th Hockey East victory. While New Hampshire lost its top four scorers from last year's team, UNH was expected to reload and replace that production. That certainly hasn't been the case so far this season, as the Wildcats drop to 0-3-0 on the year -- all three losses in Hockey East play -- and have been outscored 14-1 on the year.

The Eagles next host UMass on Friday night at Kelley Rink (7:00 pm) before heading cross-town to Matthews to face the Northeastern Huskies on Saturday night (7:00 pm).

Highlights from both Friday and Saturday night's games after the jump.

Go Eagles!