Tommy Cross scored on the power play just 2:30 into this one and BC never looked back en route to a 3-0 win on the road at Schneider Arena in Providence.
The game did stay 1-0 for the majority of the game but it never really did feel like Providence would get anything going. Once Pat Mullane scored their 2nd goal about a third of the way into the last period, that pretty much iced it. Paul Carey scored the final tally on an empty net to put a bow on it.
This was as much of a workmanlike win as you can get against an inferior opponent. It might not have been flashy, but what's not to like? Milner was as good as he could have been, stopping all 29 of Providence's shots. The team never really let Providence sniff hope in the game. It was a solid win.
Aside from BC getting the win, this was a huge night on the scoreboard for the Eagles:
-- Previously #2 Michigan lost to the very bad Bowling Green "Jerry York Isn't Our Coach Anymore" Falcons, and
-- Previously #3 Ferris State tied a mediocre CCHA team in Western Michigan. These two games gave BC some breathing room for 1st place in the Pairwise.
-- The team right in BC's rear view mirror in Hockey East, UMass-Lowell, lost to Merrimack. This had the triple effect of: Lowell losing two points to BC in the standings, dropping Lowell that much further back from the top 4 in the PWR and further assuring BC an eastern NCAA regional, and giving Merrimack a much needed win which keeps them in sniffing distance of NCAAs (hey, we want Hockey East to represent, amirite?**).
-- New Hampshire beat UMass, keeping the Wildcats (0-3 against BC) as a Pairwise Team Under Consideration and knocking UMass (2-1 against BC) further out.
-- Northeastern (0-4 against BC) won, keeping them inside the Team Under Consideration window as well.
**Eff the Terriers though.
BC plays Providence at Conte tomorrow at 3:30pm, in a game that has been sold out for well over a week.