Chestnut Hill, Mass. -- A four-goal outburst in the first 5:40 of the third period propelled the Providence College men's hockey team to a 5-1 victory over fourth-ranked Boston College at a sold out Kelley Rink (7,884) on Saturday evening.
Leading 1-0 entering the third after a first period Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) goal, back-to-back power play tallies by freshmen Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) and Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) gave the Friars a 3-0 lead en route to the 5-1 win, which snapped an 18-game winless streak by the Friars versus the Eagles.
With the win, Providence (14-11-7, 12-7-6 HEA) moved back into a tie for first place (prior the remaining of the games this weekend) in the Hockey East standings, along with Boston College (19-10-3, 14-9-2 HEA) and UMass Lowell.
Freshman Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 17 saves to earn the win, which was Providence's first over Boston College since a 3-2 victory in Feb. 29, 2008. Boston College's Parker Milner took the loss and he made 21 saves, while Brad Barone made three saves in relief. Acciari finished with two goals, while senior Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) had a goal and an assist and freshman John Gilmour (Montreal, Quebec) added two assists. The Friars took a 1-0 lead at 12:56 of the first when senior Chris Rooney caused a Boston College turnover in the offensive zone and got the puck out front to Acciari, who buried his fifth goal of the year to break the 0-0 tie. Moments before Acciari's goal, a bouncing puck behind the Friar goal resulted in Boston College freshman Brendan Silk having a seemingly open net to shoot at, but Gillies dove back out in front to make a sprawling stick save.
The teams skated to a scoreless second period that was not without chances at both ends, but eight Gillies saves and 12 Milner stops kept it 1-0 heading into the third.
Early in the third, the Friars took a 2-0 lead when Saracino netted a power-play goal at 1:42 to finish a nice sequence of passing by beating Milner with a deke from just outside the goal crease. Gilmour and Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) assisted on the play.
The Friars scored back-to-back tallies to increase their lead to 4-0. On the third goal, Parisi's low wrister from the point found the back of the net at 3:17 and then Chris Rooney tipped in a Kevin Rooney (Canton, Mass.) shot in front to make it 4-0 just 17 seconds later. Juniors Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) assisted on Parisi's fourth goal of the year, while Gilmour had the secondary assist on Chris Rooney's goal.
Acciari scored his second of the game when he won a faceoff while shorthanded, drove the BC net and forced the puck past Milner to make it 5-0 in favor of the Friars at 5:40. It marked the third consecutive game the Friars have scored a short-handed goal.
Boston College's Quinn Smith scored at 18:40 for the final 5-1 score line, which was Providence's largest margin of victory over the Eagles since a 9-5 win at Schneider Arena on Dec. 3, 1993.
The Friars finished 2-for-7 on the power play, while Boston College was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
The Friars will close out the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series versus No. 10/12 UMass Lowell, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. game at Tsongas Arena on Friday, March 8.
Notes Providence's 5-1 victory snapped an 18-game winless streak by the Friars against the Eagles, as it was PC's first win first over Boston College since a 3-2 victory on Feb. 29, 2008 ... It was also Providence's largest margin of victory over the Eagles since a 9-5 win at Schneider Arena on Dec. 3, 1993 ... Noel Acciari netted a career high two goals in the game ... Chris Rooney tied his career high with two points on a goal and an assist (has now scored two points in a game four times in his career) ... John Gilmour's two assists also tied a career high mark ... Providence is now 10-1-4 when leading after one period, 11-0-2 when leading after two and 13-2-4 on the year when scoring first ... The Friars have netted short-handed goals in three consecutive games.