Four different players scored goals, including three in the third period, and freshman goaltender Kevin Boyle made 24 saves as the University of Massachusetts skated to a 4-2 win last night over top-ranked Boston College at the Mullins Center in Amherst.
Steven Guzzo, Oleg Yevenko, and T.J. Syner struck in the final period to give the Minutemen their first victory over a No. 1 team since Nov. 14, 2008 (5-1 over Boston University), and hand the Eagles their first conference loss of the season.
Michael Pereira also scored for UMass (2-4-2, 1-4-2 Hockey East).
Chris Kreider’s eighth goal of the season drew BC (8-1-0, 6-1-0) to within 3-2 with 4:26 remaining, but UMass’s defense held the rest of the way, and Syner capped the scoring with an empty-net goal, his fourth tally of the season, with 31 seconds left.
Yevenko, a freshman, gave UMass a 3-1 lead with 6:31 left on the first goal of his career, going top shelf from the left circle.
Guzzo put the Minutemen on top, 2-1, with 15:58 left when he tucked the puck into the right side of the goal off the rebound of a Rocco Carzo shot. It was Guzzo’s second goal of the season.
Just 1:45 after BC’s Steven Whitney scored the game’s first goal early in the first, Pereira tied it, jamming home the rebound of an Adam Phillips shot from the point on the power play.