CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - For the third consecutive weekend the No. 11 Dartmouth men's hockey team squared off with a team ranked nationally in the top-10. On this Saturday afternoon, No. 1 Boston College used two goals early in the third period and an empty-netter late to edge the visitors, 6-3, at Conte Forum.
For the Big Green (5-2-2), it marked the start of a five-game non-conference slate against a possible four Hockey East opponents.
After Boston College (10-1-0) took a 3-1 lead just over midway through the second, the Big Green's top line responded.
Matt Lindblad set up Brandon McNally with a redirection in the high slot while on the power play at the 18:32 mark. Less than a minute later, Lindblad set up the tying goal as his centering feed from the goal line found Tyler Sikura all alone at the top of the crease for the quick one-timer.
The Eagles responded from the late second-period surge with a Pat Mullane goal 18 seconds into the third. Mullane opened the afternoon's scoring with a marker 3:40 into the first as well. The top-ranked team from Chestnut Hill added another 3:23 later as Steven Whitney finished off a nice passing play with a one-time shot between the circles to push the lead to 5-3.
An empty-netter with six seconds left wrapped it up for the three-goal BC win.
Dartmouth's penalty-kill unit continues to be the best in the nation this year as all of BC's goals came at even strength, failing to score on its two chances. This season, Dartmouth has killed off 30-of-31 chances (96.7%), including opponents' last 21 opportunities with the man-advantage.
Freshman Charles Grant made the start in the Big Green net, stopping 25 shots. However, the early surge in the third period saddled the rookie netminder with his first collegiate loss (2-1-1).
At the other end, Parker Milner made 29 saves to earn the win and stretch the Eagles' streak of victories to 10 games, the longest in the country.
Sophomore defender Rick Pinkston notched his first of the year 16:19 into the game to pull the teams even at 1-1 headed into the first intermission. He followed the play on an odd-man rush while the teams were four-on-four and knocked in a rebound that Tim O'Brien put on goal. Charlie Mosey started the play with a chip-pass in the neutral zone.
Sikura now has points in eight of the nine games this season as the goal was his sixth of the year.
BC sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and had three assists for a five-point afternoon.
The Big Green will have a bit of a respite as they next play on Saturday, Dec. 1 when the Bentley Falcons come to Thompson Arena for a 7 p.m. start.