Junior forward Patrick Brown scored the winning goal at 16:23 of the third period and senior goaltender Parker Milner recorded 29 saves as No. 1 Boston College earned a 3-2 Hockey East victory over Massachusetts before 4,606 at Kelley Rink.
Down a goal in the third period, the Eagles (6-1, 6-1 Hockey East) scored at 9:13 and 16:23 to capture the victory, their sixth straight and 25th in the last 26 games.
This was the second time in the young season that the Minutemen (2-4, 1-4) put a scare into top-ranked BC. UMass lost to the Eagles, 5-4, in overtime on Oct. 19 in Amherst in a game it led 3-0 entering the third period. BC also beat UMass by one-goal margins in consecutive Hockey East quarterfinal-round wins last March.
BC freshman defenseman Michael Matheson tied the game at 2-2 midway through the third period, finding the back of the net from the slot. Brown scored the winner with 3:37 to go, pouncing on a loose puck on the edge of the right circle, spinning, snapping and picking the right corner of the net with a wrist shot.
The goals were the first of the season for both players.
After a scoreless second period, Troy Power gave the visiting Minutemen a 2-1 lead at 1:42 of the third. His redirected shot from the slot beat Milner over his shoulder, hit the top post and fell in the net for his first of the year.
The Minutemen nearly widened their lead with two close-range shots in the 13th minute of the third period, but junior defenseman Isaac MacLeod knelt in front of net to stop a shot with his knee, then saved the rebound scoring bid with a kick save off his left skate.