Senior goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 30-of-32 shots and Bryan Rust scored two goals to lead Notre Dame to a 4-2 win over Boston College in game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinal round at Conte Forum.
Boston College got goals from Kevin Hayes and Patrick Brown on the night. The Irish shut out Hobey Baker candidate Johnny Gaudreau as his 31-game point streak came to an end.
The win improves 11th-ranked Notre Dame to 23-12-2 while second-ranked Boston College goes to 26-7-4. The Irish will play at TD Garden in Boston on Friday, March 21 against UMass-Lowell who advanced by beating Vermont. Providence will meet New Hampshire in the other semifinal.
The two teams traded goals in the first period with Boston College scoring first at the 4:43 mark as the Eagles made the most of a Notre Dame turnover.
With the Irish in control of the puck, BC’s Adam Gilmour picked off an errant pass at the blue line and moved in on Summerhays on a 3-on-1. Hayes moved in from the right circle and took the pass from Gilmour and deposited into a wide-open goal for his 24th of the season and the 1-0 lead.
The Irish tied the score on a brilliant end-to-end rush by Johns at 11:31 for his eight goal of the season.
After the Eagles fired the puck down the ice off both Vince Hinostroza and Eric Johnson, Stephen Johns picked it up near the Notre Dame goal and moved up the right boards cutting to center through the neutral zone. When he hit the Boston College blue line, the Eagles backed in and he took it down the left side, beating Demko with a short backhander that snuck inside the left post.
The goal was waved off at first but after a review by the game officials, the goal was awarded and the score was tied at 1-1.
Notre Dame took a 2-1 lead just 4:10 into the second period with Rust getting his first of two goals on the night.
T.J. Tynan, who had a pair of assists in the game, fired a shot from the left circle that went off of Sam Herr in front. Rust swooped in from the slot and fired the puck over Demko’s glove for his career-best 16th goal of the season.
Boston College would even the score and almost take the lead on a 5-on-3 power play chance. With the Irish taking a too many men on the ice penalty and Tynan getting called for goaltender interference, the Eagles had 16 seconds on the two-man advantage but only needed 12 seconds as Brown scored on a rebound at 8:05 to tie the game at 2-2.
BC worked the puck to Bill Arnold who fired a shot from the left side that Summerhays stopped. The rebound went to Brown moving in from the left circle and he fired it home for his 24th of the season.
With time left on Tynan’s penalty, Boston College got a shot off from close in that deflected of Brown and went into the goal as the BC forward drove into Summerhays knocking the goal off its moorings. The official at the goal called it a goal, but the officials conferred and ruled that Brown had interfered with Summerhays and the goal was waved off.
The Irish took advantage of the break, scoring late in the period with Rust getting his second of the game at 19:56 for the 3-2 lead.
As time would down in the period, defenseman Shayne Taker carried the puck through center before moving it to Tynan who moved down the slot. Rust drove in front of him and took the pass, lifting it past Demko’s glove hand for his 17th of the year to give Notre Dame the one-goal lead heading into the second intermission.
Summerhays stood tall in the third period stopping all 14 shots he faced in the period. His teammates got the insurance goal they needed at 18:08 when Jeff Costello teamed up with Steven Fogarty on a 2-1, beating Demko with a backhander for his 13th goal of the season and the 4-2 lead.