Notre Dame hockey team knocks out Boston College

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Senior goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 30-of-32 shots and Notre Dame got goals from Stephen Johns, Sam Herr, Bryan Rust and Jeff Costello in 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.

The Irish shut out Hobey Baker candidate Johnny Gaudreau as his 31-game point streak came to an end.

The win improved 11th-ranked Notre Dame to 23-12-2 while No. 2-ranked Boston College dropped 26-7-4. Notre Dame has handed BC three of its seven losses.

The Irish will play at TD Garden — home of the Boston Bruins on Friday, against UMass-Lowell which 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 and scored his 24th goal of the season.

The Irish tied the score on an end-to-end rush by Johns at 11:31 for his eight goal of the season.

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, 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.

Boston College would even the score on a 5-on-3 power play chance and had another goal waved off.

The Irish took advantage of the break, scoring late in the period with Rust getting his second of the game (17th in year) for a 3-2 lead.

Summerhays stood tall in the third period stopping all 14 shots he faced in the period. His teammates got the insurance goal 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.

With his two assists in the game, senior center T.J. Tynan moved into 13th on the all-time Notre Dame points list with 158 career points on 54 goals and 104 assists. He broke the tie for 13th with Erik Condra ‘09 who had 156 points in his career.

The Irish advance to the league championship series for the second year in a row. Last year in the final year of the CCHA, the Irish won the title at Joe Louis Arena.

#11/#11 ND (23-13-2)121 — 4
#2/#2 BC (26-7-4)110 — 2

1st Period: BC: Kevin Hayes 24 (Adam Gilmour), 4:43; ND: Stephen Johns 8 (Eric Johnson, Vince Hinostroza), 11:31.

Penalties: ND: 0 for 0 minutes; BC: 0 for 0 minutes.

2nd Period: ND: Bryan Rust 16 (Sam Herr, T.J. Tynan), 4:10; BC: Patrick Brown 14 (Bill Arnold, Hayes,), PPG, 8:05; ND: Rust 17 (Tynan, Shayne Taker), 19:56.

Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; BC: 1 for 2 minutes.

3rd Period: ND: Jeff Costello 13 (Steven Fogarty), 18:08.

Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; BC: 0 for 0 minutes.


Goaltender saves:: ND: Steven Summerhays (60:00) 6 - 10 - 14 - 30; BC: Thatcher Demko (59:05) 9 - 6 - 4 - 19

Power Plays:: ND: 0 for 1;BC: 1 for 3

Attendance: 3,246