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February 8, 2014

Eagles breeze past Merrimack

CHESTNUT HILL — They’re the best team in college hockey for a reason.

Boston College blitzed Merrimack, 6-1, last night at Conte Forum, sweeping the Warriors in the season series and outscoring the Warriors a total of 10-2 in the two games.

The Eagles, who are ranked second in both polls, are the top-ranked team in the Pairwise rankings, which is the model the NCAA uses to select teams to the NCAA tournament.

The Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games since a Nov. 29 loss.

“Our guys had their legs tonight,” said BC associate head coach Greg Brown, filling in for head coach Jerry York who was battling a lost voice. “Merrimack puts a lot of pressure on you with their forecheck and it was hard breaking out. They kept us in during the first period but after that we did a better job.”

Bill Arnold scored his first of three goals just 1:18 into the game, taking advantage of a shorthanded 2-on-1. He scored his second goal 13 minutes later and completed the hat trick in the third period.

“We’re on the power play and we have a guy cheat down with two guys coming at him and end up going by him, with a forward who hasn’t played back there very long. That’s a bad decision, to give up a 2-on-1 to Arnold and (John) Gaudreau, that’s not great,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said.

“On the second goal we lose a puck battle just inside our blue line, the puck goes back in and they score again. We fight for that two feet and there’s the second goal. The third goal, we have the puck on the wall, we passed it back, it bounces over a stick and there’s another 2-on-1. The fourth goal goes off a skate.

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