CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Poor ice conditions at Boston College's Kelley Rink on Friday caused on-ice officials to end UND's game against BC after two periods, resulting in a shortened 0-0 tie that will count as an official game under NCAA rules.
On a night in which there were two power outages at BC's Conte Forum -- which houses Kelley Rink -- poor ice conditions were cited as the factor that ultimately led to the game being stopped after two periods. The NCAA rule used by referees Scott Hansen and Tim Benedetto was Rule 6, Section 55, d. (the rule is copied at end of this summary).
The game ended in a 0-0 tie, only the second time in school history that the UND men's hockey team played a scoreless tie. The other came in a 1968 game against Michigan Tech. UND goalie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) made 24 saves to record his second consecutive shutout this season and sixth career shutout.
North Dakota, ranked No. 1 in the nation in both national men's hockey polls, is now 1-0-1 overall on the season and will play Saturday at Northeastern at 6:05 p.m. Central time. Fourth-ranked Boston College is now 1-1-1 overall.
Rain and unseasonably warm weather with temperatures in the 70s has resulted in high humidity in the Boston area this week. The Silvio Conte Forum, where BC plays, does not have air conditioning. Boston College rented dehumidifiers and air conditioners to run overnight in Conte Forum on Thursday to try and counter the local weather conditions and ensure the ice surface would be playable.
Game time was scheduled for 8:08 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, but approximately 45 minutes before faceoff and before the teams began warming up, the power in the building went out momentarily. Although power was restored, the start of the game was delayed 15 minutes to allow the lights to recharge, according to a public address announcement that was made.
The game then started at 8:23 p.m., and a scoreless first period was played without incident. The building went dark again just over a minute into the second period (9:18 p.m.) while UND forward Darcy Zajac (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba) was circling behind the BC net. Secondary lights in the arena came on about 10 seconds after the main lights went out, but both teams were sent to their locker rooms during a 23-minute delay.
The game then resumed at approximately 9:41 p.m., and the teams finished the remaining 18:52 of the second period, although a slight fog on the ice was visible at times during the second period.
A sellout crowd of 7,884 was on hand at the game, and the press box and upper areas of the arena were very warm throughout the evening.
During the intermission after the second period (normally 15 minutes), the scoreboard clock stopped with two minutes remaining in the intermission, and several minutes later, a public address announcement was made that the game had been stopped because of poor ice conditions.
One of the highlights in the game came when Lamoureux made a stellar glove save on a Nathan Gerbe wrist shot 6:16 into the second as Gerbe raced into the UND end on the left side.
UND outshot BC 28-24. The Sioux were held scoreless on four power play opportunities, while BC could not convert two power play opportunities.
NOTES: UND was visited in the locker room after the game by former Fighting Sioux goaltender Jordan Parise, who now plays in the New Jersey Devils organization. Parise was the last UND goaltender to open the season with two shutouts, accomplishing the feat in October 2005. That year Parise shut out Miami 3-0 at the Lefty McFadden Invitational in Dayton, Ohio, in UND's season opener. Lamoureux started the next night and was defeated 3-0 by Michigan State in UND's second game, but Parise came back to shut out Northeastern 6-0 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in UND's third game of the season ... UND forward T.J. Oshie (Jr., Warroad, Minn.) had a six-game point-scoring streak snapped on Friday.
NCAA RULE 6, SECTION 55
d. If, at any time during the course of the game, a referee believes that the playing conditions or the conditions among the players and/or spectators have become unsatisfactory, the referee may stop the game; and the score of the game shall be what it was when the game was stopped. It shall be “no contest” unless two periods have been completed.