No. 14 Men's Hockey Defeats Maine, 6-3, In League Action
Jan. 24, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Matt Price scored twice while freshman Tommy Cross tallied three assists and sophomore Joe Whitney recorded one goal and one assist to lead No. 14 Boston College to a 6-3 Hockey East victory over Maine before 6,909 fans in Kelley Rink.
BC scored the game's first three goals and never trailed in the contest to earn their first victory in seven games. Additionally, five BC players scored and five of the victors' six goals came while skating at even strength.
Senior Benn Ferriero opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season at 4:09 of the opening frame.
Price doubled the BC lead at 13:26 of the first period and tallied his second score of the game at 3:53 of the middle stanza for the 3-0 lead.
Price's second score launched a flurry of six goals in a span of 6:29.
Maine's Brian Flynn and Lem Randall netted consecutive goals at 4:14 and 5:48 to cut the Eagles' lead to one goal - at 3-2.
Whitney countered with his third goal of the season at 7:28.
After Maine's Mike Banwell (1 goal, 1 assist) cut the Eagles' lead back to one goal - at 4-3 - just 18 seconds later, BC freshman Barry Almeida concluded the second-period scoring with a power-play tally at 10:22 to give the host Eagles a 5-3 after two periods.
Junior Matt Lombardi scored the game's lone third-period score just 2:11 into the period for the 6-3 final.
Sophomore goalie John Muse made 23 saves in his 21st start of the season and the 65th of his career.
Maine freshman goalie Scott Darling recorded 16 saves in 34:35 to take the loss. Junior Dave Wilson totaled seven saves in the final 25:25.
Team Records: Maine - 10-10-3, 5-7-2 Hockey East; Boston College 10-8-3, 6-7-3 HE
Game Notes: Price's two goals marked his first multiple-goal game of his 90-game collegiate career ... freshman defenseman Malcolm Lyles made his collegiate debut and notched the primary assist on Whitney's game-winning goal. Lyles finished with a plus-minus rating of +1 and attempted one shot ... goaltender John Muse tallied his second career assist on Whitney's decisive score. Muse, who has played in 65 games, registered one assist during his freshman season (at Harvard on Dec. 12, 2007) ... freshman defenseman Edwin Shea tallied his first collegiate point - an assist on Price's goal at 13:26 of the opening period ... Whitney, Price and Hayes all finished with a plus-minus rating of +3, marking a career high for each forward.