Maine Beats #3 Men's Hockey, 4-1
Jan. 25, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Maine scored the first three goals of the game then added an empty netter to seal a 4-1 victory over Boston College - and earn its first road win over the third-ranked Eagles since October 2005 - in front of 6,927 fans at Kelley Rink.
The visiting Black Bears scored twice in the first period as well as the lone second-period tally to claim a 3-0 advantage after 40 minutes of play.
BC senior forward Steven Whitney trimmed the home team's deficit to two goals - at 3-1 - on his fifth goal in the last three games at 13:06 of the final frame. But it was the lone goal the Eagles would get as Maine senior Kyle Beattie scored into an empty net with 49 seconds to play to conclude the scoring and snap a nine-game losing streak at Boston College's Kelley Rink that dates back to a 2-1 win on Oct. 28, 2005.
Joey Diamond opened the scoring at 3:11 of the first period, taking advantage of a turnover behind the Eagles' net and lifting a wrist shot over BC goaltender Parker Milner from just inside the red line.
Ryan Lomberg doubled the lead with 20.8 seconds left in the opening stanza, skating around an outstretched Milner and sneaking a puck into the back of the net just past the goaltender's glove.
Will Merchant widened the lead to 3-0 with a shot that beat Milner nearside at 8:05 of the second period.
Whitney notched the only goal of the night for the Eagles at 13:06 of the final frame with a power-play tally from the middle of the circle that found the top of the net.
Boston College was 1-5 on the power play while Maine went 0-3 on the man-advantage.
Maine goaltender Martin Ouellette recorded 34 saves. He improves to 4-7-4.
Milner stopped 27 shots in 59:01 and falls to 14-6-2 in defeat.
The teams will conclude the two-game weekend series on Saturday, January 26 at Kelley Rink at 7 p.m.
Team Records: Maine 6-14-4, 2-9-4- Hockey East; Boston College 14-6-2, 11-5-1 HE
Game Notes: Whitney's goal marked his 10th third-period score this season. The power-play score marked the team's first in five games. The Eagles entered the night 0-for-13 in the last four contests ... BC's senior class fell to 8-4-1 against Maine in its four seasons and lost to the Black Bears in Boston for the first time. The Eagles were a combined 6-0-0 against Maine at Kelley Rink and TD Garden.