#3 Men's Hockey Falls to Maine, 3-1
Jan. 26, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Maine scored the first three goals of the game, including two off the stick of junior forward Jon Swavely, and defeated third-ranked Boston College, 3-1, to capture the first two-game weekend series sweep of the Eagles at Kelley Rink since January 1993.
BC sophomore goaltender Brian Billett recorded 26 saves in his first start of the season - and first start since Jan. 21, 2012 in a loss at Maine - but his efforts were not enough as Maine scored the only goal of the first period and the first two tallies of the final frame to claim the victory before 7,126 fans. Maine's win, coupled with its 4-1 win over the Eagles on Friday night, marked the first time that an opponent swept a weekend series from Eagles' at BC's home venue since the Black Bears defeated BC twice by a combined score of 12-2 on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24, 1993.
The host Eagles found the back of the net with their lone goal with 9.3 seconds remaining when forward Patrick Brown tipped a Teddy Doherty shot that snuck by Maine goaltender Martin Ouellette (24 saves) before the final horn.
Jon Swavely got the Black Bears on the board first with a high wrist shot that beat Billett glove side at 18:43 of the first stanza.
After a scoreless second period Connor Leen scooped up a rebound in front of the net and lifted the puck into the top shelf at 2:48 of the final frame. Swavely scored his second goal of the night at 13:44 when he skated the puck behind the net and flipped a backhanded shot into the back of the goal.
The visiting Black Bears outshot the Eagles, 29-25. Neither team scored on the power play. Boston College went 0-3 and Maine was 0-6.
Billett falls to 0-1-0 this season and 3-5-1 in his nine-game career.
The Eagles are next in action on Friday, Feb. 1 against Vermont at Kelley Rink. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.
Team Records: Maine 7-14-4, 3-9-4 Hockey East; Boston College 14-7-2, 11-5-1 HEA
Game Notes: BC last lost consecutive games at Kelley Rink on Nov. 17 (Massachusetts, 3-2), and Nov. 23 (Northeastern, 4-3, in overtime), 2007 ... BC did not register a shot in three man-advantage opportunities ... Boston College was without three defensemen - Patch Alber, Michael Matheson and Colin Sullivan - because of injuries. Senior forward Steven Whitney switched from skating along the forward lines to defense.