PORTLAND, Maine – The University of Maine men’s hockey team went into Saturday night with a chance to sweep the No. 18 Boston University Terriers but got tripped up in the Hockey East contest, 7-0.
The Terriers jumped out to an early lead when Shane Bowers connected on a pass from Patrick Harper on a scrum in front of the net just about 90 seconds into the game.
Maine responded to the early goal with steady play and fought back into the game, ending the period with 10 shots to BU’s 11. During the period, junior goaltender Rob McGovern kept it a one goal deficit with a slick glove save on a shot from the high slot.
It would be BU, though, that found the back of the net again first. From the left face-off dot, Jordan Greenway one-timed a pass from Chad Krys past McGovern, 4:26 into the middle frame. Ten minutes later, the Terriers then capitalized on a delayed penalty call to make it 3-0 on Hank Crone’s first career goal. With 43 seconds to go in the period, Brady Tkachuk notched BU’s third goal of the period. Kasper Kotkansal had clanked a shot off the post and Tkachuk was able to poke the rebound in, with the goal standing after review.
The Terriers would add three more goals in the final frame, with Bobo Carpenter, Bowers and Logan Cockerill – on the power-play – finding the net.
McGovern (1-4-0) finished with 25 saves while Stephen Mundinger made three in relief in his first appearance of the season. Jake Oettinger (5-6-1) made 30 saves for the shutout.
The Black Bears will now head to Belfast, Northern Ireland to compete in the 2017 Northern Irish Connections Friendship Four Tournament. Maine and Providence will meet in a Hockey East battle on Nov. 24 with the winner advancing to take on either RPI or Clarkson of ECAC Hockey the following night for a chance to win the 2017 Belpot Trophy.