After being held to just two goals last weekend while dropping two games at home to Northeastern University, the University of Maine men’s hockey team scored a season-high seven goals to beat Boston College 7-2 on Wednesday night at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
It was the first time this season the Black Bears had scored more than four goals in a game and the most they have scored since they beat Quinnipiac 7-4 on Dec. 8, 2017.
The outburst came at the expense of junior goalie Ryan Edquist, who was playing in place of starter Joseph Woll. Woll was 5-0 in his career vs. UMaine.
UMaine received goals from seven different players in improving to 8-11-2 overall, 4-5-2 in Hockey East.
It was Boston College’s fifth loss in its last six games and the Eagles fell to 7-11-2 overall, 7-3-2 in Hockey East.
The Black Bears snapped a seven-game losing streak at the hands of the Eagles.
UMaine scored six unanswered goals in the second and third periods to build a 7-1 lead.
UMaine’s Emil Westerlund and BC’s David Cotton swapped first-period goals before junior center Tim Doherty’s goal at the 4:57 mark of the second period gave UMaine the lead for good.
Freshman Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup and sophomore Eduards Tralmaks tallied unassisted goals just 1:39 apart late in the second period to expand the lead to 4-1.
Daniel Perez, Jack Quinlivan and Patrick Shea scored third-period goals before BC’s Jack McBain capped the scoring with 2:21 remaining.
Jeremy Swayman made 34 saves for UMaine wild Edquist finished with 33 before being replaced by Ian Milsoz, who made two over the final 6:09. Edquist allowed all seven goals.
“After a performance we weren’t pleased with over the weekend against Northeastern, the team responded very well tonight,” UMaine head coach Red Gendron said. “The bottom line was the team played really well, virtually to a man.
“We came out with a good response after last weekend. We played our game and we stayed together,” Doherty said. “When we play a game like that, without any passengers, we’re going to come out on top.”
Doherty said he was the recipient of a nice bounce on his goal.
“Keith Muehlbauer dumped it in and it hit the referee’s skate and popped out to me. There were some BC players heading up the ice and I don’t think they saw it bounce like that to me. The middle of the ice was pretty open so I took it in and saw an opening blocker-side,” said Doherty, whose goal was his seventh of the season.
Schmidt-Svejstrup scored at the 15:56 mark of the middle period, snapping a streak of 11 games without a goal.
He cut in to pick up a loose puck at the BC blue line and broke in alone before roofing the puck past Edquist. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Tralmaks scored a similar type of goa 1:39 later for his fifth of the season.
Perez made it 5-1 6:36 into the third period but flipping home a Quinlivan rebound.
Quinlivan notched his second of the year at the 10:34 mark and Shea’s fourth came 3:17 later.
Westerlund’s goal was his third at the 12:40 mark of the first period before Cotton collected his 13th on the power play.
McBain scored his third.
“To have seven different goal scorers was awesome,” Doherty said. “And I couldn’t be happier than to see Quinlivan and Danny (Perez) score. They don’t have an easy role and it’s nice to see them rewarded. It was a complete team win.”
Shea, Perez, Quinlivan and Doherty all had a goal and an assist for UMaine.
The Black Bears will host arch-rival New Hampshire on Martin Luther King Day at 2 p.m. Monday at the Alfond Arena.
BC hosts Providence College on Saturday night.