CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – No. 20/RV Boston College used a three-goal third period to top the University of Maine men’s hockey team, 6-3, on Friday night at the Conte Forum.
Maine (16-13-4, 10-10-3 HEA) opened the scoring early in the first period and held a 1-0 lead after the first but three goals in the second gave BC (17-3-3, 17-6-0 HEA) a lead it wouldn’t give up.
It didn’t seem like Maine was destined to score early in the first because of two early penalties but 19 seconds after the Black Bears killed off the second, Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi notched his second goal of the season. Mitchell Fossier repossessed the puck in Maine’s zone, carried it up the right wing and delayed to find Tiuraniemi on the far left. The freshman took a few strides and then wristed a shot from the top of the left circle over Jacob Woll’s glove.
It would be the Eagles that got the early goal in the second period, though, with Logan Hutsko cutting in from the right wing and across the crease to slip the puck in the net with just over 90 seconds off the clock. A few minutes later, BC would go up 2-1 after Kevin Lohan was able to get the puck towards goal and knock it off some sticks and into the net.
It was Lohan that would make it a 3-1 lead for the Eagles with 5:35 to play, receiving a centering pass at the hashmarks and firing it into the corner.
The Black Bears looked to answer quickly, and two minutes later got a few good looks in a row but Woll made two pad saves on Maine and then a third save with a nice glove on Nolan Vesey at the right post. Maine continued to generate some opportunities but couldn’t quite connect.
For the second straight period, BC again struck early, with Casey Carreau converting a 2-on-1 opportunity from the left circle with 3:15 off the clock. However, Maine didn’t take long to answer back. After Patrick Holway got into the slot for a shot, Brendan Robbins streaked in for a one-timer that deflected off a BC defender and then off of Emil Westerlund and into the net.
But BC responded with two of their own, to take a 6-2 lead with under 10 to play in the third. Patrick Shea’s tally – off of nice passes from Nolan Vesey and Tim Doherty – pulled Maine within three late in the period but it wasn’t enough for the Black Bears.
Jeremy Swayman finished with 29 saves for Maine while Woll had 32. The teams each ended with 35 shots on goal.
Maine and BC will play their respective final regular season game of the season tomorrow night, with a 7 p.m. puck drop scheduled at the Conte Forum.