Maine Hockey Journal

Black Bears clawed down by Boston College

Orono, ME – The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team fell just short of a comeback victory against the nationally ranked Boston College Eagles, losing 4-3, in front of 4,488 at Alfond Arena on Friday night.

Maine, who dropped to 4-7-0 (3-4-0 in Hockey East) on the season, where looking to get back into the win column after a 5-2 loss to Northeastern last weekend, but found themselves down, 2-0, after 40 minutes of play.

Maine stormed back in the first 2:32 of the final period, scoring two goals to tie the game at 2-2.

“The third period turned into a different game,” Maine Head Coach Tim Whitehead said. “More pucks were going in left and right, off deflections and you name it. It was three games in one. Each period seemed to bring something different.

Gustav Nyquist gave a jolt to his teammates and the crowd only 18 seconds into the third period when he threw the puck on net below the left circle, beating Eagles’ goalie Parker Milner, who left a gap between himself and the net.

“I made a save with my right pad and it went into the corner,” said Milner. “I left a hole open and (Nyquist) fired it on net. It’s not a goal you want to give up.”

Just over two minutes later, another freshman stepped up for the Black Bears as Joey Diamond came down the right side, skated around defenseman, and Biddeford native, Brian Dumoulin to tie the contest at 2-2.

“We were able to seize the momentum on a couple different occasions and we ignite the crowd too,” said Whitehead. “Unfortunately they got one too many.”

Before the fans could get back into their seats, Cam Atkinson notched his third goal of the season to give Boston College a 3-2 lead only eight seconds after Maine tied the game at 2:40 of the third period.

Matt Price scored the eventual game winning goal at 9:02 of the third period as swiping at the puck as Maine goalie Scott Darling was trying to cover up the puck when it got behind him.

Diamond gave a Maine a fighting chance with 7:20 remaining in the game as he went top shelf, scoring his second goal of the night as he snapped it from the left circle, pulling Maine within a goal at 4-3.

“Fortunately I was able to put in two (goals), but it really doesn’t matter when you don’t win,” Diamond said.

Maine had their opportunities to take control of the first period, but couldn’t capitalize on this chances. including three power play chances, in which two were extended five-on-three power plays.

“I thought we came out good,” Whitehead stated. “Unfortunately we didn’t capitalize on the powerplay – that pretty much cost us the game. If we at least gotten one of that, it would have been a different game.”

Scott Darling falls to 4-3-0 as he stopped 31 shots in the loss. Parker Milner made 23 saves for second career win. Maine went 0-for-6 on the power play and Boston College was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

NOTES: Brian Dumoulin recorded an assist in his first collegiate game in Maine on Boston College’s first goal of the game. Dumoulin, a Biddeford native, played high school hockey with Biddeford High School, leading them to a back-to-back Class A Boys’ State Championship. He was drafted last June by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft.

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