Maine Hockey Journal

Maine earns a draw against Boston College

Orono, ME — In a reversal of roles from only a night ago, the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Boston College Eagles, but could only come away with a 3-3 tie in front of 4,709 at Alfond Arena on Saturday night.

After building a 2-0 lead in the first period, Maine found themselves down a goal in the third period until Robby Dee tied the game with 13:12 to play in the game, sending the game to an extended session.

“(Overtime) was intense because it was a hard fought game,” Maine Head Coach Tim Whitehead said. Neither team wanted to make a mistake to cost their team the game.”

Maine is now 4-7-1 (3-4-1 in Hockey East) and Boston College is 5-3-2 (4-3-2 Hockey East) on the season.

Dee saw his first opportunity ring off the post, but seconds later he collected a rebound which was caused by Gustav Nyquist’s initial shot and put it home.

“It was great effort by Tanner (House) and one-time it and Gustav (Nyquist) to throw it on net,” Robby Dee said. “I happened to be there and smacked it in.”

With a 2-1 lead, Maine had a five minute lapse in third period where they let the Eagles back into the contest.

“We fell asleep for five minutes, but other then that, I thought we played a complete game,” Whitehead added.

Boston College put pressure on the forecheck late in the second period.

As a result, Maine couldn’t get out of their zone; Ben Smith created a turnover and fed it to Pat Mullane, who recorded his second goal of the weekend with 1:30 to go in the middle frame, as Boston College cut the Black Bears lead, 2-1.

“We fell asleep for five-to-seven minutes and it cost us the win,” said sophomore Gustav Nyquist on the team’s performance in the second.

Boston College tied the game at 2-2 when Carl Sneep teed off a slap shot from the top of the point at 2:11 of the third period.

Ben Smith continued his dominance as he notched his eighth goal of the season a little over two minutes later when he blasted the puck from the right face-off dot.

The top line (Tanner House-Gustav Nyquist-Spencer Abbott) for Maine spotted the two goal lead for the Black Bears.

House gave Maine their first lead of the weekend when he picked up the loose puck in the crease and put it past Eagle goalie John Muse at 7:20 of the second period.

Gustav Nyquist showed off his individual skill as he deked around Boston College defenseman Philip Samuelsson in the neutral zone, letting a snap shot go from inside the left circle, beating Muse as Maine held a 2-0 lead midway into the second period.

“Nyquist is a special player,” said Boston Head Coach Jerry York said. “He’s someone who you have to be conscious of all the time on the ice. He was a good freshman I thought last year and he’s making that big step to becoming an impact player.”

Scott Darling now is 4-3-1 on the season, making 28 saves, while John Muse turned aside 26 shots.

Maine went 1-for-9 on the powerplay, while Boston College was 1-for-5.

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