Maine Hockey Journal

Maine Falls to BU 7-4

BOSTON, Mass. — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team saw its four-game unbeaten streak snapped when it fell to Boston University 7-4 on Friday night at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. The Black Bears got goals from Joey Diamond (Long Beach,N.Y.), David deKastrozza (Toms River, N.J.), Jeff Dimmen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Robby Dee (Plymouth, Minn.) in the game. Maine falls to 14-10-3 on the season and 11-7-2 in Hockey East play. Boston University improves to 12-12-3 on the season and 9-9-2 in conference play.

Boston University struck first with a goal just 1:18 into the first period. Joe Pereira carried the puck into the zone on a two-on-one breakaway. He then slid the puck to Ross Gaudet, who beat Maine goalie Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.) after he hadcommitted to Pereira. Sean Escobedo also picked up an assist on the goal.

Gaudet gave the Terriers a 2-0 lead at 4:33 of the second period when the shot the puck at the goal from along the boards near the goal line. The puck went through Darling’s legs and then ricocheted off the post and into the back of the net.

Maine cut the Boston University deficit to 2-1 at 11:28 of the second period. Theo Andersson (Gothenburg, Sweden) got the puck to Kevin Swallow (Stanwood, Mich.) who had an initial shot on Boston University goalie Kieran Millan. Millan stopped the shot, but the rebound went right to Joey Diamond who was on the left post. He shot the puck into the open net for his sixth goal of the season.

The Black Bears tied the game at 2-2 at 13:45 of the second period. Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ontario) began the play with a shot from the blueline. Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) got a stick on it, before David deKastrozza (Toms River, N.J.) was able to shoot it into the goal on a scramble in the crease. For deKastrozza, it was his fifth goal of the season.

The Terriers regained the lead at 16:03. Vinny Saponari had the initial shot that Darling saved, but he was able to gain control of his own rebound and roof the puck over Darling, Boston University extended its lead to two goals at 18:39 when Nick Bonino carried the puck down the left wing and beat Darling with a quick shot. Pereira and Max Nicastro each assisted on the goal by Bonino.

Jeff Dimmen pulled Maine to within one goal when he intercepted a Boston University break out pass and back-handed the puck past Millan. For Dimmen, it was his sixth goal of the season.

Boston University came right back to regain the two goal lead. Alex Chiasson had a shot that Maine goalie Shawn Sirman (Blezard Valley, Ontario) saved, but the rebound went right to Zach Cohen who beat Sirman. Kevin Shattenkirk also assisted on the play. The Terriers added to their lead just 23 seconds later when Colby Cohen beat Sirman on a shot from the blueline. Nicastro and Bonino each assisted on the goal.

Robby Dee notched a goal in his fourth straight game when he collected the rebound of a Mike Cornell (Franklin, Mass.) shot and fired the puck past Millan. Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario) also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.

Darling made 18 saves in 49:01 minutes of play for the Black Bears. Shawn Sirman played 10:59 and made four saves while allowing three goals. He picks up the loss and falls to 0-5-0 on the season.

Kieran Millan made 18 saves in 55:34. He improves to 10-11-0 on the season. Adam Kraus played the final 4:26 for the Terriers and made four saves.

Boston University finished the game with a 29-26 edge in shots. Maine was 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Terriers were 1-for-4.

The two teams conclude their two game weekend series on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Agganis Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.

Courtesy of the University of Maine

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