Saturday November 05, 2011 | 07:39 AM

University of Maine hockey coach Tim Whitehead was surrounded by reporters after the Black Bears' 5-1 loss to Boston College.

"We're in Boston," Whitehead said of the attention.

Part of the attention is because BC is the No. 1 team in the country and naturally attracts attention. Maine hoped to make a little noise Friday, but went out quietly.

"Disappointed, obviously," Whitehead. "We didn't get out of the gate obvious. BC was clearly the better team in all facets.

"Their top guys out-played our top guys. (But) in all three positions, they out-played us.

"No excuses. We had an opportunity to come in here and knock off the No. 1 team in the country. And we didn't do it."

Any positives?

"I thought our freshmen line (Connor Leen, Stu Higgins, John Parker) was very strong, perhaps our best line. I thought Martin (Ouellette) came off the bench and played quite well (seven saves on eight shots). Made some big stops."

Tonight in New Hampshire, Maine will likely feature some changes in the lineup. The Black Bears always bring extra players on the road trip. "They came for a reason," Whitehead said.

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