Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Maine has lost to or tied good hockey teams all year, until Friday, when the Black Bears beat Boston College 4-3 in overtime at a rocking Alfond Arena.
It was a good night for Maine's depth. None of the Maine goals were scored by Spencer Abbott, Brian Flynn or Joey Diamond. All season, the Black Bears have relied on Maine's top line.
But Friday's goals came from Adam Shemansky (two, including one on a power play that was assisted by Flynn and Diamond), Kyle Beattie and the game-winner from Matt Mangene.
"If you said our top line wasn't going to score and we were going to win, I'd say 'really?' " Maine coach Tim Whitehead.
All Shemansky could say was, "It's about time."
Goalie Dan Sullivan made 33 saves, including 16 in the second period when BC had three power plays. It may have been Sullivan's best performance as he stopped several point-blank and solid chances.
BC goalie Chris Venti made 29 saves. He looked good, except for Maine's first goal, when he was not ready for Shemansky's wrister from the boards.
Eagles coach Jerry York said he does not know who will be in goal Saturday. It might be freshman Brian Billett from Brunswick.
Billett is one of several players who once wore the uniform of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.
Eight former Junior Monarchs played in Friday's game - BC's Brian Dumoulin of Biddeford and seven Maine players - Jake Rutt of Scarborough, Flynn, Mangene, Shemansky, Beattie, Mike Cornell and Mark Nemec.
In other Hockey East games, BU beat Providence 6-1, UMass topped Vermont 4-3, New Hampshire upset Merrimack 2-1 and UMass-Lowell shutout Northeastern 4-0.
Maine remains in fourth place with 18 points, two ahead of UMass-Lowell (but having played four more games than the River Hawks).