No.1 Boston College emphatically ended their five-game losing streak with a dominant victory against the University of Maine's men's hockey team, who returned to Chestnut Hill for the first time in nearly a month due to COVID-19.
A disappointing season 2-7-1 for the Black Bears only got worse this weekend as BC pulled away late to win 4-2 on Friday night and thoroughly dominated in a 3-0 victory on Saturday night.
Maine was rather rusty on Friday – as one would expect them to after not playing for almost a month – but the nation’s top team looked inexplicably undisciplined in a scoreless first period that consisted of several penalties. The sloppiness didn’t last for long though, and BC got on the board early in the second with an acrobatic backhanded strike from Matt Boldy.
Just over a minute later, Maine tied things up on an easy rebound in front of the goal, but BC retook the lead about midway through the period when Marc McLaughlin tapped in a rebound while being smothered by two Maine defenders.
The second period ended with BC up 2-1 after Spencer Knight made a few excellent saves to maintain the lead.
The Black Bears knotted the score again just over eight minutes into the final period on a 5-on-3 power play, but BC responded a few minutes later with a power play of their own to go up 3-2. McLaughlin teed Alex Newhook up at the top of the left circle for a laser that beat Maine’s goaltender off the bottom of the crossbar.
Matt Boldy finally iced the game at 4-2 in the final minute of play when he casually launched the puck from BC’s zone into an empty net.
The second game of the series started out scoreless again for the first period despite 23 shots from BC. It took over 13 minutes in the second period for the Eagles finally to break the deadlock when Patrick Giles rifled home the puck after a long scramble in front of the net.
After another long stretch of peppering Maine’s goaltender with shot after shot but no goals to show for them, BC killed off the game with two goals just 33 seconds apart midway through the final period. McLaughlin had all the time in the world from behind the net on a power play to pick out Alex Newhook who dove towards goal and blasted in an unsavable shot.
Colby Ambrosio then added the third and final goal of the night when he collected a loose puck in a scramble in front of the net and wrapped it around the outstretched leg of a Maine defender.
The weekend sweep extended BC’s lead over BU in the Hockey East standings and puts their record at 15-3-1 overall on the season. The Eagles will find out who their next opponent is on Tuesday when Hockey East announces the conference’s schedule.
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