Boston College-Maine Final Score: On Saturday night at Conte Forum, the #12 Boston College Eagles defeated the Maine Black Bears, 4-1.
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The win marks Boston College’s third in a row and moves them to 7-5-0 (3-3-0) on the season, allowing them to keep pace with the leaders in Hockey East. Maine has fallen to 3-9-1 (2-5-0).
The Eagles also now have back-to-back victories over the Black Bears dating back to last year.
Boston College-Maine Final: Game Synopsis
Boston College and Maine both had opportunities in the first period, but the opening goal of the game came off the stick of a defenseman. Junior Teddy Doherty found the back of the net for the second time this season about half-way through the first, giving Boston College a 1-0 lead.
The contest was light on penalties, with only four being given out in the whole game. It just so happened that on the first, taken by Maine’s Malcolm Hayes for boarding, his Black Bears would score. An Eagles turnover resulted in Maine’s Blaine Byron tying the game at 1-1.
The second period would see Maine take more shots, but it was all Eagles on the scoreboard. Specifically, Destry Straight had a great period, scoring two goals early in the frame to break the tie and push the Eagles ahead, 3-1. Boston College would have a dangerous giveaway or two in the period, but goalie Thatcher Demko stood strong; Maine’s Sean Romeo would return the favor late with some saves after a flurry of activity in front of his crease.
In the final period, Boston College came out strong on offense, and it took less than three minutes for Alex Tuch to pick off a Maine player and go in for an unassisted goal, his fourth of the season. From there, the Eagles would hold the Black Bears in check in a game that by then felt very much under control. Maine got its lone power play with 11:34 to play, but the Eagles made the kill.
Boston College-Maine Final: Goal Chart
Boston College-Maine Final: Bottom Line
While everyone was still licking their wounds from football, Boston College hockey got the job done and put together their first four-point weekend of the season. They are all going to hope there are more where that came from as they get into the latter portions of the year. As for tonight, though a few moments were questionable (especially the shorthanded goal), this was a fine win — forget the fact that Maine is having a terrible season and take the two points.
The Eagles look like they’re starting to wake up, now on a three-game win streak. Next weekend’s home date with Minnesota on Black Friday is going to be a huge game, and a true tell on whether or not Boston College hockey is on the comeback trail.
Boston College-Maine Final: Next Up
The Eagles will host #4 Minnesota on Friday night at Conte Forum.