Boston College Outshoots Maine 40-25 but Falls in Overtime 4-3

Boston College Outshoots Maine 40-25 but Falls in Overtime 4-3

By Patrick Cadogan

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The first period started slow for both teams, but things began to heat up for the Eagles towards the end of the period. Mike Hardman started the scoring by tallying his 7th goal of the season after firing a rebound past Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman. Shortly after, Maine’s Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup was whistled for a high stick, and BC added another goal ten seconds into the power play when Matt Boldy dished a gorgeous backhand feed to Alex Newhook in front of the net, who put it home for his 9th of the year. The Eagles continued to keep the heat on the Black Bears for the remainder of the period, as Ron Greco and Logan Hutsko both had late chances on breakaways that were turned away by Swayman.

The Black Bears quickly flipped the script by coming out strong in the second period, scoring just 27 seconds in when Tim Doherty slapped a one timer off a feed from Mitchell Fossier to beat Spencer Knight high glove side. Maine continued to swing the momentum in their favor, as Fossier dished his 24th assist of the season on a AJ Drobot goal just four minutes later. Fossier’s assist on the tally was his 24th of the season, good for second in Hockey East. After BC captain David Cotton was called for a slash near the end of the period, Fossier continued his dominant period by tipping the puck past Knight to give Maine their first lead of the game. The goal was reviewed but the call on the ice was confirmed, giving the Black Bears a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.

Hutsko drew a trip early in the third on a speedy drive to the net, but despite some great scoring chances generated by Matt Boldy, BC failed to score on the man advantage. Zach Walker laid out Maine’s Simon Butala about halfway through the period and was called for a five minute major for checking from behind and given a game misconduct. Butala was very slow to get up after the play but fortunately was able to get off the ice with some assistance from the Black Bears trainer. BC gritted out a crucial five minute penalty kill and even had a great opportunity to score, but Jesper Mattila fanned on a one-timer from Newhook. With under two minutes remaining and still trailing by a goal, the Eagles got one last opportunity on the power play when Maine was whistled for a penalty after a scrum in front of Swayman. Knight was pulled from net to create a 6-on-4 for BC, and Hutsko finally delivered after creating some great scoring chances all night, wristing one past Swayman five seconds into the power play.

After forcing overtime, the Eagles were unable to get anything going in the sudden death period. Tim Doherty won it for the Black Bears 2:26 in after finishing a nice pass from Eduards Tramlaks. Despite the tough loss, BC lost no ground in the race for 1st place in the conference, as UMass lost 1-0 to UNH at home, keeping BC only one point behind the top spot in Hockey East. Maine stays in Chestnut Hill for another game against the Eagles on Saturday night, giving Boston College another chance to get a win this weekend,