Boston College played an excellent hockey game last night but fate dealt them a 3-2 overtime loss for the second consecutive night.
BC goaltender Spencer Knight lost his stick and Maine fired in a goal to tie the game 1-1 in the first period. It appeared that Knight was bumped accidentally which forced his stick out of his hands. BC tried to slide his stick back to him, but Maine capitalized before Knight could regain control.
Julius Mattila scored his 7th goal of the season to give BC a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a beautiful pass from Logan Hutsko.
BC was unable to convert on 7 of their 8 man-advantage opportunities, despite moving the puck well and firing plenty of shots. BC registered a 38 to 25 shot advantage on the night. Maine has a good goaltender-Bruin’s draft pick Jeremy Swayman, and he proved to be the difference.
Maine quickly tied it on a powerplay goal against a defenseless Spencer Knight. Mitchell Fossier’s second-period tally made the score 2-1 Maine. BC fought back to tie the game at 2-2 when Graham McPhee unleashed a fast-rising wrist shot that beat Maine goalie Swayman with 10 minutes remaining.
The game looked like it might end in a 2-2 tie as overtime neared completion, but Maine forward Patrick Shea was allowed to slap Jesper Mattilla’s stick out of his hands and Shea capitalized by shoveling home the winning goal. The uncalled penalty and game highlights can be seen at this link.
Jerry York was pleased with his team’s play and foresees very positive results forthcoming. UMass Amherst is next up for BC on Friday with BU on deck in the Beanpot opener on February 3rd. There is no rest for the weary and York emphasized that his club is well-positioned to overcome adversity.