ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team recorded its biggest victory of the season with a 4-1 win over third-ranked Boston College on Friday night at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Black Bear netminder Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) stole the show as he made a career-high 34 saves in the victory.
Maine took a 1-0 lead just 3:11 into the first period. Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) gained control of a BC turnover in the offensive zone. He skated around the net and beat Boston College goalie Parker Milner for his sixth goal of the season. The goal tied him with Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) for the team lead. It was the 90th point of Diamond's career and 51st goal.
Maine extended its lead to 2-0 at 19:40 of the first period. Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) gained control of the puck behind the net and fired it to Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) just inside the blueline. Norman's shot was saved by Milner, but the rebound went right to Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario), who was just outside the crease. For Lomberg, it was his fourth goal of the season.
Will Merchant (Eagan, Minn.) extended the Maine lead to 3-0 at 8:05 of the second period. Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) battled with the BC defense behind the net and was able to put a shot on goal. Merchant collected the rebound and fired it past Milner for his second goal of the season. Both of his career goals have come against Boston College.
BC got on the board with a power play goal at 13:06 of the third period when Steven Whitney scored a power play goal from the right faceoff circle that went just below the crossbar. Kevin Hayes and Pat Mullane each assisted on the goal.
Maine iced the game with an empty-net goal by Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) at 19:11.
BC outshot Maine 35-31 in the game. Maine was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Boston College finished 1-for-5.
Ouellette was outstanding, making 34 saves. He improves to 4-7-4 on the season.
Milner made 27 save for Boston College and falls to 14-6-2.Maine improves to 6-14-4 on the season and 2-9-4 in Hockey East play. Boston College falls to 14-5-2 on the season and 11-5-1 in conference play.
Maine and Boston College complete their Hockey East weekend series on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Conte Forum. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.