ORONO - Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) notched two goals and added an assist as the University of Maine men's ice hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with #13 Boston University in front of a national audience on NBCSN Friday night. Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist, while Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) chipped in with a pair of assists.
Boston University opened the scoring at 8:48 of the first period when Evan Rodrigues stole the puck in the offensive zone and passed to Matt Nieto just outside the crease. He redirected the puck past Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) for his eighth goal of the season. The Terriers added to their lead just 10 seconds later. Cason Hohmann stole the puck from a Maine defender and passed to Wade Megan in front of the goal. He deflected the puck past Ouellette for his 14th goal of the season.
Maine pulled to within one goal late in the opening period. On the power play, Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) fired the puck towards the net. Ryan Lomberg (Prescott, Ontario) had the initial shot, but BU goalie Matt O'Connor was able to make the save. The rebound came to Steven Swavely who shot it into the net.
Early in the second period on the power play, Devin Shore carried the puck towards the net, but was not able to get a shot off, before a BU player tipped the puck off his stick. Swavely was able to get a stick on the puck and fired it past O'Connor for his second goal of the game and third of the season. Diamond also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.
Maine took a 3-2 lead at 5:27 of the second period with its third power play goal of the game. Shore found Diamond with the puck and he carried it into the slot before shooting a wrist shot past O'Connor. For Diamond, it was his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Steven Swavely picked up an assist on the goal as well.
BU tied the game on the power play at 8:02 of the third period. Matt Nieto passed to Ahti Oksanen on the blueline. His shot through traffic beat Ouellette. Rodrigues also assisted on the goal.
It appeared that Maine had regained the lead on the power play with just over five minutes to play in regulation, but after a review of the goal, it was disallowed due to interference with the goaltender.
Both teams had three shots in regulation, but neither team was able to score the game-winner.
Maine outshot BU 36-26 in the game. The Black Bears were 3-for-8 on the power play. It was the first time this season that Maine scored three power play goals in a game. BU finished 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
Maine goalie Ouellette made 23 save in goal. He moves to 6-8-6 on the season. O'Connor stopped 33 shots for Boston University and sees his record move to 7-7-2.
Maine is 8-15-6 on the season and 4-10-6 in Hockey East play. Boston University moves to 13-12-2 overall, 10-7-2 in conference action.
The two teams finish their two-game Hockey East series on Saturday, Feb. 16. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM from Alfond Arena.