BOSTON - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team completed an impressive weekend sweep of #3 Boston College on Saturday night with a 3-1 win over the Eagles. Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) scored a pair of goals in the win for the Black Bears, while Martin Ouellette (St-Hippolyte, Quebec) made 24 saves.
The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead at 18:43 of the first period. A Boston College defender rimmed the puck behind the Maine goal and Will Merchant (Eagan, Minn.) was able to gain control. He skated the puck up the length of the ice before passing to Swavely near the faceoff circle. Swavely fired a shot past Boston College goalie Brian Billett. For Swavely, it was his first goal of the season.
The teams skated through a scoreless second period. Maine outshot the Eagles 10-7 in the frame.
Maine extended its lead to 2-0 at 2:48 of the third period. Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) picked up the puck in the offensive zone and found Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) in the neutral zone. Shore skated in and fired a shot on Billett, who made the initial save. Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) tailed the play and fired the puck past Billett, who was out of position after making the initial save. For Leen, it was his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Swavely extended Maine's lead to 3-0 late in the third period. Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) found Merchant who had the initial shot. Billett made the save on Merchant, but Jon Swavely collected the rebound and fired it into the net for his second goal of the game.
BC got on the board at 19:51 of the third period with a goal by Patrick Brown.
Maine outshot Boston College 29-25 in the game. The Black Bears were 0-for-6 on the power play, while Boston College was scoreless in three chances.
Maine improves to 7-14-4 on the season and 3-9-4 in Hockey East play. Boston College falls to 14-7-2 overall, 11-6-1 in conference play.
Ouellette made 24 saves in goal for the Black Bears and improves to 5-7-4 on the season. Billett made 26 saves for Boston College and falls to 0-1-0.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, Feb. 1 when they host Providence. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.