via Ryan Scott
The Eagles couldn't overcome another poor start as they dropped a tough 4-1 decision to the Black Bears.
That was about as ugly as it gets. Boston College quickly fell behind Maine in this one and just couldn't recover.
Let's start at the beginning.
Maine got on the board right off the bat just three minutes into the game when Joey Diamond was able to just push one over the goal line for the 1-0 lead. BC could get nothing whatsoever going in the period and Maine's Ryan Lomberg stuck what certainly felt like an early dagger into the back of the Eagles with a goal with just 20 seconds remaining to send the teams to the locker room with Maine carrying a 2-0 lead.
BC never really did "give up" in the game but it just felt like they couldn't get any kind of momentum going. The Eagles hammered home twenty shots in the 2nd period, but once again it was Maine putting in the only tally of the period. It was 3-0 heading into the 2nd period.
The third period featured more BC pressure but it took a Steve Whitney power play goal to finally put the Eagles on the board -- but much too late. A goal early in the period might have been enough of a spark to get the comeback going, but with only 7 minutes left in the game... not so much.
Maine iced it with an empty netter and that was that. 4-1, final.
BC looked lost at times in this game but there were certainly a ton of chances. John Gaudreau may not have found the scoresheet, but the kid did absolutely everything but put the puck in the net. He was everywhere. A breakaway here, a nice feed there, crashing the net on a rebound, it was a total wonder he didn't score.
But it was really one of those nights. The Eagles outshot an opponent, finally, 35-31, but just nothing would hit twine. No, we didn't look great, but burying just one or two of those bounces and we have a totally different hockey game. Hockey's funny that way.
So now we're left trying to salvage another weekend where we can't sweep. Lest anyone panic, BC is *still* sitting as one of the four number 1 seeds for the national tournament. Just about every top team in the Pairwise had a big hiccup last night.
#1 Quinnipiac beat UConn 2-1 on Tuesday, which, let's be real here, is basically a loss
#2 Minnesota lost to Minnesota State
#3 UNH lost to Merrimack
#4 BC lost to Maine
#5 North Dakota lost to St. Cloud
Even Yale needed overtime to take down Cornell.
The result is that somehow, after losing to the worst team BC will face all season, the Eagles are sitting in a better position in the Pairwise than they were at the start of the weekend. UNH has fallen out of a #1 seed, BC sits in a tie with Yale for 3rd in the Pairwise, and chaos rules atop the rankings.
BC attempts to salvage its weekend tonight at 7pm against these same Black Bears.