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GOAL BY GOAL: BC Men’s Hockey Closes Regular Season With 2-1 Win Over Maine

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On to the playoffs

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It wasn’t as much of a thriller as Friday night’s game against the Black Bears, but it’s a win nonetheless.

Boston College Men’s Hockey rode a strong start to a 2-1 win over the Maine Black Bears on senior night, finishing the regular season on a high note and sending the Eagles into the postseason with a bit of momentum.

Boston College Goal #1: 11:50 of the 1st period
David Cotton (JD Dudek, Kevin Lohan)

BC 1, UMO 0

It was a good start for BC, and a nice individual effort from David Cotton rewarded the Eagles with an early goal. Cotton spins around a Maine forechecker behind the net before cutting back out front. He’s got enough room to get to the forehand, and he banks the puck in off Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman for the early 1-0 lead for BC.

Boston College Goal #2 (PPG, GWG): 5:16 of the 2nd period
Christopher Brown (Aapeli Räsänen, Graham McPhee)

BC 2, UMO 0

The Eagles continued to play well into the second period — and the shot count reflected that, as BC outshot Maine 23-14 through two — and a great flurry in front of the net eventually found the back of the net to give the Eagles an insurance goal.

Swayman made a couple nice saves in this sequence, but eventually he gives one rebound too many and the puck pops up into the air. Christopher Brown does his best Big Papi impression, slamming the puck home in mid-air with a baseball swing, putting BC up 2-0. The goal was reviewed for high sticking, but Brown certainly had his stick below the crossbar, making it a quick review and goal confirmation for the Eagles.

Maine Goal #1 (PPG): 18:46 of the 2nd period
Rob Michel (Mitchell Fossier, Brady Keeper)

BC 2, UMO 1 — FINAL

Maine did pull back to within one on a power play late in the 2nd period. The Black Bears come into the offensive zone to reset after the Eagles got a clear, and they turned it into a bit of a mini rush. BC has Maine’s Rob Michel unmarked across the blue line, giving him way, way too much room to work with.

He receives the pass from Fossier and doesn’t fool around with it, skating in and firing a shot home through Joe Woll to make it 2-1.

Fortunately for the Eagles, that was it for the scoring, although Maine definitely made it interesting in the third period. Graham McPhee took a 5 minute major for cross checking with just 36 seconds left in regulation, which meant it was extra important for the Eagles to hold off Maine for the final seconds as a tying goal would leave Maine with a power play with a chance to win for almost the entire overtime period.

But the Eagles did well, getting an icing from Maine and clearing the puck back down on their own to seal the win.

Things are getting pretty interesting in the Pairwise. For a while it looked like BC’s only shot at getting into the NCAA tournament was to win Hockey East, but now it’s looking like a deep run without winning the whole thing might just be enough. The win over Maine put BC at 16th in the Pairwise — right on the bubble — heading into the conference tournaments.

Still a few weekends of hockey left to be played before we can worry too much about that, but in the meantime BC will get the week off as Hockey East has its octofinals weekend next week. As one of the top seeds, the Eagles will get a bye into the quarterfinals, and will get the lowest remaining seed as a reward for winning the regular season title and claiming the #1 overall seed.