THE BIG STORY
|Maine led Boston College
by two goals early in the third period, but Eagles
coach Jerry York told the Black Bears, "Not
so fast, my friends."
Over the last five years, a Maine lead
after two periods has been, for all intents and purposes,
the same as a Maine win. Prior to Sunday’s game
against Boston College, the Black Bears’ record
when holding an edge after 40 minutes of play dating
back to Dec. 30, 2001, was an impressive 109-0-6.
Notice that previous sentence read prior
to Sunday’s game. A furious Boston College rally
over the last 15 minutes of the third period turned
a 3-1 Maine lead into 3-3 deadlock at the end of regulation,
and the Eagles’ Joe Rooney scored with 52 seconds
left in overtime to give BC the win in front of a stunned
sellout crowd at Alfond Arena.
Lost in the late-game collapse was the
efficiency Maine displayed during the game’s first
two periods and change. Michel Leveille scored his 10th
and 11th goals of the season, sandwiching a Mike Hamilton
power-play tally – the second goal, set up by
a terrific feed from Billy Ryan, gave the Black Bears
a 3-1 advantage with 17 minutes left in the third.
But Maine exhaled. Brian Boyle scored
with 13 minutes remaining to halve the lead, and Rooney
waltzed past a trio of flat-footed Black Bears, then
swept the puck past goalie Ben Bishop to tie the game
with just under five minutes left in regulation. The
game-winner was the end result of nifty puck movement
in the Maine zone between Boyle, Rooney, and Benn Ferriero.
Quinnipiac, which ruled the MAAC/Atlantic
Hockey roost for so many years, may ultimately prove
to be a couple years away from challenging for an ECAC
Hockey League championship. But the upstart Bobcats,
in their second season in the ECACHL, certainly look
primed to make such a run now.
Wins against visiting Cornell and Colgate
this weekend propelled Quinnipiac to first place in
the conference. Since opening the season with a pair
of losses at North Dakota, the Bobcats are 7-1-2, a
stretch that includes a 4-1-1 mark against league foes.
The Bobcats have been paced by freshman
forward Brandon Wong. The ECACHL’s leader in points
(16) and goals (10) extended his scoring streak to seven
games with 1-2—3 in the 3-1 win vs. Colgate and
added 1-1—2 in a 5-2 defeat of Cornell. Wong led
the British Columbia Hockey League in scoring last season
with 50 goals and 116 points in 60 games for the Merritt
From the Last Time Dept.:
North Dakota limped back to Grand Forks after getting
swept by Alaska Anchorage – the Seawolves scored
four unanswered goals Friday to turn a 2-2 tie after
one period into a 6-2 win, and broke a 2-all deadlock
Saturday with two third-period goals en route to a 4-2
win. The 10 goals are the most allowed by the Fighting
Sioux in a two-game series since giving up 11 to Minnesota
in a WCHA first-round playoff series March 8-9, 2002.
It’s also the first time North Dakota has been
swept by UAA in Anchorage since Nov. 17-18, 1995, Dean
Blais’s second year as Sioux coach.
From the Goin’ to the ‘Pen
Dept.: For the second time this season, a team
used three goalies in the same game. Bowling Green used
its full complement of netminders in its 9-3 loss to
Ohio State Friday. Starter Jimmy Spratt allowed three
goals on seven shots, then gave way to Ed Neville, who
yielded five goals on 17 shots. Third-stringer Phil
Greer closed the night by allowing a goal on the only
shot he faced. Niagara used three goalies in a 10-1
loss at Nebraska-Omaha last month. OSU's Corey
Elkins was an equal-opportunity sniper. He scored one
goal against each of the three goalies for a seldom-seen,
if ever-seen, hat trick.
Wins this past weekend that'll look good in March
Last year at this time, any win would’ve
looked good for Yale. The Bulldogs entered Thanksgiving
week of 2005 with an 0-6 record, and had allowed a total
of 34 goals in those half-dozen defeats.
Now in year one of the Keith Allain regime,
the Elis roll into turkey time having won six of their
first seven. And it’s not like there are any bunnies
on that list, either – among Yale’s W’s
thus far are defending Atlantic Hockey champion Holy
Cross, a New Hampshire team that later blasted Maine
by six goals in Orono, preseason ECACHL title favorites
Colgate and Dartmouth, and perennial league power Harvard.
The Big Green and Crimson were the Bulldogs’ latest
victims this past weekend.
Yale, which has allowed a total of 16
goals through seven games this season, gets another
chance to add an impressive win to its resume this week
– after a Tuesday skate with Mercyhurst in Erie,
the Bulldogs make the short trip to Boston for a match
with Boston University at Agganis Arena.
IT HAPPENED IN ...
… St. Cloud, Minn.:
The Huskies piled on 11 goals in an impressive non-conference
sweep of Clarkson. In Friday’s 4-0 win, freshman
Jase Weslosky made 24 saves for his first career shutout.
The following night, SCSU outgunned the Golden Knights,
7-2. Andrew Gordon had a goal and four assists for the
Huskies, while Andreas Nodl and Nate Dey added four
… Air Force Academy, Colo.
(Friday): The Falcons’ Andrew Ramsey
scored four goals in Air Force’s 6-1 win against
American International. Eric Ehn added a goal and three
assists for AFA.
… Boston, Mass. (Friday):
Mike Morris scored with three seconds left in regulation
as Northeastern tied Boston College, 3-3, at Mathews
Arena. The Huskies led 2-1 after two periods, but the
Eagles took the lead early in the third on goals by
Brian Boyle and Benn Ferriero.
... Troy, N.Y. (Friday):
Kyle Tyll’s goal 1:24 into the third period gave
Sacred Heart a 5-4 win against host Rensselaer. The
win was the sixth in a row for the Pioneers, who also
got a goal and two assists against from Pierre-Luc O’Brien,
and marked the seventh straight game in which Sacred
Heart scored five or more goals.
… Amherst, Mass. (Saturday):
Three Massachusetts skaters – Chris Capraro, Cory
Quirk, and Chris Davis – scored five points each
and Mike Kostka added four points as the Minutemen routed
… Bemidji, Minn. (Saturday):
Rob Sirianni’s goal with less than a second remaining
in regulation allowed Bemidji State to salvage a 3-3
tie with Niagara. The Beavers and Purple Eagles skated
to a 2-all draw the previous night.
… Durham, N.H. (Saturday):
Brian Foster turned aside all 26 shots he faced to earn
a shutout in his first career start for New Hampshire,
a 4-0 whitewash of UMass Lowell. The Wildcats extended
their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) in the process.
Jerry Pollastrone scored a goal for UNH. One night earlier
in Lowell, Pollastrone had two goals and two assists
in his team’s 5-2 victory.
… Oxford, Ohio (Saturday):
Ryan Jones’ shorthanded goal with 3:16 left in
the third period propelled Miami to a 2-1 win against
Nebraska-Omaha. It was Jones’ 12th career game-winning
goal, putting him atop the school’s career list
in that category.