No. 7 Boston University took advantage of the University of Maine’s 15.9 penalty minutes per game as Terriers junior defenseman Garrett Noonan scored a power-play goal 7:13 into the first period — the only goal of the game in BU’s win Saturday night in Beantown. BU freshman goaltender Sean Maguire stopped all 28 UMaine shots while Black Bear junior goaltender Martin Ouellette saved 20 of 21 Terrier shots.
UMaine sent four players to the penalty box in the first period, but the one that provided the opportunity for the Noonan goal was UMaine senior defenseman Mark Nemec’s hooking penalty, 6:47 into the first period. Nemec went on to commit three of the Black Bears’ eight penalties on the night, with the other two both coming at 8:29 to play in the second period with slashing and hitting after the whistle.
Already having an abysmal season on the power play, UMaine went 0-for-4 while playing with a one-man advantage.
The Terriers took advantage of an excellent opportunity in the second period to extend their lead when sophomore forward Cason Hohmann had an open breakaway, but referees determined that Hohmann was interfered with on his way to the net. The referees awarded Hohmann a penalty shot, but Ouellette made the save to keep the score at 1-0.
The Black Bears’ last chance to tie the game came in the third period. BU senior forward Ben Rosen was handed a 5-minute major for boarding with just over 5 minutes remaining in the third period. UMaine was still unable to score with a five-on-four advantage.
The Black Bears took Ouellette out of the goal for the last minute in a last-ditch effort to score, but it was to no avail, as UMaine fell to the Terriers 1-0.
With the shutout, Maguire extends his shutout streak to 131:19. Maguire started the streak during home win against St. Lawrence University on Nov. 24.
BU improves to 10-5-0 on the year and will play next at the University of Denver Dec. 29 for the United States College Hockey Hall of Fame Game.
Falling to 2-11-2 after this loss, the Black Bears will take the next three weeks off before heading to Estero, Fla. for the Florida College Classic. UMaine will face off against the 3-6-3 University of Minnesota-Duluth on Dec. 28. The Bulldogs eliminated UMaine in the first round of the NCAA national tournament one year ago. On Dec. 29 the Black Bears will face either last year’s national champion runner-up, Ferris State University, or Cornell University.
UMaine returns home to the Alfond Arena to face Mercyhurst University in a weekend series, Jan. 4 and 5. The Jan. 4 contest will be played at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, at 7:07 p.m. The Jan. 5 game will be in the Alfond Arena and is scheduled for the same start time.