ORONO, Maine-- Simon Danis-Pepin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec) scored a power play goal at 9:54 of the third period to tie the game as Maine and Boston College skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday night at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. Maine moves to 8-10-3 on the season and 4-7-3 in Hockey East play, while Boston College sees it record move to 11-5-7 overall and 7-3-6 in conference play.
Maine opened the scoring 8:36 into the contest when Rob Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) scored a power play goal. Bret Tyler (Maynard, Mass.) who had an outstanding game for the Black Bears, found Andrew Sweetland (Bonavista, Newfoundland). Sweetland fed Bellamy to the right of goalie John Muse and he stuffed the puck home for his fourth goal of the season.
Boston College tied the game just under eight minutes later. Matt Price and Pat Gannon teamed up to find Matt Greene who was to the right of Maine goalie Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo.) Greene beat Bishop to knot the game at 1-1.
Tyler gave the Black Bears a 2-1 lead just 13 seconds into the second period. From center ice, Tyler shot the puck on net into the BC zone. Muse was unable to handle the puck which found the back of the net. Travis Ramsey (Lakewood, Calif.) and Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) each assisted on the goal by the Tyler, which was his team-leading sixth of the season.
The Eagles, again, would tie the game, this time 1:30 later. Matt Price tied the game at 2-2 with his second goal of the season. Boston College took a 3-2 lead at 8:39 of the second period with a power play goal by Dan Bertram from Joe Whitney and Ben Smith. The power play goal broke a sting of 34 straight penalty kills by the Black Bears, dating back to Nov. 25.
Leading 3-2, Boston College had a great chance to add to their lead when Greene had a breakaway at 8:33 of the third period, but Maine goalie Ben Bishop came up big for the Black Bears.
Maine tied the game when Danis-Pepin had his power play shot go over the shoulder of Muse. Tyler and Bellamy both assisted on the game-tying goal by the Black Bears.
Maine held a 2-1 advantage in shots in overtime. Maine’s Tanner House had a great chance in overtime, however, it was not to be.
Bishop made 32 saves in goal for the Black Bears. He moves to 8-10-3 on the season. Muse made 17 saves and sees his record go to 11-5-7.
It was the second straight tie for the Black Bears and Eagles, who skated to a 1-1 tie on November 2.
The two teams finish their three-game Hockey East series on Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena in Orono.