ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team fell to Boston University 3-1 on Saturday night at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. The teams traded first period goals, but the Terriers added a goal in both the second and third frames to earn the victory. Maine's Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo.) played well in net for the Black Bears, but fell just short in his bid for his 50th career victory.
Boston University jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 9:14 of the first period. In transition during a line change, Terrier Kevin Shattenkirk found Pete MacArthur near center ice. MacArthur fed Bryan McEwing who skated in and beat Bishop with a shot from Bishop's right. For MacArthur, it was his 10th goal of the season.
Maine tied the game less than two minutes later. Travis Ramsey (Lakewood, Calif.) had a shot from the blueline that was blocked. The puck went to Lem Randall (Snow Lake, Manitoba) who had his shot saved by Terrier goalie Brett Bennett. The rebound went right to Keif Orsini (Montreal, Quebec) who beat Bennett for his first career goal.
Boston University took the lead back at 13:58 of the second period when Shattenkirk had his shot from just inside the blueline beat Bishop. MacArthur and Colin Wilson each assisted on the eventual game-winner for the Terriers.
The result of the game remained in doubt until BU was able to add an insurance goal on a fluke play late in the game. A BU forward dumped the puck into the Maine zone. Bishop came out to play the puck, only to see it take a weird bounce off the boards and go right to Chris Wilson who stuffed it home for his fifth goal of the season at 17:30 of the third period.
Maine, 7-10-2 on the season and 3-7-2 in Hockey East play, held Boston University scoreless in five opportunities on the power play. The Black Bears, who have not allowed a power play goal since Nov. 25 against Vermont, have currently killed off 28 straight penalties. Maine was 0-4 on the power play. Boston University improves to 6-10-3 on the season and 5-6-2 in Hockey East play.
Maine's Ben Bishop stopped 27 shots and falls to 7-9-2 on the season. Bennett made 15 saves for the Terriers. He improves to 5-4-2 on the campaign.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 when they face Providence in Providence, R.I. BU next plays at Merrimack on Jan. 18.