MAINE TOPPLES BOSTON COLLEGE, 4-1
Freshman forward Ryan Lomberg scores game-winner for Black Bears
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Maine scored the first three goals of the game and added an empty netter to seal a 4-1 victory and earn its first road win over host and third-ranked Boston College since October 2005 in front of 6,927 fans at Kelley Rink.
The visiting Black Bears scored twice in the first period as well as the lone second-period tally before BC senior forward Steven Whitney trimmed the Eagles' deficit to two goals - at 3-1 - at 13:06 of the final frame.
Maine senior Kyle Beattie scored the empty-net goal for the 4-1 final, snapping a nine-game BC home unbeaten streak against Maine.
Joey Diamond opened the scoring at 3:11 of the first period, taking advantage of a turnover behind the Eagles' net and lifting a wrist shot over BC goaltender Parker Milner from just inside the red line.
Ryan Lomberg doubled the lead with 20.8 seconds left in the opening stanza, skating around an outstretched Milner and sneaking a puck into the back of the net just past the goaltender's glove.
Will Merchant widened the lead to 3-0 with a shot that beat Milner nearside at 8:05 of the second period.
Whitney notched the only goal of the night for the Eagles at 13:06 of the final frame with a power-play tally from the middle of the circle that found the top of the net.
Boston College was 1-5 on the power play while Maine went 0-3 on the man-advantage.
Maine goaltender Martin Ouellette recorded 34 saves. He improves to 4-7-4.
Milner stopped 27 shots in 59:01 and falls to 14-6-2 in defeat.
The teams will conclude the two-game weekend series on Saturday, January 26 at Kelley Rink at 7 p.m.
Team Records: Maine 6-14-4, 2-9-4- Hockey East; Boston College 14-6-2, 11-5-1 HEA