Jan. 11, 2014
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BOSTON - The Boston University men's ice hockey team was unable to make it 2-for-2 at Frozen Fenway, as the Terriers fell to Maine on Saturday by a score of 7-3 at the home of the Red Sox.
Trailing 5-0 entering the third, BU mounted a comeback attempt with three straight goals by senior Garrett Noonan, freshman Nick Roberto and junior Cason Hohmann.
The Terriers threatened to get within one but instead allowed Maine to seal the victory with a pair of late empty-netters.
Sophomores Ben Hutton, Ryan Lomberg and Devin Shore each scored two goals for the Black Bears while Shore added an assist for a three-point night.
BU falls to 7-10-2 overall and 2-5-1 in Hockey East play while the Black Bears improved to 11-7-2 with a 5-2-1 conference mark.
The Black Bears scored a power-play goal 6:37 into the game and then drew another BU penalty at the 7:25 mark right as lightning struck near Fenway. That forced the teams off the ice and an ensuing thunderstorm caused a 68-minute delay.
Maine came back out after the lengthy delay and quickly scored off the power play that was waiting for them to make it a 2-0 lead.
Not satisfied with the two-goal cushion, the Black Bears added two more within 48 seconds in the 16th minute of play to take a 4-0 advantage into what ended up being a brief first intermission due to the rain delay.
Maine made it a 5-0 affair at the 7:37 mark of the second on Lomberg's second goal of the night.
Noonan got BU on the board with a hard one-timer from the right point with 11:39 left in regulation. Freshmen Dalton MacAfee and Robbie Baillargeon assisted on the play.
Just over five minutes later, Roberto redirected an offering from sophomore Ahti Oksanen past Maine netminder Martin Ouellette.
Hohmann made it a 5-3 contest on an assist from Roberto at 17:41 to keep the comeback hopes alive.
Maine pulled it together down the stretch, however, and sealed the victory to sweep the season series from the Terriers.
Ouellette tuned in a 31-save performance for the Black Bears, who scored on their first three power-play chances and went 3-of-6 with the man advantage.
Sophomore Matt O'Connor stopped 15 of the 19 shots he faced before being replaced by classmate Sean Maguire, who made 17 saves while allowing just one goal.
Sophomore Danny O'Regan assisted on each of BU's final two goals, including Roberto's, which was the Terriers' lone strike on eight power-play chances.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Jan. 17) when they make the drive down Commonwealth Ave. to face archrival Boston College. The game, which will be broadcast on NESN, will start at 7 p.m.