By Sam Dykstra/DFP Staff
ORONO, Maine — The toughest five-game stretch of the season for the No. 16 Boston University men’s hockey team didn’t exactly go as planned as the Terriers lost a pair of failed comebacks to No. 14 Merrimack College and No. 2 Boston College.
Despite carrying momentum from two straight road wins over No. 7/8 University of New Hampshire and No. 11/12 University of Maine, it appeared that BU’s (12-7-7, 9-5-5 Hockey East) fifth game of that stretch – their second in as many nights against the Black Bears (11-7-6, 8-5-4 HE) at Alfond Arena – would be just as frustrating as the first two. Instead, the Terriers came away with a 1-1 tie and a valuable conference point.
Maine got on the board just 21 seconds into Saturday’s game on a shot through traffic by defenseman Will O’Neill from the left point. To make matters worse, the Black Bears outshot BU by an astounding 20-2 margin in the game’s first frame. The only thing keeping the game from being decidedly in the home team’s favor was a breakaway goal by BU senior captain Joe Pereira seven minutes after O’Neill’s tally.