Senior Joe Rooney scores two goals for the Eagles
Senior forward Joe Rooney had two goals and an assist for Boston College.
ORONO, Maine The University of Maine mens ice hockey team lost their second straight game Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena when Boston College scored three unanswered goals for the 4-3 overtime win. Maines Michel Léveillé had two goals and an assist, but Boston College was led by Joe Rooney with two goals, including the game-winner. Ben Bishop had 28 saves for Maine. The Black Bears are now 8-2-1 on the season and 3-2-1 in Hockey East. Boston College is 7-3-1 on the season and 4-1-1 in Hockey East.
In the first period, Boston College was called for back-to-back penalties, giving Maine a five-on-three advantage for 1:18. Maine had several chances, but did not score. With the teams skating four-on-four with under four minutes to go in the period, Michel Léveillé (Levis, Quebec) buried a shot from the high slot. He was assisted on the goal by Simon Danis-Pepin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec) and Teddy Purcell (St. Johns, Newfoundland) at 17:10. The lead was short-lived, as the Eagles tied the game just 41 seconds later. Nathan Gerbe had the goal at 17:51 with assists from Brian Boyle and Dan Bertram. Maine had an eight to seven lead on shots i the first period.
Maines Billy Ryan (Milton, Mass.) had a break-away chance six minutes into the second period that was saved by Cory Schneider. With a power play, Mike Hamilton (Victoria, British Columbia) scored with assists from Michel Léveillé and Josh Soares (Hamilton, Ontario) at 11:47. Shots in the second period were tied at ten apiece.
Michel Léveillé gave the Black Bears a 3-1 lead early in the third period when he scored at 2:59 with assists from Billy Ryan and Rob Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.). The Eagles fought back, beginning with a shot by Joe Rooney that was saved by Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo.). The rebound went out front to Brian Boyle, who scored the goal at 7:14. Joe Rooney tied the game with an unassisted goal at 14:04. With time running out, Maines Brent Shepheard (Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia) had a shot saved by Cory Schneider with just seven seconds left. Boston College led Maine eleven to seven on shots in the third period.
In overtime, Joe Rooney scored the game-winner at 4:08 with assists from Brian Boyle and Benn Ferriero. The Eagles had a four-to-two lead on shots in the extra session. It was the first overtime loss at home for Maine since October 8, 2004 against North Dakota.
In goal, Maines Ben Bishop allowed four goals and had 28 saves. For Boston College, Cory Schneider had three goals against and 24 saves. Maine had 9 penalties for 26 minutes and Boston College had 9 penalties for 18 minutes. On power plays, Maine was 1-6 and Boston College was 1-5. For the game, Maine was outshot by the Eagles 32 to 27.
Alfond Arena has been sold out for all six home games this season. Maine has lost the last four regular-season Sunday games played at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears unbeaten streak when leading after two periods ended at 115 games. Prior to the loss, Maine was 109-0-6 over the last 115 games when leading after two periods, dating back to December 30, 2001.
The Black Bears travel to Vermont to face the Catamounts on Saturday, November 25. Maine returns home on Friday, December 1 to host Providence at 7:00 pm. For tickets or more information on University of Maine athletics, visit www.GoBlackBears.com or call 581-BEAR.