OUELLETTE STOPS 34 SHOTS AS MAINE BLANKS BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 7-0
Junior goaltender Martin Ouellette makes 34 saves for the Black Bears
Orono, Maine- Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) recorded his second shutout in three games while Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) had two goals and an assist as the University of Maine men's ice hockey team shut out Boston University 7-0 on Friday night at Alfond Arena. Maine improves to 5-4-1 on the season with the victory and 2-2-1 in Hockey East play, while BU falls to 4-6-0 overall, 2-3-0 in conference action.
It was Maine's most lopsided win since rolling past St. Lawrence 10-1 on Nov. 28, 2009.
Maine got on the board midway through the first period when Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) scored a goal in transition. Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) got the puck up to Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) who continued to carry it up the ice along the boards. Shore then beat BU goalie Sean Maguire stick side.
Leen then scored a five-on-three goal of his own with just six seconds remaining in the first period. He received a pass from Shore and beat Maguire, as he was stationed on the goal post glove side. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) also assisted on the goal.
Midway through the second period Maine got called for a pair of quick penalties, resulting in a lengthy five-on-three for Boston University. With the puck near the blueline, a BU defender dove for the puck, but was unable to save it. Hutton gained control of it and broke in alone on Magire. His shot trickled past Maguire and into the back of the goal. For Hutton, it was his fourth goal of the season.
The Black Bears added to their lead less than six minutes later. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) dug the puck out along the board and found Brian Morgan on an odd-man-rush. He made a quick pass to Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) who fired the puck past Matt O'Connor, who had replaced Maguire in net. For Byron, it was his fourth goal of the season.
Morgan got on the scoreboard himself with a power play goal just over two minutes later. Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn.) had a shot from the blueline that Morgan tipped past O'Connor from the slot. Byron also assisted on the tally.
Maine continued to add to its lead in the third period. Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) picked off a Terrier pass and broke in alone on O'Connor, beating him for his first goal of the season.
Morgan capped the scoring for the Black Bears when Brown picked off a pass and fed him midway through the period. He fired the puck past O'Connor for his third goal of the campaign.
The two teams finished with 34 shots apiece. Maine was 2-for-4 on the power play, while Boston University was scoreless in two chances.
Martin Ouellette was outstanding in net for the Black Bears, stopping all 34 shots that he faced to improve to 5-4-1 on the season. It was his second shutout of the season. Maguire made 17 saves in 29:18 to suffer the loss. He falls to 1-4-0 overall. O'Connor made 10 saves in 30:42.
The Black Bears, who play just a single game this weekend, return to action on Saturday, Nov. 23 when they host Boston College.