Nick Pryor recorded the game-winning goal in the second period as the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team stunned the No. 2 team in the nation, Boston University, sweeping the weekend with a 3-1 victory at Agganis Arena.
The Black Bears capped off the four-point weekend to improve to 11-7-2 in Hockey East, 14-8-3 overall, while Boston University drops to (15-8-1) 12-5-1 in the Hockey East.
The Black Bears played solid hockey throughout the first period, keeping the puck in the Terriers’ zone as they finished the period with 21 shots on goal.
The last shot of the period proved to be a goal by freshman John Parker with only 6.9 seconds left to play as he scored with a snapshot from the right faceoff dot over Boston University goalie Kieran Millan to take the lead, 1-0.
In the second period, the Terriers evened the score, 1-1, with a Garrett Noonan power-play goal. B.U.’s Adam Clendening took the shot from the blue line and Noonan quickly redirected the puck by Maine goalie Dan Sullivan only 2:41 into the period.
The Black Bears did not let the home team get too comfortable with the game back at even play. At the six-minute mark in the second period, Maine’s Nick Pryor scored his first colligate goal to retake a one-goal lead over the Terriers, 2-1 as he let loose with a massive slapshot from the blue line that beat Millan over the goaltender’s glove. Joey Diamond was credited with an assist on the play.
The Terriers attempted to fight their way back into the game in the third period. They outshot the Black Bears 12-10 in the final period, but they were not able to find the back of the net with any of them as Sullivan stood strong.
Sullivan was the driving force that kept the Terriers at bay throughout the final 20 minutes. The sophomore from York, PA saved 38 shots improving his record to 13-5-3 this season.
With the end nearing for the Terriers, coach Jack Parker decided to pull his goaltender in a final chance to tie the game and bring it to overtime, but Maine defenseman Matt Mangene ended any chance at a Terrier comeback with an empty-net goal with only five seconds left in the contest.
The Black Bears will travel back to Orono for a pair of non-conference games against Alabama-Huntsville next weekend at Alfond Arena.