March 20, 2010 – Maine vs Boston College – Men’s Ice Hockey 

Tonight the Maine Black Bears could guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA hockey tournament with a win in the Hockey East Championship over Boston College.Senior goalie Dave Wilson was a stud last night on his birthday. How would he fare against BC’s high powered offense?Early on he looked solid, but five minutes into the game he gave up a goal to Carl Sneep and it was 1-0 BC. But just 24 seconds later, Gustav Nyquist scored to tie it at one. Three minutes later in the first, Matt Lombardi, he would have a huge night, makes it 2-1 Eagles. Once again, the Black Bears respond quickly. Just 36 seconds after that goal, Joey Diamond scored and it was 2-2 after the first period.It was 4-3 Boston College after the second when Jimmy Hayes scored for BC five minutes into the third and the Eagles were up 5-3. David deKastrozza scored three minutes later and it was 5-4 with 12 minutes to go.Then, with just over five minutes remaining, Barry Almeida scored to put the Eagles back up two goals. Instead of backing down, Maine came storming back. Just 36 seconds after Almeida scored for BC, Spencer Abbott scored off a faceoff and it was 6-5 Boston College. Then with 27 seconds remaining in the game, Joey Diamond scored and we were tied at six going into overtime.Five and half minutes into the extra session, Matt Lombardi finds a way to get it through Dave Wilson. The Boston College Eagles are the 2010 Hockey East Champions. A 7-6 game that nobody will be forgetting any time soon.The loss probably ends Maine’s season. Tomorrow the field is released for the NCAA tournament and the Black Bears are more than likely on the outside looking in. A tough break but a lot of positives to take for next season.