College roundup: Maine upends BC

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team recorded its biggest victory of the season with a 4-1 win over third-ranked Boston College at Conte Forum on Friday night.

Black Bear netminder Martin Ouellette stole the show as he made a career-high 34 saves in the victory.

Maine took a 1-0 lead just 3:11 into the first period. Joey Diamond gained control of a BC turnover in the offensive zone. He skated around the net and beat Boston College goalie Parker Milner for his sixth goal of the season. The goal tied him with Connor Leen for the team lead. It was the 90th point of Diamond’s career and 51st goal.

Maine extended its lead to 2-0 at 19:40 of the first period. Devin Shore gained control of the puck behind the net and fired it to Bill Norman just inside the blueline. Norman’s shot was saved by Milner, but the rebound went right to Ryan Lomberg, who was just outside the crease. For Lomberg, it was his fourth goal of the season.

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Will Merchant extended the Maine lead to 3-0 at 8:05 of the second period. Jon Swavely battled with the BC defense behind the net and was able to put a shot on goal. Merchant collected the rebound and fired it past Milner for his second goal of the season. Both of his career goals have come against Boston College.

BC got on the board with a power play goal at 13:06 of the third period when Steven Whitney scored a power play goal from the right faceoff circle that went just below the crossbar. Kevin Hayes and Pat Mullane each assisted on the goal.

Maine iced the game with an empty-net goal by Kyle Beattie at 19:11.

Men’s basketball

Husson 68, MMA 58

BANGOR — The Husson men’s basketball team evened its season series against Maine Maritime Academy Friday evening with a 68-58 NAC victory at New Gymnasium.

The Eagles held a 10-point 33-23 lead at halftime, and fought off a gridlocked 35-35 second half in scoring for the win.

Marc Zaharchuck had another impressive game for the Eagles off the bench, scoring 19 points on 7-12 shooting and 5-7 from the line in 18 minutes of action. The man in the middle also nabbed five rebounds coming off the pine.

Thomas 92, Castleton 91

WATERVILLE — Thomas (7-8, 4-7 NAC) stunned Castleton (9-9, 7-4) 92-91, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s basketball contest Friday night at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.

With two minutes remaining Franklin Salvador hit back to back 3- pointers for the Terriers to even the score.

Stanley Greene Jr. would make the eventual game winning layup with 14 seconds remaining, followed by a huge block by Marquis Pollard on the other end with seconds remaining to secure the victory for Thomas.

Women’s basketball

MMA 55, Husson 36

BANGOR — Maine Maritime opened up strong, withstood a first-half rally, and finished strong in 55-36 win over Husson in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game Friday.

Mary Badeen paced Maine Maritime with a game-high 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Bekah Campbell added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Mariners and Leah Jackson grabbed a game-high 11 boards.

Amanda Johnson led Husson with 16 points and Kelli Murray recorded a team-best eight rebounds.

Women’s hockey

Salve Regina 4, USM 1

GORHAM — Freshman Danielle Phalon scored a pair of goals to lead the visiting Salve Regina University Seahawks to a 4-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in an ECAC Women’s East game Friday at the USM Ice Arena.

The Seahawks fell behind 1-0 at 5:04 of the opening period as USM senior Kailey Bubier of Auburn picked up a loose puck at the blue line, skated in alone and slid a forehand shot past the left pad of goalie Ali Muehlbronner. The unassisted goal was the sixth of the season for Bubier, and the 40th of her career. Bubier became the fourth player in the history of the USM women’s program to reach that milestone. Ali Muehlbronner finished the game stopping 16 of 17 USM shots before giving way to freshman Mariah Mosher of Auburn with 5:01 to play. Mosher was credited with one save.

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