Better Late Than
BC’s Matt Lombardi is not known as a goal scorer, but he
picked the perfect time to shed that image. Lombardi notched his first career
hat trick, and in the process recorded his first multi-point game of the season
and first multi-goal game of his career. Lombardi has six goals and seven
assists on the season. He came into the year with just four career goals.
“I’ve had unsung heroes score one goal, but to score three
goals, this is a first in my coaching career,” BC head coach Jerry York said.
In a wild first period, every time the Eagles scored, the
Black Bears wasted no time striking back. After Carl Sneep’s goal to make it
1-0, Gustav Nyquist knotted the score at one just 24 seconds later. Then, after
Matt Lombardi scored at 15:19, Joey Diamond countered for Maine at 15:55.
If that wasn’t enough, in the third period, Spencer Abbott
answered Barry Almeida’s tally just 36 seconds later to bring Maine back within
one, a 6-5 game at that point.
“It’s certainly a good sign anytime you can bounce back
after a goal against,” Maine head coach Tim Whitehead said. “There wasn’t any
quit in our team. I’m proud of how our guys competed.”
Nothing Comes Easy
The Maine defense did a great job this weekend limiting its
opponents to few shots. On Friday night the Black Bears held Boston University to
five shots in the first period, and in the second period against BC, they held
the Eagles to five shots as well.
Oh, the Memories
Saturday night marked the six-year anniversary of one of the
greatest Hockey East tournament games ever played. In the 2004 final, Maine
downed UMass-Amherst, 2-1, in triple-overtime. Until this year, it was the last
appearance in a Hockey East final for the Black Bears.
The 2010 title game tied the record for most total goals in
a Hockey East tournament finale, as Maine and BC combined for 13 goals. This
year’s edition ties the 1986 contest between Providence and BU, a game BU won, 9-4.
Ironically, that game was also the last time a player scored a hat trick in a
championship game. Peter Marshall did the deed for the Terriers back in ’86.
Bonus video featuring Kevin, Tim Rosenthal and Biz Jacobs behind the camera with their post game reaction