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Boston College Keeps Maine Winless on the Road

Senior Destry Straight scored twice and posted an assist to lift Boston College to a 4-1 win over Maine on Saturday night at Kelley Rink, and its first Hockey East weekend sweep of the season.

Matt Dewkett

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- With a glance at the scoreboard, Boston College led Maine 3-1 after two periods on Saturday night.

But it was from there the real story unfolded.

The No. 12 Eagles allowed just eight total shot attempts in the final frame en route to downing the visiting Black Bears in the first meeting between the teams this year, 4-1.

Following its first four-game losing streak in a decade, BC rattled off wins at Michigan State and UMass on the past two Fridays before extending its win streak to three with its first home outing in more than ten days.

Head coach Jerry York's team has showed flashes of brilliance over the course of the early going, but he said this outing marked his team's best effort of the season.

"From my perspective, it's the best 60 minutes of hockey we've played this year," York said. "I thought we were sharp, we were emotionally and physically involved in the game. We've seen spurts of that this year, but that was from goal to defense to forwards."

The Eagles used some pretty passing to draw first blood just before the halfway mark of the opening period as their lead forward line connected for the score.

At 9:35, BC took a 1-0 lead as junior defenseman Teddy Doherty crashed the net and tucked his second goal of the season by Maine freshman Sean Romeo's left post.

The Hopkinton, Mass. native's goal developed off a pair of passes from senior Destry Straight and sophomore Chris Calnan off a Black Bear defensive breakdown following a blocked shot.

"I have the utmost respect for the transition game of Boston College," Maine head coach Red Gendron said, "but at the same time, that's one we gift-wrapped. It was an early Christmas present for the Eagles."

The Black Bears took advantage of a turnover at the top of its offensive zone at 11:57 as sophomore Cam Brown fed classmate Blaine Byron with a backhand pass shorthanded to tie the game at 1-1.

BC took a two-goal lead for the first time on the night as Straight beat Romeo on a pair of odd goals in the opening five-plus minutes of the second period.

Off a primary assist from Gilmour, his first shot bounced by Romeo at the 1:38 mark just outside the crease. Doherty started the play and was given the primary assist for his third multi-point contest of the season and his second in five games.

The West Vancouver, B.C. native made it a 3-1 game at 5:11, unleashing a long wrister from just outside of the faceoff circle to Romeo's left off another dish from Gilmour.

"This was just a remarkable game by Destry," York said. "He blocked a shot which led to a goal, then he scored two goals in the second period. His overall play was exceptional, and I thought we kind of rode on his shoulders today."

Straight's first goal turned out to be the game-winner as he registered a three-point night for the second time in his career and his first since posting a hat trick in a Dec. 28, 2013 win over Penn State at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.

"Overall, it was just a great weekend," Straight said as BC improved to 7-5-0 and an even 3-3-0 in Hockey East play. "I think we just built from the goaltender (22 saves for sophomore Thatcher Demko) out and I think we proved that this weekend, playing solid defense. Solid defense leads to good offense."

BC dominated the third from start to finish, despite scoring just once as freshman Alex Tuch scored his fourth goal of the season on a laser past Romeo's glove side at 2:51.

The third period made a relatively even game look much less so, despite all eight of Maine's shot attempts coming on goal. Not a single one was blocked or went off target. That mark was not nearly enough as Gendron thought his team's effort was lacking.

"For certain guys, the effort was very good," Gendron said. "Certain other guys, (it was) nowhere near enough."

The Eagles welcome fourth-ranked Minnesota to the Heights for the first time since 1999 for a post-Thanksgiving clash next Friday, while Maine is back at Alfond Arena to entertain Vermont twice after the Catamounts handed UMass at 11-1 defeat in Amherst.