Bill Arnold and the Boston College men's hockey team hosts the Hockey East rival University of Maine Black Bears at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday night at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA (Radio: WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub).
BC (7-1-0, 5-0-0 Hockey East) and Maine (3-2-1, 3-1-0 Hockey East) have met 107 total times, with the Eagles holding a 58-40-9 advantage in the series. In addition, Boston College is 7-2-1 in its last ten meetings with Maine.
The Eagles, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation and are first in the Hockey East Standings, are coming off of a 6-3 win over UMass-Lowell on October 28. Paul Carey, Steven Whitney, Johnny Gaudreau and Barry Almeida each scored goals for BC and goaltender Parker Milner had 37 saves to record his sixth victory of the year and 19th of his career.
Arnold has been one of BC's top stars this season and was named the Athletic Republic Player Of The Month after registering 12 points - six goals, six assists - in eight games played. This is a major improvement for Arnold this season, as he didn't reach 12 points until the 25th game of last season.
Chris Kreider is second in points for the Eagles with 11 (six goals, five assists) and Pat Mullane has 10 points (two goals, eight assists). Milner has 207 saves this season and has a goals against average of 2.24 and save percentage of .920.
Maine is third in the Hockey East standings and is fresh off of a 3-1 win over Providence College on October 29. Adam Shemansky, Matt Mangene and Klas Leidermark each lit the lamp for the Black Bears in the victory and goalie Dan Sullivan had 26 saves.
Brian Flynn leads the Black Bears in points this season with nine (three goals, six assists) and Spencer Abbott has eight points (three goals, five assists) while Sullivan has 74 saves on the season and has a save percentage of .914 and a goals against average of 2.28. In addition, goalie Martin Ouellette has 67 saves for a save percentage of .882 ans a GAA of 2.98 for Maine.
Joey Diamond (six points - three goals, three assists) has had success for Maine against Boston College, recording seven points (five goals, two assists) in his seven career games against the Eagles.
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