UPDATED: Washed away: Terriers toppled 7-3 in flooded Frozen Fenway contest with Maine
When it rains, it pours for the Boston University men’s hockey team. The Terriers were washed out of the ballpark Saturday at in front of 25,580 fans at Fenway Park, dropping a waterlogged Frozen Fenway contest to the University of Maine 7-3.
Weather conditions made the contest look more like a swim meet than a hockey game, as an hour and nine-minute rain delay made the first period last close to two hours and the rest of the game very, very wet.
Maine (11-7-2, 5-2-1 Hockey East) scored the only goal before that rain delay, as forward Ryan Lomberg received a pass from senior Mark Anthoine and snapped it past BU (7-11-2, 2-5-1 Hockey East) goaltender Matt O’Connor for a power-play goal. Right after sophomore forward took a tripping penalty with 12:35 remaining in the first, lightning flashed, thunder boomed and the teams scurried to their respective clubhouses.
The rain delay featured a torrential downpour of rain to go with the thunder and lightning, which flooded the playing surface with around an inch of water. Squeegees and shovels were brought out, as the ice crew shoved waves of water out the Zamboni door to re-prepare the surface for play.
“[The ice maintenance crew] even came up to me and said, ‘We did that for you guys, we have never had to do something like that,'” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. “There was a lot of water removed.”
The Black Bears did not waste any time scoring after the weather delay though, as defenseman Ben Hutton ripped a wrister past O’Connor to give his team a 2-0 lead entering the mid-first-period break where teams switched ends. It was Hutton’s eighth goal of the season and third point against BU in two contests.