No. 7 WIH Defeats No. 8 BU, 4-1
Jan. 8, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Andie Anastos scored the game-winning goal and added an assist, while Kate Leary notched one goal and two assists as No. 7 Boston College defeated No. 8 Boston University at Walter Brown Arena on Wednesday night.
BC did not wait long to double its lead, scoring the second goal of the night just two minutes later. Emily Pfalzer picked up the puck in the neutral zone, skated down the left side of the ice and passed the puck to the top of the crease where Andie Anastos was able to slide it under the pads of BU netminder Kerrin Sperry, giving BC a 2-0 lead. The goal marked Anastos’ ninth of the season.
The Terriers had their best opportunity of the first period with 50 seconds remaining when they were able to break out on a 2-on-1, but Pfalzer was able to disrupt the play just enough that BU’s Dakota Woodworth was unable to get a stick on a one-timer attempt.
BU started the middle frame by killing off a BC power play and put the pressure on the Eagles by ramping up the shots, but Boston College answered with its third goal of the game at 6:15 of the middle frame. Anastos skated the puck into the slot and dropped it back to a trailing Kate Leary who lifted a shot into the top of the net over Sperry’s shoulder to give BC a 3-0 lead.
Samantha Sutherland pulled BU within two when she picked up a rebound in front of the net and flipped a shot over Eagles goaltender Corinne Boyles into the net to make the score 3-1 at 15:02 of the second stanza.
Sarah Lefort, who leads the NCAA with 16 goals, made a bid for her 17th at 17:06 of the second period with a shot that trickled over Boyles’ shoulder, but the BC netminder spun around and cleared the puck off the goal line with her blocker to preserve the 3-1 lead.
Melissa Bizzari concluded the scoring in the game at 13:05 of the final frame when scooped up the rebound on Taylor Wasylk’s shot and fired a wrister into the back of the net to settle the score at 4-1.
Boyles stopped 22 shots and improves to 10-4-1. Sperry made 30 saves and falls to 13-3-1.
BC went 1-for-5 on the power play while BU was 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
The Eagles held a 34-23 advantage in shots during the contest, including a 15-3 edge in the final frame.
Notes: With the victory, BC snapped BU's 20-game home win streak and its 23-game Hockey East win streak. The Eagles have the only two victories over BU at Walter Brown Arena since Maine defeated the Terriers on Jan. 15, 2012