Jan. 22, 2012
Storrs, Conn. – Second period goals from freshman Emily Field and senior Danielle Welch lifted the fourth-ranked Boston College women’s ice hockey team past Connecticut, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon in Freitas Ice Forum. Field and sophomore defender Jackie Young each had two points in the victory.
Junior goaltender Corinne Boyles recorded 27 saves, enabling the Eagles to improve to 18-6-2, 11-2-2 Hockey East. UConn’s Alexandra Garcia stopped 28 shots as the Huskies fell to 3-16-7, 2-8-3 HE.
The Eagles controlled the tempo throughout the opening frame, by blasting 15 shots on net, while limiting the Huskies to just five. At 11:45 in first, positioning in the right circle juninor forward Ashley Motherwell one-timed a combo of passes from Young and sophomore defender Meagan Mangene to beat Garcia for the early lead, 1-0. The goal was the St. Charles, Ill. native’s 11th point in nine games.
BC continued to pace the game, but following a tripping call in favor of Boston College the Huskies tied the game, 1-1, at 9:21 on a short-handed goal. Emily Snodgrass swiped the puck from BC in the defensive zone and found Jocelyn Slattery for the score, the first short-handed goal the Eagles allowed all season.
The Eagles used only 49 seconds of clock to regain the lead, 2-1, as Field finished off a pair of passes from Young and senior captain Danielle Welch. The Eagles went 1-for-2 with the advantage on the day, marking the third power play goal in four games.
At 14:27, Field’s pass from the corner found Welch to extend the Eagles’ lead to 3-1. The winger from Hastings, Minn. found an opening top, glove side for her seventh goal this year. Welch is BC’s active career leader with 38 goals.
The Eagles would trail in shots during the third period, 6-14, but withstood the attack. A tripping call at 17:57, awarded the Huskies a power play for a late chance, however BC’s penalty kill managed to fend off the Huskies for the remainder of the game.
Boston College will meet Boston University in Walter Brown Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The sides split the first two meetings in the Battle of Commonwealth Ave., with the away team taking both skates. Fans are invited to follow all the action through goterriers.com.