Jan. 25, 2012
BOSTON - A three goal third period put game out of reach for the fourth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team, as Boston University claimed the upset, 6-0, on Wednesday night in Walter Brown Arena. The loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for the Eagles (18-7-2, 11-3-2 Hockey East).
Junior Taylor Holze posted three points (1g, 2a) and sophomore defender Kaleigh Fratkin had two assists to lead the Terriers (13-12-1, 8-7-0 Hockey East).
BC goaltender Corinne Boyles registered 30 saves in a losing effort, while BU net-minder Kerrin Sperry also noted 30 in the win.
Boston College was tested early and trailed in the shots column by only two, 13-11, after the first period. Boyles kept the goose eggs on the board for nearly the entire first period, before Holze broke the scoreless game at 19:49. The center skated down the slot, after receiving passes from Fratkin and Louise Warren, and finished from just outside the crease for her fourth goal of the year.
BC had prevented a trio of quality chances from the Terriers throughout the opening frame. Sophomore forward Marie-Philip Poulin swept through the right circle, deking her way through the defense, before Boyles made a kick save with her left shin. Poulin broke through for a second time about mid way through the frame, going as far as the crease, before Boyles dropped to the ice to prevent the shot from finding the net.
At 15:30, the Eagles defense returned the favor by clearing a puck that sat in the blue after a shot from senior defenseman Tara Watchhorn rang the crossbar. Boyles prevented another opportunity with four minutes to play when senior captain Jenn Wakefield, perched near crease, was denied on a back-handed attempt. BC was awarded a power play for holding following the faceoff that ensued, but the advantage did not yield a result.
Boyles opened the second with another few kick saves, before Wakefield was called for cross-checking at 1:54. Shortly after the penalty was killed BC found an opportunity coming off a line change. Freshman center Alex Carpenter got her sitck on the puck in time to keep it from leaving the offensive zone, fluidly moved around the right side and fired from the circle forcing Sperry to make a glove save. A few seconds later, the rookie hit pipe from nearly the same spot.
Eight minutes in freshman Emily Field hit Carpenter in the neutral zone. The center found senior Danielle Welch in blazing down the left side, but a shot from the circle went wide by mere inches.
The Eagles fell behind, 2-0, at 15:06, when a chip in near the blue line from forward Caroline Campbell bounced off the back boards and ricocheted off of Boyles' skate.
BC's deficit grew by one, 3-0, at 18:29 following a goal from center Isabel Menard off of passes from Fratkin and defenseman Kasey Boucher.
In the third, Carpenter struck metal once again from the right side, but a hooking call at 3:39 put the Eagles in the box slowing the momentum.
An interference call at 8:49, penalized BC once again. The Terriers capitalized almost immediately as a shot by Watchorn sailed over Boyles' left shoulder for the goal, 4-0. Assisting the play was Menard. The Eagles found themselves down by five at 12:40, after a body checking call enabled Louise Warren to pick up her third goal of the season. Holze and Cardella assisted the score, as BU went 2-for-3 on the power play.
At 15:32, BC was awarded a power play for body checking. The opportunity proved unsuccessful as Wakefield scored an unassisted, short-handed goal one minute later for the final tally of the night, 6-0.
The Eagles continued to fight, but were unable to find the net.
Boston College will compete next in the opening round of the Beanpot on Tues. Jan. 31. The Eagles meet Northeastern at 5 p.m. in Walter Brown Arena.