No. 7 WIH Defeats UNH, 3-2
Jan. 26, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Emily Field scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in the third period, and Corinne Boyles made 31 saves to propel No. 7 Boston College to a 3-2 conference victory over New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats got on the board first at 1:46 of the first period with a goal from Kayla Mork, her third of the season. Cassandra Vilgrain and Arielle O’Neill tallied the assists on the play.
Boston College answered just over three minutes later when Taylor Wasylk netted a backhander off the rebound on Kate Leary’s shot to knot the score at 1-1. Leary skated from behind New Hampshire’s net to the top of the left circle where she fired a shot on goal that bounced free off the pads of UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara. Wasylk, who was in perfect position in front of the crease, scooped up the puck and put it home.
Sara Carlson nearly took the lead back for UNH with 6:40 to go in the first when she faked left and deked two BC defenders, splitting them and putting a strong shot on net, but Corinne Boyles was there to make the save and keep the Wildcats off the board.
Jess Ryan took advantage of a UNH power play and put the Wildcats up 2-1 with a wrister from the top of the slot that beat Boyles glove side at 19:39 of the first period. Ryan and Carlson cycled the puck back and forth along the blue line before Ryan found an opening and fired the puck through traffic for her fourth goal of the season.
The Wildcats held a 14-7 lead in shots in the opening stanza and controlled most of the period, as the Eagles struggled to find a rhythm early on.
The Eagles tied the score early in the middle frame with a goal from Emily Pfalzer at 2:22. Kate Leary skated the puck into the Wildcats’ zone and lost control when a UNH defender poked the puck loose, but Pfalzer was there to pick it up and fired a shot from the right faceoff dot that found its way past Vaattovaara and into the net to knot the score at 2-2.
Ryan had a chance to score her second goal of the game with 1:39 to go in the second period when she had a wide open shot from the slot, but chose to send a pass to Nicole Gifford who was expecting Ryan to take the shot and let the puck slide past her at the top of the crease.
Corinne Boyles made 31 saves and improves to 15-4-2. Vaattovaara stopped 20 shots and falls to 6-4-2.
Boston College went 0-for-2 on the power play while UNH was 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
The Wildcats outshot the Eagles 33-23 in the contest.
Notes: With a goal and an assist today, Taylor Wasylk has notched five points (three goals, two assist) in the two games against UNH. Kate Leary picked up two assists in the game and tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the weekend series. With an assist on the game-winning goal, Andie Anastos extended her point streak to five games, during which she has seven points (2 goals, five assists). Boston College extended its unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2) with the win.