Jan. 31, 2012
BOSTON – Freshman Emily Field scored a late second period goal to even the score, 1-1, but the fourth-ranked Boston College women’s ice hockey team fell in a shootout to No. 7/8 Northeastern, 2-1, in the opening round of the 34th Annual Women’s Beanpot on Tuesday night in Walter Brown Arena.
In a game dictated by goaltending, junior Corinne Boyles registered a season-best 41 saves to keep the Eagles (18-7-3) in a tightly contested matchup. The Huskies (17-6-3) relied on Florence Schelling to make 35 saves to advance to the championship game.
Junior center Rachel Llanes scored the lone goal for NU at 11:29 into the second period, cleaning up a loose puck in front of the net as a result of a shot from line mate Katie MacSorley. Sophomore Sonia St. Martin was also credited with an assist on the play.
Just over six minutes later, Field netted the equalizer when junior Blake Bolden’s pass from the right corner hit freshman center Alex Carpenter near the top of the point and a rebound ensued.
Neither side relented as the exerted themselves for the go ahead goal. With regulation and an overtime frame failing to produce a winner, the sides entered a best-of-three shootout. The Eagles were denied on their first two attempts, while Llanes and junior left-winger Brittany Esposito dethroned the defending champions with successful tries.
The Eagles were not without chances throughout the game.
Nearly five minutes into the first Carpenter came stick handling down the right wall and put the puck on net for BC first shot of the game.
Boston College was awarded its first power play of the game at 9:09, when NU was called for body checking following a hard hit on the boards in the offensive zone. However, 1:29 into the man-advantage a tripping call on the Eagles reduced play to 4-on-4. The sides fired off shots, but neither got the opening goal.
At 15:14, Field drew a hooking call in the right circle. The Huskies collected a loose puck and moved up ice, but Bolden’s defensive prowess regained possession for the Eagles. The junior swung around the net and through the neutral zone, before being forced into the left corner. Northeastern took back the puck, but as they tried to transition the Huskies pass off the boards was intercepted by freshman Emily Pfalzer, who took a rip from the circle.
Boyles was sound for BC to start the second, thwarting the Huskies early pressure from deep penetrating skates that sent whistling crosses past the net.
The Eagles were called for interference at 6:18, but killed the penalty. Northeastern saw a quality opportunity when Coyne missed high and wide over the keeper’s left shoulder from just outside the crease.
Just as the penalty expired, BC put together quick puck movement to take advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone. Sophomore forward Melissa Bizzari gathered a pass from the right wall, as she streaked down the left side and fired a shot that went wide.
At 11:29 in the second, BC surrendered the first goal of the evening. A shot by MacSorley was saved, but landed dead outside the crease for Llanes to push in for her eighth score of the season.
The Eagles seemed to tie the game at 13:48 on a similar play, but with Schelling on top of the puck the video review proved too much to overturn.
Boston College found its equalizer at 17:53. Field’s goal was the seventh of the year for the rookie. Carpenter provided assist No. 13 and Bolden picked up the 29th helper of her career, ninth most on school history.
The third period went nearly eight minutes without a penalty, but BC was snagged for hooking at 7:32. The penalty expired with Meagan Mangene making a diving block. The sophomore jumped up and took the puck up the ice to pressure the Huskies. The Eagles pelted Schelling with shots, before drawing a penalty for holding the stick at 10:11. Despite continuing to control the puck, the advantage did not pay off.
The sides traded offensive attacks, before simultaneously penalties - BC was called for body checking, while NU served a charging call - moved play to 4-on-4 at 17:27. The Eagles skated around the Huskies and Bolden blasted a shot from the top of the point with under a minute to play, but the squads returned to full-strength to close out regulation.
The scoring chances continued to happen for both teams into overtime. At 2:22, a puck hanging at the goal line was covered up by Boyles to preserve the standoff. Seconds later, Coyne broke through the defense and the net-minder prevented another chance.
About three minutes in Carpenter deked her way deep into NU territory and clanged the puck off the crossbar. With under a minute to go, senior Mary Restuccia tried a back-hander that was denied for BC's last dangerous opportunity of the night.
The teams them moved to a shootout.
BC – Mary Restuccia; shot off the right pad, save
NU – Rachel Llanes; shot high left-corner, goal
BC – Blake Bolden; shot off the right pad, kick-save
NU – Brittany Esposito; deke, left sweep, goal
BC – not taken
NU – not taken
The Eagles will meet the loser of the Harvard/BU game on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in Walter Brown Arena.
BC resumes conference play on Friday, Feb. 4 versus Providence at 2 p.m. A live stream and stats will be available through bceagles.com.