No. 4 WIH Falls to No. 9 BU, 5-2, in Hockey East Semifinal
March 3, 2012
Hyannis, Mass. - The fourth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team was defeated by ninth-ranked Boston University, 5-2, in the semifinal round of the Hockey East Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Freshmen forwards Emily Field and Alex Carpenter scored and junior goalkeeper Corinne Boyles made 21 saves for the Eagles (23-9-3).
Sophomore forward Marie-Philip Poulin recorded three points and sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry posted 33 saves to lead the Terriers (22-13-1) to an appearance in Sunday's 1 p.m. championship bout with Providence.
The Eagles went down, 1-0, at 3:10 in the first when Louise Warren wrapped the puck around net and snuck in an unassisted goal from the right side.
BC was distanced by another goal a minute and 32 seconds later. Positioned near the right circle, Jill Cardella passed to Jenn Wakefield, tipped in a second chance from just outside the crease for the 2-0 lead.
At 15:18, Boston College's Hockey East All-Rookie Team trio synergized to lessen the gap, 2-1, with a power play goal after the Terriers were called for holding deep inside their defensive zone. Defenseman Emily Pfalzer found Carpenter in traffic on the right side. The center let a shot rip and Field punched in her team-leading seventh power play goal of the year. The score snapped the Eagles' 0-for-19 stretch on power plays against BU this season.
Near the 18-minute mark, Motherwell nearly tied the matchup when she hit the inner skate of Sperry from the end line. The rebound bounced out for Wakefield to burn up ice in the other direction, but senior Jess Martino cut off the Pickering, Ontario native's path and denied the Terrier a chance to get another point on the board.
At 1:25 in the second, Poulin landed a shot in the top right corner to provide breathing room for the Terriers. Isabel Menard and Kathryn Miller found their teammate, who swept into the slot form the left side and scored in the upper right corner.
The Eagles upped their pressure, yielding several quality chances during the middle portion of the frame.
Carpenter missed high from the slot and Leary's back-hander from three-feet out found Sperry's pad.
At 13:05, Mangene kept the puck from crossing the blue line and maneuvered down to the right post, where a shot passed between Sperry's back and the pipes.
When BC drew a penalty at 15:00, Restuccia hit Carpenter in stride through the neutral zone. The center had the puck knocked loose, but Field was there to force Sperry to sprawl out to make the save.
The ensuing face off yielded a 2-on-1, short-handed goal for the Terriers at 16:40. Cardella broke away down the right side and dished to Poulin on the far circle for the 4-1 lead.
Tutino's goal at 00:41 in the third gave BU a 5-1 advantage. Poulin and Wakefield collected assists on the play.
At 6:43, fore-checking by Caitlin Walsh behind the Terrier net was rewarded as the junior connected with the rookie sitting in front of the net for her 19th score of the season. Walsh led the Eagles with six shots on the day.
Boston College awaits the NCAA selections for the post season tournament on Sunday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles were ranked fourth in the USCHO.com PairWise rankings at the time of this release. The ratings set is a system that attempts to mimic the criteria used by the NCAA for post-season selection.