Women's Hockey Advances To Title Game With OT Win
March 5, 2011
Boston, Mass. -
Hockey East Player of the Year Kelli Stack netted the game-winning overtime goal to punch Boston College's ticket Sunday's conference championship game as the second-seeded Eagles defeated the third-seeded Friars, 3-2, at Walter Brown Arena on Saturday evening.
Stack beat Providence goalkeeper Genevieve Lacasse, who registered a tournament-record 58 saves in the loss, at 11:57 of the overtime period.
BC outshot Providence, 61-29, in the contest.
Stack and freshman Melissa Bizzari combined for four points with one goal and one assist each. Senior goaltender Molly Schaus made 27 saves to lift the Eagles to their second league tournament championship game in three years.
After two scoreless periods in which BC outshot Providence, 34-14, Bizzari ignited a four-goal third frame at 13:25. The freshman forward found the back of the net off of passes from junior Mary Restuccia and senior captain Katelyn Kurth.
The lead was short lived as the Friars scored two goals within the next five minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Jennifer Friedman netted a power-play goal at 9:36 to even the score, and Abby Gauthier put Providence up with a glove-side goal from just outside the crease with 11:14 to play.
A goal from freshman Taylor Wasylk on passes from Bizzari and Stack drew BC even with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.
Boston College will face Northeastern in the final, Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. in Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Mass. The fifth-seeded Huskies upset top-seeded Boston University, 4-2, in the first semifinal of the day. The championship game will be broadcast on NESN on a delayed basis on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Team Records: Boston College - 23-6-6, 14-4-4 WHEA; Providence - 22-12-1, 12-9-1 WHEA
Game Notes: The Eagles advance to their first conference final since 2009 and third overall ... Boston College moves to 3-5 all-time in the WHEA Tournament ... BC improves to 2-2 against Providence in the postseason ... Neither Boston College nor Northeastern has won the WHEA Tournament in its nine-year history ... BC improved to 2-0-5 in overtime games this season.