March 9, 2013
HYANNIS, Mass. - The No. 2/3 women's hockey team will await their NCAA tournament fate after a frustrating 4-1 loss to No. 10 Northeastern on Saturday at the Hockey East Semifinal.
Corinne Boyles made 30 saves to fall to 21-4-1 while Chloe Desjardins turned aside 34 shots for the Huskies to improve to 21-8-2.
The teams each killed off two power play opportunities as the Huskies and Eagles battled to a scoreless deadlock after one period. Northeastern rang two posts behind Boyles but the BC defense was there to sweep away the loose puck to avoid any damage.
Northeastern capitalized on one of their golden opportunities as Casey Pickett slipped behind the BC defense and beat Boyles with a backhand deke shorthanded at 3:25. Outshooting the Huskies 16-7 in the middle frame, the Eagles were unable to beat Desjardins as the teams skated to the locker room with NU holding a 1-0 lead.
Northeastern tallied the all important next goal as Kelly Wallace hammered home a loose puck past Boyles at 8:46. The Huskies extended their lead to 3-0 at 12:52 as Rachel Llanes one-timed home a feed from Coyne. Emily Field (15th) put BC on the board at 17:04 but NU got an empty net goal from Coyne with just under two minutes to play to clinch it for the Huskies.
The NCAA Women's Hockey Selection Show will take place Sunday night at 6 p.m. The Eagles entered today's game third in the Pairwise Rankings behind Minnesota and Cornell.
Team Records: Northeastern 23-10-2; Boston College 26-6-3.
Game Notes: BC falls to 5-7 all-time in Hockey East tournament play ... the Eagles finished 0-6 on the power play ... Haley Skarupa and Blake Bolden each had eight shots on goal ... Pickett's goal was the first shorthanded goal allowed by the Eagles this season ... BC drops to 3-2-0 this season against Northeastern ... final shots on goal: BC 35, NU 34.