Nov. 17, 2011
Boston - Senior defenseman Allison Szlosek placed a shot in the upper-right corner of the net to break a 1-1 tie in the second period and push the No. 4 Boston College women's ice hockey team past No. 8 Northeastern on Thursday night in Matthews Arena. The Eagles (7-3-1, 4-2-1 HE) 3-1 win was the fifth straight over the Huskies (10-2-0, 5-1-0 HE) and the second straight over a ranked opponent.
Junior goaltender Corinne Boyles (7-3-1) stopped a season-high 40 shots to pick up the win. Huskies net-minder Florence Schelling (9-2-0) made 33 saves in the loss.
Sophomore forward Melissa Bizzari opened the scoring at 6:29 in the first and freshmen winger Emily Field completed the scorecard at 2:44 in the third. A body checking call on NU at 5:16 and tripping call on BC at six minutes reduced play to four on four. Boyles kicked away a shot from the left circle and the Eagles worked the puck through the zones for the 1-0 lead.
Sophomore forward Taylor Wasylk collected the rebound and dished it to defender Emily Pfalzer. The rookie glided down the right wall, swooped behind the net and pitched the puck to Bizzari sitting in front of Schelling for the one-timer. The goal was Bizzari's first of the year and both Pfalzer and Wasylk's fifth assist.
The Huskies struck back at 8:02, when Rachel Llanes' shot ricocheted off the inner left post and landed in front of Lucie Povova to punch home on Boyles' stick side.
Play picked up in the second as both sides fought to get the go ahead goal. Fields created a great chance for junior Ashley Motherwell when she broke through the line and left the puck behind for her linesman to take rip deep in the slot.
Around the 5:30 mark, Boyles denied a one-on-one after a turnover in the right circle enabled Coyne to skate in front of the goalkeeper and have a shot. Boyles kicked the shot wide and denied another of Coyne's chances three minutes later, when a NU won a puck that didn't clear the zone.
Minutes later, freshman forward Kate Leary dished the puck to senior captain Danielle Welch flying through the slot, but Schelling blocked the shot towards the left wall.
BC reclaimed the lead, 2-1, on Szlosek's goal at 18:50 in the stanza. Schelling denied freshman Alex Carpenter at point-blank, but Motherwell back-handed the rebound through heavy traffic for Szlosek to flip over Schelling's right shoulder.
With BC holding onto the one point lead, play moved quickly in the third, but Boston College capitalized on a Northeastern tripping penalty at 3:44 for the 3-1 advantage. Sophomore defender Jackie Young dished the puck inside to Welch, who found Fields sitting on the far post. The left-winger put the puck behind Schelling for her fourth goal in the Maroon and Gold.
The Huskies managed 18 of their 41 shots in the third and Boyles was excellent down the stretch to help the Eagles get out of Matthews Arena with a win.
Boston College hosts Northeastern tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Fans are invited to follow along with live stats or view the live-stream through bceagles.com.