Dec. 3, 2011
Orono, Maine - Junior left-winger Caitlin Walsh won the puck behind the net and dished it to sophomore forward Melissa Bizzari for a one-timer that found the net at 2:56 in overtime, as the fourth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team defeated Maine, 4-3, on Saturday night in Alfond Arena.
Freshman center Alex Carpenter registered two points, assisting BC's first goal of the night and scoring the second, to extend her point-streak to seven games - 10th longest in Eagle history.
Hockey East November Goalie of the Month Corinne Boyles made 21 saves for the Eagles (11-4-1, 6-2-1 WHEA), who moved back on top of the conference standings with 13 points. Brittany Ott, the reigning WHEA Defensive Player of the Week, stopped 35 shots for Maine (9-6-4, 4-4-1 WHEA).
Sophomore Jackie Young's goal at 1:01 in the first period was the quickest of the season for the Eagles. Carpenter helped create the opportunity by working the puck into the offensive zone and getting it to junior forward Ashley Motherwell, who passed it out to Young at the point. The Medford, Mass. native's fifth goal of the year is sixth most in one season by a BC defenseman.
A pair of tripping calls late in the first period enabled Maine to even things up, 1-1, and take the lead a few minutes later. Kelly McDonald tied the game at 17:35, on passes from Danielle Ward and Melissa Gagnon, and put the Black Bears on top at 19:01 on another assist from Ward.
The only goal of the second period came at 13:14. Freshman forward Emily Field worked the puck up ice with Carpenter. As Field got pinned on the wall, she dished a pass to Carpenter, who moved towards the corner and put the puck on net for her 10th goal of the season.
At 3:27 in the third, freshman right-wing Kate Leary scored her first collegiate goal to put Boston College back on top, 3-2. Classmate Emily Pfalzer guided the puck behind the net and kicked it out to junior defender Blake Bolden, who fired a shot on goal. Leary's hustle for the rebound sounded the horn.
A shot from Brittany Dougherty deflected off BC and went in to tie the game at three with 2:52 to play. Jennifer Moore was credited with the assist.
After the extra period ensued, Bizzari's shot beat Ott on the left side to give the Eagles their first overtime win of the year.
Boston College concludes the weekend road series at Maine tomorrow at 3 p.m.