Dec. 5, 2012
BC-UNH Box Score
Durham, N.H. – Senior forward Caitlin Walsh’s first goal of the season proved to be the game winner as the No. 6 Eagles (11-3-2, 8-2-1) defeated UNH 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Assistant captain Meagan Mangene also recorded her first goal of the season and goaltender Corinne Boyles stopped 20 shots to extend her personal winning streak to nine games. Jenn Gilligan stopped 20 shots in her first loss of the season for the Wildcats.
The teams clamped down defensively as the game started with neither team generating many quality scoring chances out of the gate. The Eagles weren’t able to convert on their lone power play opportunity of the period as Wildcats goaltender Jenn Gilligan stymied BC’s man advantage. Haley Skarupa boasted the marquee scoring chance of the first period as she fired a shot from the top of the circles that Gilligan turned aside. Corinne Boyles stopped all six shots she faced in the first 20 minutes of play. Shots on goal after one period were 9-6 in favor of BC.
Freshman Haley Skarupa (13) continued her torrid scoring pace as she was sent in all alone by Alex Carpenter and beat Gilligan on a forehand deke to put BC up 1-0 at 3:07. The Wildcats fought back in the second period, outshooting the Eagles 8-4. Kaliya Johnson took an interference penalty at 13:02 and UNH was able to cash in with a goal by Alexis Crossley that beat Boyles over her left shoulder.
The Eagles came out firing in the third period as Walsh (1) hammered home a ricochet off the boards past Gilligan at 5:20. Ashley Motherwell (5) notched a shorthanded goal on a two-on-one with Emily Field at 6:07 with Dana Trivigno in the box. BC concluded the scoring just two minutes later as Mangene (1) put home a loose puck at the top of the crease to give the Eagles a 4-1 advantage. That proved to be enough as Kate King Crowley’s squad kept the Wildcats’ scoring chances to a minimum the rest of the way.
Notes: Alex Carpenter extended her point streak to 14 games (12-13-25) … Skarupa’s goal was her fifth in the last three games … BC extends their record breaking unbeaten streak to 12 games (10-0-2) and is currently riding a seven game winning streak which ties for the longest in team history … Boyles has won nine straight decisions after suffering a loss on opening night against Boston University … Walsh’s goal was her first since December 9, 2011 against Mercyhurst … Power Plays: Eagles 0-1, Wildcats 1-3 … final shots on goal were 24-21 in favor of BC … Three Stars: Caitlin Walsh (1st), Corinne Boyles (2nd), Alexis Crossley (3rd).
The Eagles will be off until after the holidays when they embark on a three game road trip to Clarkson, St. Lawrence, and Northeastern beginning January 3rd.