No. 7 WIH Returns at No. 8 Boston University
Jan. 7, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 7 women’s hockey team (12-4-2, 7-1-0 WHEA) will travel down the street to face off against crosstown rival No. 8 Boston University (15-3-1, 8-0-0 WHEA) on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The game marks the first contest for the Eagles in over a month; BC played last on Dec. 7 in a 1-1 tie at Harvard.
Boston College was able to salvage its game against the Crimson as Emily Pfalzer scored with less than two minutes to go in the third period to knot the score at 1-1. The Eagles had pulled goaltender Corinne Boyles for an extra skater, and the gamble paid off as Pfalzer found the back of the net with the equalizer just 20 seconds later. Boyles was named Women’s Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks for her performance in the game. The Wheaton, Ill. native stopped 35 of 36 shots (.972 save percentage) in the contest.
The Terriers will look to continue their five-game winning streak, dating back to Nov. 24. In its last game, Boston University was able to hold of Dartmouth in a 3-2 home victory. The Big Green answered BU’s first two goals, but Sarah Lefort put the Terries up for good with her NCAA-leading 16th goal of the season - a power-play tally at 8:18 of the second period. Kerrin Sperry recorded the win and is now 13-2-1 on the season with a 1.87 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
BC and BU have not faced each other since Nov. 3, 2012 when the teams skated to a 5-5 tie. Neither team was able to gain more than a one-goal lead, as Louise Warren scored a hat trick for the Terriers and Blake Bolden netted two goals for the Eagles. Sperry stopped 38 shots in the game, while Megan Miller made 16 stops between the pipes for BC.
After Wednesday’s matchup, Boston College will take on Northeastern in a home-and-home series, with the first game at Kelley Rink on Saturday and the second game at Matthews Arena on Sunday. Puck drop for both games is at 2 p.m.