Chestnut Hill, Mass.--The Connecticut Huskies (10-4-1, 7-1-1) defeated the tenth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team, 4-2, at Kelley Rink on Saturday afternoon to pick up two points in the league standings. The Eagles outshot the Huskies in each period, but UConn netminder Brittany Wilson stopped 37 shots for the game.
UConn scored three times in the first period to get the ball rolling. Liza Gallinaro, Amy Hollstein and Leslie Hurlburt each beat Eagles goaltender Molly Schaus for even-strength goals. For the period, the Eagles outshot the Huskies, 10-8. Neither team could capitalize on the power play, going a combined 0-for-4.
At 15:15 of the second period, Boston College lit the lamp for the first time in the game. Sophomore defense Maggie Taverna started the play from mid-ice by passing the puck up to classmate Becky Zavisza. Zavisza took a shot just over the blue line and had it blocked by a UConn skater. The rebounded puck landed right back to Zavisza's stick for the sophomore to laser a shot past Wilson from the point. The Huskies protected their lead for the remainder of the frame, and left for the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.
The Huskies' Natalie Vibert took advantage of a third period Boston College power play at 1:10. After gaining possession of the puck in front of her net, Vibert raced down to the other end of the ice for an unassisted shorthanded goal. The Eagles retaliated with their second goal during the same power play. At 2:15, Zavisza fed the puck in front of Wilson. Junior Deborah Spillane got a stick on it before freshman Allie Thunstrom slid it into the net for the final tally of the game.
The rest of the game remained scoreless despite a long list of penalties whistled. Each team sent two skaters to the penalty box in a two-minute span in the third period. Boston College pulled Schaus from net with 2:47 left on the clock, but sent her back out on the ice for the final eight seconds.
The Eagles finished the game 1-for-8 with the man advantage and the Huskies went 0-for-6 on the power play. Schaus recorded 15 saves in 57:21 and allowed one shorthanded goal.
Boston College (10-3-1, 5-2-0) travels to Providence on Sunday to face-off against the Friars at 2:00 p.m.