Chestnut Hill, Mass.--For the second time in as many games, the eighth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team (13-5-2, 7-3-0) broke out in a three-goal period to defeat its opponent. Tuesday night, the Eagles upended conference foe Northeastern (3-16-1, 2-9-1), 4-1, at Kelley Rink to pick up two points in the standings. Sophomore Meghan Fardelmann scored two quick goals in the second period to give Boston College a 3-0 lead at the time.
It didn't take long to figure out that the contest would be a scrappy one. Five minutes into the game, freshman Allie Thunstrom was taken down while speeding down center ice, and ended up in the boards behind the net. After regaining the breath taken out of her and shaking off the fall, Thunstrom took Boston College's first penalty shot of the season, just missing and nicking the post.
Sophomore Lauren Wiedmeier tallied her second goal of the season to open the scoring when she received a break out pass from junior Erin Blood, skated the length of the ice and shot a laser deflecting off of Northeastern goalie Stacey Scott's left shoulder and into the net.
Boston College did not hesitate building on their lead once the second period began as Fardelmann notched two goals in two and a half minutes to give the Eagles the 3-0 lead. The first one at :42 came off sophomore Maggie Taverna's rebounded shot. Freshman defense Gabrielle Beaudry also earned the assist. Fardelmann's second goal came quickly off a face-off which freshman Anna McDonald initially took and fed to classmate Kelli Stack. Stack promptly sent the puck cross the crease to Fardelmann who was waiting to bury the goal at 3:19. Sophomore Becky Zavisza rounded out the Boston College scoring on the power play midway through the second half.
The Huskies answered back with :15 remaining in the middle frame on the power play. Marie Desrosiers beat Eagle netminder Molly Schaus with help from Colleen Sanborn and Ginny Berg. Despite Boston College's three goals, Northeastern outshot the Eagles, 10-9, in the second period.
Scott made some spectacular saves in the third period to prevent Boston College from increasing their lead. After making 17 saves in the first period and six in the second, Scott stopped 15 more in the final stanza to finish with 38 total. The Eagles took a 15-1 shot advantage in the third period. Schaus finished with 19 saves on the evening.
Both teams converted on special teams. Boston College went 2-for-5 on the power play while Northeastern went 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
The Eagles travel to Burlington to face Vermont this weekend for the first time this season. Friday's contest will start at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's will begin at 4:00 p.m.