Chestnut Hill, Mass.--The ninth-ranked Eagles (22-8-2, 14-6-0) defeated Providence Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum by a 6-2 margin for the second straight day. In a game eerily similar to Saturday's contest in Providence, four first period goals and three points from freshman Allie Thunstrom led the way in Boston College's victory.
Thunstrom tallied her 19th and 20th goals in league play, tying the Hockey East record for goals in a season. Freshman Kelli Stack, who also tallied three points on two goals and an assist, tied the league record for assists by a freshman (16) and broke the previous record of 31 points by a rookie. Hockey East records reflect only regular season games played within the conference schedule.
Freshman Anna McDonald, who started the scoring Saturday with a shorthanded goal, opened up the Boston College floodgates again on Sunday with a power play goal assisted by Thunstrom and freshman goalie Molly Schaus. At 6:28, Stack struck, followed by Thunstrom at 7:55. Stack notched her second goal just 1:59 after potting her first one.
PC senior Sonny Watrous was sent to the box for hitting after the whistle late in the first period, and Jenna Keilch scored the Friars' first goal during the shorthanded situation. Boston College entered the first intermission with a 4-1 advantage for the second consecutive game.
Boston College responded to PC's late first period goal with two shorthanded goals of its own in the middle frame. Sophomore Meghan Fardelmann scored her third point of the afternoon in the man-down situation at 7:49. After senior Michelle Lombardi's penalty for interference at 10:32, Thunstrom shelved the puck into the net for the Eagles' sixth goal of the game. Watrous finished the game's scoring by pushing the puck past Schaus at 12:21.
The Eagles clinched their second-straight berth into the Hockey East Tournament with the win. Boston College slipped past Connecticut into second-place and is guaranteed a seed no lower than third in the league tournament.
Boston College will finish the regular season next Saturday at Conte Forum at 7:30 p.m. against Maine. Both seniors will be recognized prior to face-off. -BC-