Chestnut Hill, Mass.--Tenth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey upset second-ranked New Hampshire, 7-2, Thursday night at Kelley Rink. The Eagles opened up a four-goal lead in the second period, and never looked back. Boston College improves to 6-1-1 on the season, while New Hampshire falls to 9-1-0. This was the first regular season loss by New Hampshire since falling to Boston College, 3-2 in overtime, on November 5, 2005 at Kelley Rink. The win by the Eagles also ended the Wildcats' streak of 23 consecutive wins in the regular season.
The Eagles jumped out to one-goal lead in the first period on short-handed goal by freshman Allie Thunstrom on an assist by Kelli Stack at 13:35. Less than five minutes later, sophomore Becky Zavisva scored a power play goal. Boston College would cushion their lead 54 seconds later when freshman Megan Keever found the back of the net on a quick pass by junior Erin Blood. Even though the Eagles were outshot 11-9 in the first period, they headed to the locker room with a 3-0 lead after the first stanza.
Boston College came out of the first intermission firing, scoring only 58 seconds into the second period on the second goal of the night by freshman Allie Thunstrom. Zavisza added the assist. The Wildcats then pulled starting goaltender Melissa Bourdon, who surrendered the four goals on 11 shots.
New Hampshire would get on the board at 2:59 of the second period on a power play goal by sophomore Kacey Bellamy. Boston College responded later in the period with goals by Megan Keever, her second of the game, and freshman Kelli Stack, giving the Eagles a commanding 6-1 lead after two periods.
Both teams would add tallies in the third period, as New Hampshire found the back of the net on a shot by Jennifer Hitchcock, while Becky Zavisza scored her second goal of the evening for the Eagles.
New Hampshire outshot Boston College 40-24, but were only 1-for-6 on the power play. The Eagles went 1-for-4 on their power play chances. The seven goals scored by Boston College was the most against a New Hampshire opponent, since Providence College defeated the Wilcats, 7-4, during the 2003 season. The Wildcats used all three goaltenders.
Boston College will host Boston University at 2:00 p.m. at Conte Forum on Saturday, November 4.