BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Propelled by a 4-for-6 effort on the power play,
eighth-ranked Boston College skated past Vermont, 7-0, in women’s Hockey
East action Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Meghan Fardelmann, Kelli Stack and Allie Thunstrom each scored a pair of
goals as BC (14-5-2, 8-3-0) moved into a first-place tie with New
Hampshire in the Hockey East standings. UVM falls to 3-16-2 overall and
1-8-1 in league play. Despite the result, Vermont coach Tim Bothwell was
positive on his team’s effort.
“That was the best I have seen a team play in a 7-0 loss,” said
Bothwell. “Tonight we did more good things collectively moving the puck
which is real encouraging. We need to improve our play in front of the
net, particularly in our own end. Boston College is a very skilled team
and we cannot give them any extra chances in front of the net. We skated
very well but we have to be much stronger in winning battles for the puck.”
The Catamounts had several chances to get on the board, especially in
the first two periods, but BC goalie Johanna Ellison stopped all 15 UVM
shots to pick up the shutout. Vermont’s Jessica Murphy (Shoreview,
Minn.) had a big chance in the goalmouth area in the first period and in
the second, Ellison made strong saves on Caroline Donahue (Westwood,
Mass.) and Jackie Thode (Aurora, Colo.).
Fardelmann opened the scoring with a power play goal with 51 seconds
left in the first period and just 16 seconds later, Stack made it 2-0.
Deb Spillane, who also finished with two assists, and Stack tacked on
power play goals in the second stanza. Fardelmann and Thunstrom, with
both of her goals, closed out the scoring in the third.
In addition to its excellent power play effort, Boston College killed
all four of Vermont’s penalties. BC outshot the Catamounts, 39-15, for
the game. UVM goalie Jenilee Roy (Sandown, N.H.) finished with 32 saves.
The Catamounts and Eagles wrap up the series Saturday at 2:00pm at
Gutterson Fieldhouse. For ticket information, please contact the UVM
Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-4CAT-TIX or log on to uvmathletics.com.
UVM students (with a valid ID) and all Rally’s Roundup members are
admitted free to all home women’s hockey games.