BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Kelli Stack had a goal and three assists as eighth-ranked Boston College blanked Vermont, 5-0, in women's Hockey East action Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Like the game Friday night between the two schools, Vermont was able to skate with the Hockey East co-leader for much of the contest but found itself on the short end of the result.
"Once again I thought we did a lot of good things against a real good team," said Vermont head coach Tim Bothwell. "As a team we skated very well and won more battles for the puck. Our forwards did a great job forechecking to create some turnovers and the defense also moved the puck very well. Overall, it was a very good effort that we can build on against the conference teams we have coming up."
With the win, Boston College (14-5-2, 8-3-0 Hockey East) remained tied with New Hampshire in the Hockey East standings. UVM (3-16-2, 1-8-1) closes out its four-game homestand against three of the top four teams in the conference, a stretch that opened with a big victory over then-first place UConn.
The Catamounts controlled play for many parts of the first period and had a 10-8 edge in shots but it was the Eagles who first found the net. After Vermontís Jackie Thode (Aurora, Colo.) and Kristi Anderson (Naperville, Ill.) had shots turned away by BC goalie Johanna Ellison, Becky Zavissa popped in a rebound of her own shot to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
In the second, BC's Brie Baskin made it 2-0 at 8:44 again punching in a rebound of a Stack. With six seconds left in the period, Meghan Fardelmann (also two assists on the day) scored a heart-breaking goal to make it 3-0. Stack and Jessica Wilson closed out the scoring in the third period.
UVM goalie Shivaun Siegl (Livonia, N.Y.) made 23 saves while BC's Johanna Ellison stopped all 16 shots for her second straight shutout. Only four penalties were whistled in the hard-fought but clean contest. BC connected on one of its three power play opportunites while the Cats were 0-for-1.
Vermont is on the road for its next four games starting next Saturday, Jan. 27, at Maine. UVMís next home action is Feb. 10-11 when it hosts a two-game series also against Maine 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 Rallyís Roundup members are admitted free to all home womenís hockey games.