Durham, N.H.--Four Eagles tallied goals to help ninth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey rebound from the previous day's loss and defeat Wayne State, 5-4, during the UNH Thanksgiving Tournament at the Whittemore Center. Junior co-captain Deborah Spillane registered her first multiple goal game since the Beanpot Tournament finale on February 14.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Freshman Anna McDonald received a pass from classmate Kelli Stack and sent a feed in front of the net from the left face-off circle. Spillane was waiting to one-time the puck into the net just 10 seconds into a power play. Less than two minutes later, freshman Allie Thunstrom sped up the left lane and blasted the puck into the goal. Sophomore Erin Blood and McDonald earned the assists.
The Warriors swapped starting goaltender Tiffany Thompson for Valery Turcotte at 11:13, and Wayne State subsequently tied the game. Lindsay DiPietro beat Boston College freshman netminder Molly Schaus in the two-hole for the first goal, and DiPietro earned the assist on Sam Poyton's game-tying goal at 15:30. The Eagles killed a penalty at 17:20 before Spillane notched her second goal with 23 seconds remaining in the frame to give Boston College the 3-2 edge at the first intermission despite a 9-7 shots on goal advantage for the Warriors.
Boston College used the momentum from the end of the first for a strong middle stanza and scored at 5:46 to increase their lead to 4-2. Sophomore Lauren Wiedmeier potted her first career goal after senior co-captain Michelle Lombardi and Thunstrom emerged from a scuffle to the right of Turcotte and fed the puck to the sophomore out in front of the net. Wayne State earned back that goal at 6:55 on the power play when Schaus was not able to corral Poyton's shot before it deflected of her chest and into the back of the goal.
Blood tipped in her first goal of the season at 12:41 of the third frame. Wayne State slimmed the lead down to one goal for the third time when the Warriors' Chelsea Burnett capped off the scoring with help from DiPietro. DiPietro figured into each of Wayne State's four goals on the afternoon.
Schaus finished the game with 18 saves, for a grand total of 50 stops on the weekend. Turcotte finished the last 48:32 with 18 saves for the Warriors. The Eagles went 2-for-3 on the power play.
The Eagles return home to host UConn on Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m.