CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - No. 10 Boston College scored three goals in the second period and three in the third to defeat ninth-ranked Connecticut, 6-3, Saturday night at Kelley Rink. Forwards Deborah Spillane and Kelli Stack each nailed two goals in the victory, which improved BC's record to 7-3-3, 4-3-1 in Hockey East play. The Huskies drop to 11-3-1, 4-2-1 against conference opponents.
Connecticut scored the only goal in the first period at the 16:54 mark on a power play. Sophomore Amy Hollistein found freshman Jody Sydor centered between the face off circles. Sydor nailed the puck past sophomore goalie Molly Schaus.
The Eagles came out firing in the second period. Junior Meghan Fardelmann scored BC's first goal in the fourth minute off a scramble in front of the net. Fardelmann was able to collect the puck and put it past junior goaltender Brittany Wilson for her sixth score of the year. Sophomore Kelli Stack was credited with the assist, her sixth.
Less than two minutes later, Stack notched a goal of her own to give the Eagles a one-point advantage. Senior Colleen Harris fed Stack the puck, who broke lose and faked out Wilson for her sixth goal of the season.
The Huskies evened it up in the 17th minute when senior Jaclyn Hawkins controlled the puck in front of the Eagles' net and put it past Schaus. Junior Nicole Tritter was credited with her fifth assist.
Spillane put the Eagles back up one in the final minute of the period when she received Stack's pass and circled around the back of the net to fire a shot from the right circle. The go-ahead goal marked Spillane's sixth of the season.
The Eagles kept up the scoring in the third period by netting three more goals. In the 10th minute, Spillane recorded her second goal of the day, this time unassisted, on a slap shot from the right side of the crease.
UConn junior Kristen Russell pulled the Huskies within one when she put Sydor's rebound past Schaus for her first goal of the season.
Stack fired back, netting the Eagles' fifth goal two minutes later on a power play. She paired up with Spillane, who found her at center ice, just below the blue line. Stack's slap shot sailed past Wilson for the score.
The Eagles registered one more goal with four minutes to play when sophomore Shannon Webster put classmate Gabrielle Beaudry's rebound in the cage. Beaudry tallied her first point of the season and Webster recorded her second goal.
The Eagles outshot the Huskies, 27-21, and killed six of their seven power plays. They also converted two of four man-up opportunities. Schaus recorded 18 saves and Wilson recorded 21.
The Eagles take on crosstown rivial Boston University for the first time this season on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. on the Terriers' home ice.