Chestnut Hill, Mass. - No. 7 Boston College battled Maine to a 3-2 victory on Saturday night to tally its first Hockey East win. The Eagles are now 4-1-1 on the season, 1-1-0 in conference matchups. The Black Bears are winless in the conference with a 0-1-1 record and are 1-5-1 overall.
BC scored its first short-handed goal of the season to go ahead 1-0. Senior Deborah Spillane dished to sophomore Allie Thunstrom, who was positioned directly in the front of the goal. Thunstrom knocked the puck past junior goaltender Genevieve Turgeon in the fifth minute of action.
The Eagles increased their lead in the second period with two more goals by juniors Meghan Fardelmann and Shannon Webster. Fardelmann notched the second goal of the game 4:36 into the second stanza on a dish from sophomore Kelli Stack. Stack found Fardelmann after a pass from junior Maggie Taverna. Stack recorded her first assist of the year, while Fardelmann tallied her third goal in 2007-08.
Webster knocked in the second goal of the period to record her first point of the year. Taverna dished to Fardelmann, who nailed Webster. Webster pushed up ice and fired the puck just inside the right circle in the sixth minute. Taverna currently leads the team with five assists.
Maine cut the lead to two in the middle of the second period on a two-man advantage. Sophomore Elyce Thomas fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line in dead center ice to give the Black Bears their first goal in the 12th minute. Freshman Jennie Gallo and sophomore Taryn Peacock were credited with the assists.
Peacock cut the lead to one with 1:35 remaining in the game. Junior Vanessa Vani passed the puck to Peacock, who nailed the back of the net on a slap shot from the right circle. Time expired before Maine could even the score and Boston College took away the win.
The Eagles outshot the Black Bears in the win, 29-17. Turgeon recorded 26 saves, including 13 in the third period. BC goalie, sophomore Molly Schaus, stopped 15 shots. The Eagles converted one of their three power plays, taking eight shots overall, while the Black Bears were unsuccessful in four attempts.
Boston College takes the ice at Kelley Rink on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. for another Hockey East matchup against Providence.