BOSTON COLLEGE SKATES PAST NORTHEASTERN, 4-1
Senior Kelli Stack, junior Mary Restuccia and sophomore Blake Bolden each post goal and assist for Eagles
Rachel Llanes notched a shorthanded goal, but Molly Schaus made 31 saves to lead No. 6 Boston College to a 4-1 win over the No. 10 Huskies at Matthews Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Northeastern (13-6-4, 5-4-3 Hockey East). Boston College (14-4-4, 8-2-2 Hockey East) has now defeated the Huskies twice at Matthews Arena this season.
Kelli Stack and Blake Bolden each notched a goal and an assist while Dru Burns added two assists to lead the Eagles. Both teams earned their fair share of scoring opportunities in the first frame, and both goaltenders stood strong. Florence Schelling (32 saves) made 14 saves in the first period while Schaus made 11 saves.
Northeastern outplayed BC for a majority of the second stanza, and the Huskies' strong forecheck earned them a power play at the 14:59 mark of the period. Schaus and the penalty kill kept a clean sheet, however.
BC earned a power play of its own with 2:28 remaining in the second period when Sonia St. Martin was sent to the box for hooking. The Eagles capitalized 21 seconds later when Kelli Stack notched her 23rd goal of the season. Schelling saved Blake Bolden's initial shot, but Stack was in perfect position to deposit the rebound into an open net. Katelyn Kurth earned the secondary assist.
Northeastern nearly evened the score in the final minute of the second stanza. Katie MacSorley was stoned on the right post, and the puck then squirted out to the left point and onto the stick of Stephanie Gavronsky, who rifled a shot off the right post. The officials reviewed the goal at the end of the period, but the puck never crossed the goal line and the score stood, 1-0.
The BC offense saved its goals for the third period, as the Eagles lit the lamp three times. The first two goals came within 23 seconds of each other. First, Mary Restuccia potted her seventh goal of the season to put BC up, 2-0. Then, at 7:41 of the third period, Blake Bolden converted on the power play to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. Northeastern kept battling, however, and after taking another penalty, the Huskies were rewarded with a shorthanded tally. Llanes intercepted a pass in the BC zone and despite Schaus making a save on the first attempt, Llanes had a wide open net for the rebound to collect her ninth goal of the season. The Eagles added a fourth goal 30 seconds later on that same power play when Danielle Doherty tipped home a Dru Burns shot to retake a three-goal advantage at 4-1.
Northeastern will look to get back on a winning track when the Huskies host New Hampshire at Matthews Arena on Saturday, Jan. 22. All proceeds from the game will benefit Hockey East Skating Strides in the fight against breast cancer.