Senior Florence Schelling made 33 saves and freshman Lucie Povova scored her fourth goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as No. 4 Boston College (7-3-1, 4-2-1 WHEA) snapped No. 8 Northeastern's (10-2-0, 5-1-0) six-game winning streak in a 3-1 decision tonight at Matthews Arena.
The loss is the first of the season for the Huskies at Matthews. Povova's goal tied the score at 1-1 before Allison Szlosek scored off a scramble in front of Schelling's net to put the Eagles ahead to stay at 18:50 of the second period.
Boston College dominated the opening few minutes, pinning the Huskies in their own end until freshman Colleen Murphy was whistled for bodychecking after five minutes. On the ensuing BC power play, however, a furious forecheck from freshman Kendall Coyne drew a tripping call on Dru Burns.
Playing four on four, BC's opportunity appeared to be negated, but the Eagles' Emily Pfalzer took advantage nonetheless. Taking possession along the half-boards at the red line, Pfalzer made a penetrating run into Northeastern's zone, wrapping around the net and finding Melissa Bizzari unmarked in front of goal to snap home her first goal of the season.
Down a goal and with Murphy's penalty expired, Northeastern answered back after a Szlosek bodychecking minor left BC in a five-on-three situation. Burns had only just left the box when freshman Ann Doherty blasted a slap shot from the top of the zone; junior Rachel Llanes' deflection sent the puck screaming off of Corinne Boyles' left pipe, and the carom shot behind Boyles to the weak side where freshman Lucie Povova buried her fourth of the season to tie the game.
Llanes now has a point in each of her last four contests. Povova, whose five-point (2-3-5) effort at Yale on October 22 earned her WHEA Rookie of the Week honors, boasts a three-game point streak.
Kristina Brown would go to the box at 12:20 of the first period, but the Huskies could only use it to overtake the Eagles in the first period's shots battle, 12-11, in a period otherwise controlled mostly by Boston College.
Coyne gave the Huskies the first bona fide chance of the middle frame. As defenseman Jackie Young brought the puck forward through the BC zone, Coyne swooped in, stripped Young of possession, and bore down on Boyles. The Eagles' junior netminder was up to the task, however, putting her right pad to Coyne's backhand effort.
It was Schelling who kept the Huskies afloat for the remainder of the period. Nine minutes into the period, Taylor Wasylk broke through the Northeastern defense and in on goal. But Schelling was wise to her backhand deke, stretching her left pad across her goal to keep the game tied.
Schelling would repeat her heroics just six minutes, this time on a breakaway chance for Blake Bolden. With Bolden deking to her forehand side, Schelling once again got her left pad to the shot, her skate hitting her left post just in time the bar the way in.
With breakaways bearing little fruit, BC would finally break through in rugby style. Ashley Motherwell's shot from along the goal line, saved by Schelling, caused a scrum in front of net, and after another Schelling save, Szlosek was able to sneak in and jab the puck in to give Boston College a 2-1 lead at 18:50 of the second.
The Eagles would continue that strategy in the third period, and when Llanes was sent off for a tripping minor at 1:55, use it to put themselves out of sight. Young found Danielle Welch at the left circle, and after Schelling saved her first wrist shot straight back to her, her second caused yet another scramble in front of net, where Emily Field was waiting at the back door to double the Eagles' lead.
Field's power play goal was the first against Northeastern in its last 20 chances.
The Huskies controlled the run of play in the third period, but none of their 18 shots found its way past Boyles, who turned aside 40 Northeastern shots on the evening. Northeastern coach Dave Flint pulled Schelling for an extra attacker with 84 seconds to play; still the BC defense held fast, finally clearing the zone with Field's effort from distance going inches wide of the empty net as time expired
Schelling, the victim of the two goalmouth scrambles, was nearly up to Boyles' standard, saving 33 Boston College shots. Tonight marks just the second game in 11 starts that Schelling has surrendered more than two goals - the first time was the Huskies' other loss, Oct. 21 at Princeton.
Little rest awaits these two teams, who will reunite tomorrow night at BC's Conte Forum. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.