Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The No. 5 Boston College women's ice hockey dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the Boston Blades in an exhibition game on Saturday at Kelley Rink.
The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno. Trivigno put back a rebound over the shoulder of former Eagles netminder Molly Schaus to give BC a 2-0 lead at 18:10 of the first. The teams were even after 20 minutes at eight shots apiece.
The Blades controlled much of the second period play with a 20-6 shot advantage and was able to cut the deficit to 2-1 on a goal by Hilary Knight at the 17:06 mark. Shots were 28-14 in favor of the Blades after 40 minutes.
The Blades tied the game just nine seconds into the third period as Caitlin Cahow threw a shot on goal that took an odd bounce and eluded Miller to knot the game at 2. Knight scored again at 5:33 and former Eagle Kelli Stack put the Blades up 4-2 just 1:11 later. Kate Leary cut the deficit down to one for the Eagles as she hammered home a rebound of her own shot at 8:32. BC mounted pressure in the final 10 minutes but couldn't score the equalizer. The Eagles outshot the Blades 13-6 in the final stanza with the Blades holding a 34-27 overall shot advantage.
Sophomore goaltender Megan Miller made 30 saves in the loss while former Eagle Molly Schaus stopped 24 in the win for the Blades.
Notes: Stack led both teams with eight shots on goal ... Skarupa, Trivigno, and Meghan Grieves all registered their first points ... Power Plays: Blades 0-3, Eagles 0-2.
The Eagles return to action next Saturday as they travel up to Durham, N.H. for a Hockey East tilt against UNH.