Freshman defenseman Alexis Crossley had two goals and an assist for the Wildcats
DURHAM, N.H. -- Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) scored a pair of goals including the game-winning goal with a power play goal at 9:53 of the third period to lift the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to a 4-3 upset win of fourth-ranked Boston College on Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
The win improves the Wildcats to 3-1-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in Hockey East play while the Eagles fall to 0-2-0 on the year and in conference play.
Crossley put New Hampshire on the board with the first goal of the game at 11:11 in the first period. Arielle O'Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario) dished the puck to Crossley while Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) garnered the secondary assist for her first of two on the day. Boston College tied the score at 1-1 with 6:16 remaining in the period when Dan Trivigno scored her first goal of the day. She was assisted by Meghan Grieves and Blake Bolden. With one period in the books, the game was deadlocked at 1-1.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead just over two minutes into the second period on a goal by Meghan Grieves for her second point of the game. Ashley Motherwell tallied the lone assist on the play. BC extended its lead just under five minutes later when Trivigno notched her second goal of the game. Haley Skarupa found Trivigno on the play for the assist. Kristin Horn (Utica, Mich.) cut the Eagles' lead to 3-2 when she rifled a shot that beat Boston College netminder Megan Miller and found the back of the net. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) and Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.) set up the play to assist Horn.
In the third period, Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) leveled the score at 3-3 with her team leading fourth goal of the season while Curtis tallied her fourth assist of the year on the play. Crossley dished out the secondary assist for her second point of the night. At 9:53, just nine seconds into a power play, UNH took quick advantage of the opportunity and tallied the game-winning goal. Crossley scored her third of the season and second of the game on the play to put the Wildcats up 4-3. Horn and O'Neill notched their second points of the game with the assists on the play. At the end of three periods of play, UNH topped the fourth-ranked Boston College Eagles, 4-3.
Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) got her third win of the year in net for the Wildcats after making 32 saves on 35 shots faced. Her record stands at 3-1-0. Miller picked up the loss for BC in her first game of the season after allowing four goals on 24 shots. BC was 0-for-1 on the power play while UNH was 1-for-1 with the advantage.
The Wildcats will wrap up the weekend series with the Eagles Sunday as they travel to Boston College for an afternoon game. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.