CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Andie Anastos scored two goals, including the game-winner with five seconds remaining in the third period, and goaltender Corinne Boyles made 24 saves to propel No. 5/6 Boston College to a 3-2 victory over Boston University at Kelley Rink Saturday afternoon.
Boston College trailed twice in the game, 1-0 and 2-1, but was able to tie the score both times before finally scoring the game-winning goal in the final seconds of the game.
The Terriers took an early 1-0 lead at 3:36 of the first period on Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga's second goal of the season. Louise Warren picked up the puck in the BU zone and skated it down the right side of the ice through the neutral zone and into BC territory, where she ripped a shot on net from the top of the right faceoff circle. Corinne Boyles made a pad save on the shot, but directed the disk towards the left faceoff dot where Ribeirinha-Braga grabbed the rebound and lifted a shot into the open net.
The Eagles had two chances late in the opening period to knot the score, but were unable to find the back of the net either time. First, with 4:22 remaining in the opening stanza, Andie Anastos led a three-on-two for BC and fired a shot from the top of the slot that went just wide of the top corner of the net. Second, Haley McLean sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Emily Field on the left edge of the crease, but her one-timer was denied by a diving Kerrin Sperry, keeping the Eagles off the board.
BC had a 15-8 advantage in shot in the first period, but was unable to sneak one past Sperry as the Eagles entered the first intermission down one goal.
Andie Anastos netted her 12th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 at 9:19 of the second period. Emily Pfalzer intercepted a pass along the right boards in BU's zone, skated behind the net and threw a pass across the ice in front of the net to Anastos, who finished the play with a one-timer that she blasted into the net. Sperry was sprawled out on the ice when Anastos shot it because Elia Maddie cross-checked Emily Field into the netminder, knocking her out of position.
The Terriers answered with a late power-play goal to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Ribeirinha-Braga sent a pass along the blue line to Kaleigh Fratkin who fired a shot down the middle of the slot that Louise Warren redirected in front of Boyles and into the bottom right corner of the net.
The Eagles dominated the third period, scoring two goals and taking 23 shots on net to BU's seven.
Lexi Bender scored her third goal of the season with a slapshot from the left side of the slot to knot the score at 2-2 with 11:56 to play in the third period. Emily Field and Haley McLean assisted on the play.
Anastos concluded the scoring with her game winner from between the faceoff circles, securing the 3-2 victory for BC. The freshman center sent a pass along the right boards to Field who circled back towards the net and fired a shot that a BU defender blocked, but Anastos scooped up the rebound and lifted a shot into the top left corner of the net for the goal.
Boyles made 24 saves and improves to 18-5-2. Sperry stopped 47 shots and falls to 18-9-1.
Boston College had a 50-26 edge in shots in the contest.
BC was 0-for-3 on the power play while BU went 1-for-2 on the man advantage.
Boston College (23-6-3, 16-3-1) will play a road game against Boston University Sunday at 3 p.m. in the final game of the regular season.