Chestnut Hill, Mass.--Sophomore Becky Zavisza notched two goals to lead the number eight Boston College Eagles past the Maine Black Bears Saturday night at Conte Forum on Senior Night. The victory improves the Eagles to 23-8-2 on the season and 15-6-0 in Hockey East. Junior Deborah Spillane registered her 100th career point during the second period of her 96th collegiate game.
With the win and a UConn loss earlier in the afternoon, Boston College clinched the number two seed in the Hockey East Tournament next Saturday, March 3 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. for the second consecutive season. The Eagles will play either UConn or Providence in the semifinal.
Freshman Kelli Stack started the scoring at 6:37 of the first period. After receiving feeds from classmate Anna McDonald and sophomore Meghan Fardelmann in the right face-off circle, Stack skated in front of Maine goalie Rachel Gettings and back-handed a shot into the top of the net.
During the first Eagle power play midway through the first period, Maine's senior Sonia Corriveau stole the puck from junior Erin Blood and started a breakaway. Blood and freshman Allie Thunstrom pursued, and with a beautiful check, Thunstrom was able to skate away with the puck and avert a shorthanded scoring opportunity for the Black Bears. The Eagles outshot Maine 10-3 in the first frame, but went into the first intermission with just the 1-0 lead.
Zavisza struck for her first goal of the evening at 16:39 of the second period during a power play. Thunstrom took a shot through traffic on the right side of the net. Gettings saved the puck, but the rebound sailed to the left where Zavisza was alone to take the easy slapshot. With 1.1 seconds on the clock in the period, with both teams down a skater, Spillane stole the puck in neutral territory and passed it up to Thunstrom at the center position. Thunstrom buried the puck to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead after two periods.
Zavisza connected with another rebound for the second goal at 15:19 of the final frame. Junior Cristin Stuart took the hard shot from the left point to create the opportunity.
Molly Schaus made 20 saves for the Eagles, earning her fifth shutout, while Gettings stopped 33 shots.