Chestnut Hill, Mass.--Freshmen Allie Thunstrom and Kelli Stack each potted a pair of goals en route to ninth-ranked Boston College's 6-0 victory over the University of Maine (7-15-2, 2-10-2) Sunday afternoon at Kelley Rink. The win, the Eagles' third straight, keeps Boston College (18-6-2, 12-4-0) atop the Hockey East standings with a three-point cushion.
Sophomore Becky Zavisza took several hard shots on goal to open the first period--including one shorthanded--but it was line mate junior Deborah Spillane who scored the game's first goal. Spillane stole the puck from a defender near center ice, brought the puck up and potted the frame's lone goal. The Eagles entered the first intermission with a 1-0 lead and 15-4 advantage in shots.
Boston College burst open for three goals in the second stanza beginning at 6:40 when Thunstrom scored on a puck off of junior Erin Blood's stick. Zavisza also earned credit on the assist for feeding the puck from the left wing. Thunstrom notched the Eagles' third goal of the game after Zavisza skated up the ice with the puck and Spillane flipped it to Thunstrom from right outside the crease at 8:41. Junior Lindsay Wright finished off the second period's scoring with her second goal of the weekend. Stack took the initial shot before sophomore Meghan Fardelmann corralled the rebound and sent it to Wright.
The Eagles added two more goals in the third frame, both off of Stack's stick. At 1:51 into the final period, Stack picked up the puck near the Maine blue line and turned around to blast a shot by Maine's goalie, Genevieve Turgeon. Stack converted the Eagles' only power play goal of the weekend at 12:34 when she received the puck on the left side from freshman defender Gabrielle Beaudry on the right and buried the sixth goal of the afternoon.
Turgeon stopped 14 shots in the first, 12 in the second and 11 in the third for a game total of 37. Freshman netminder Molly Schaus made the start for the Eagles and finished with 14 saves and her fourth shutout. The Eagles outshot the Black Bears, 43-14, and converted one power play in seven opportunities. Maine went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Boston College will travel to UNH on Saturday for a battle between the top two teams in the Hockey East standings. Game time is 2:00 p.m.