Durham, N.H.--For the first time this season, ninth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey was shutout, 4-0, at the Whittemore Center by third-ranked Mercyhurst College in the UNH Thanksgiving Tournament. Unable to generate any offense, the Eagles drop to 9-2-1 while the Lakers (11-1-1) rebound from their first loss of the season. Freshman netminder Molly Schaus made 32 saves for the Eagles.
In two first period power plays, the Eagles could only get off one shot on goal while hitting the target four times overall in the first twenty minutes. The Boston College defense killed two penalties and was battered early with 16 shots, with Schaus making 15 saves. The lone goal of the period came at 15:09 off the stick of Mercyhurst's Stefanie Bourbeau. After getting a feed from Valerie Chouinard near the blueline, Bourbeau took the puck up the left lane the rest of the way and shoveled the puck low into the right side of the net.
The Eagles continued to have problems clearing the puck away from their net in the second period. While at the tail end of a penalty kill from late in the first frame, sophomore Maggie Taverna was called for body checking. Seconds after 5-on-4 play resumed, Chouinard picked up her second point on the afternoon with a goal assisted by Bourbeau. At 12:29, the Lakers increased their lead to 3-0 when Stephanie Jones deflected a cross by Natalie Payne past Schaus.
Mercyhurst capped off their three-goal second period with a shorthanded breakaway goal from Meghan Agosta. In the middle frame, the Lakers outshot the Eagles, 17-5. Boston College failed to convert on their only power play opportunity of the period.
Boston College outshot Mercyhurst 7-3 in the third period, but still could not find the back of the net. Mercyhurst protected their four goal lead to pick up the victory.
For the game, the Eagles were 0-for-4 on the power play, allowing a shorthanded goal, while the Lakers went 1-for-3 with the man advantage. Mercyhurst doubled up on Boston College, 36-16, in shots.
The UNH Tournament continues on Saturday when the Eagles play the Wayne State Warriors. Face-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.