Chestnut Hill, Mass.--The ninth-ranked Boston College Eagles (17-6-2, 11-4-0) finished a season sweep of the Catamounts Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum with a 4-1 win. The Eagles scored three times in the first period before the teams exchanged goals in the second stanza for the final score. Sophomore netminder Johanna Ellison made her fourth start in goal and improved her record to 4-0-0.
Three-hundred and twenty-two fans were in attendance to take part in the WHEA's "Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" event for which Boston College donated all $1,500 in ticket sales to the American Cancer Society and the Friends of Mel Foundation.
The Eagles started off the scoring at 6:22 when junior Cristin Stuart and freshman Allie Thunstrom worked the puck into the Vermont zone up the left wing. Thunstrom quickly shoveled off a pass to sophomore Becky Zavisza across the crease to beat Catamount goalie Shivaun Siegl high. Five minutes later, on a Vermont power play, freshman Kelli Stack took a hard shot, but sophomore Meghan Fardelmann picked up the loose rebound and buried it for her second shorthanded goal on the season.
At 18:13, junior Lee-J Mirasolo gave Boston College a 3-0 lead. After receiving a pass from freshman defender Gabrielle Beaudry, Mirasolo lasered a shot from the point over Siegl's shoulder. The Eagles outshot the Catamounts, 12-1, in the first frame.
With exactly one minute elapsed in the middle period, Stack earned her 25th assist of the season with a feed on junior Lindsay Wright's goal. Late in the second period, the Catamounts responded by tightening their defense and scoring a goal of their own. Kari and Chelsea Furlani hooked up for Chelsea's sixth goal of the season at 17:25. Vermont took more than half of their shots during this period, getting off six to Boston College's 14.
The third period was scoreless and only saw two penalties--two Eagle hooking calls. Boston College outshot Vermont, 8-4, in the third period and 34-11 for the game.
Ellison finished with 10 saves while Siegl made 30 stops on the other end of the ice.
Boston College returns to Conte Forum to host Maine on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.