Chestnut Hill, Mass.--Sophomore Becky Zavisza, and freshmen Allie Thunstrom and Anna McDonald tallied goals in the Eagles' 3-1 win over the Yale Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink. Thunstrom and Zavisza also earned themselves an assist along with junior Erin Blood, and freshmen Kelli Stack and Tracy Johnson. Tenth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey remains undefeated at 4-0-1, while the Bulldogs lose their season-opener.
After the Eagles were held scoreless in the last 44:27 of Saturday's game against Princeton, Zavisza got on the board for the Eagles during the power-play at 4:19. Zavisza took the rebound in front of the net from Thunstrom's shot and sailed it past Yale goalie Shivon Zilis to give the Eagles the 1-0 lead. Blood also earned the assist. Later in the period, Zavisza sent the puck off to Thunstrom at mid-ice, and Thunstrom skated up the ice and beat Zilis one-on-one to pocket the puck for her third goal of the season.
The officials only blew the whistle three times due to penalties during the first stanza. The Eagles went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Bulldogs could not convert their one power-play opportunity. Freshman goaltender Molly Schaus made two saves in the period for Boston College and Zilis collected 10 stops.
The Bulldogs put together some solid scoring opportunities in the second period, putting 17 shots on Schaus. The Eagles were able to kill both penalties against them and they continued to blank the visitors. With 2:27 remaining in the period, Schaus helped this cause with a great glove save high to her left on a rocket shot by Yale's Christina Sharun.
Yale finally did get on the board two minutes into the third period on a goal by Jenna Spring square in front of the net, assisted by Denise Soesilo. At 17:31, the Eagles won back their two goal lead on another converted power-play. Boston College, who went 2-for-5 with the woman advantage, moved the puck well around the net and succeeded on the Johnson-to-Stack-to-McDonald route. Yale finished the game going 0-for-3 on the power-play.
Schaus finished with 29 saves, matching Friday's total and more than doubling her season save total going into this weekend. Zilis made 30 saves in 59:03. The Bulldogs played with an empty net for :57.
The Eagles' next contest will be in Durham, New Hampshire next Friday at 7:00 p.m. as they take on the UNH Wildcats in a rematch of last year's Hockey East tournament championship game.