MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - No. 10 Boston College came from behind to tie No. 5 Minnesota, 2-2, in overtime. Five Eagles from Minnesota returned to their home state to record their fourth tie of the season, giving BC a 8-7-4 record. The Gophers' record improved to 14-4-3. Sophomore forward Allie Thunstrom, from Maplewood, Minn, recorded both Eagles' goals in the draw.
The Gophers scored the first goal of the game, quickly netting a score at the 1:06 mark in the first period. Gigi Marvin scored off Brittany Francis's rebound to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles killed the only power play of the period when senior Lindsay Wright was called for hooking with 1:54 left in the stanza. Sophomore goalie Molly Schaus saved 12 shots in the period, including two during the man-up advantage and the team blocked the other three shots.
Minnesota increased its lead when Anya Miller tallied her sixth goal of the season in the 13th minute of the second period. Kelli Blackenship and Brittany Francis recorded the assists.
Thunstrom cut the lead to one less than two minutes later when she scored her fourth unassisted goal after stealing the puck in Gophers' territory.
The Gophers outshot the Eagles, 20-7, in the second, and Schaus recorded 19 saves, including five power-play shots. BC killed all three of Minnesota's power-play chances, while going 0-1 on its own opportunity.
With only 1:28 left to go in the game, Thunstrom scored her second goal of the day to even the score. The Eagles unleashed a barrage of shots at Minnesota goalie Kim Hanlon and Thunstrom was able to slip her ninth goal of the year over the line. Sophomore Kelli Stack and senior Deborah Spillane recorded the assists on the tying goal.
Schaus made two saves in overtime and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The Gophers outshot the Eagles, 45-30, and Schaus ended the day with 43 saves. Hanlon registered 28 stops. Both teams came up short on power plays, the Eagles stopping all four of the Gophers' opportunities and the Gophers killing the Eagles' three chances.
The two teams take the ice again tomorrow, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. CST, for the second game of the two-day series.