Tuesday, February 12, 2008
BOSTON COLLEGE TOPS NORTHEASTERN, 2-1
Boston, Mass. - Sophomores Allie Thunstrom and Kelli Stack netted two first-period goals to lead the Eagles to a 2-1 win over Northeastern in the consolation game of the 30th Annual Women's Beanpot on Tuesday night. The Eagles improved to an even record at 11-11-6 (6-7-2 in Hockey East), while the Huskies fell to 6-19-3. BC evened the season series at 2-2 with the win.
Thunstrom netted the Eagles' first goal at the 8:47 mark in the first period. Junior Shannon Webster fed the puck to Thunstrom, who broke free in front of the blue line. Thunstrom fired a shot that sailed past goalie Leah Sulyma for her 13th score of the year. Webster tallied her first assist of the season on the play.
With 11 seconds left in the period, linemates senior Deborah Spillane and Kelli Stack hooked up for the 13th time this season for BC's second goal. Spillane won the faceoff in the Huskies' end and nailed Stack waiting at the left goalpost. Stack's wrister found the back of the net for her 15th goal of the season. Spillane leads the team with 17 assists.
The Eagles dominated the second stanza, outshooting the Huskies, 19-4, and keeping the puck in their offensive end for most of the 20 minutes. They killed both NU's power-play opportunities but could not score on their one chance of the period.
The Huskies gained a goal back at the 14:09 mark in the final frame on a scramble in front of the Eagles' net. Kristi Kehoe fired a shot from the left faceoff circle. Lindsay Berman tried to put the rebound in, but goalie Molly Schaus made another stop. Chelsey Jones was able to finally put the puck over the red line for her 12th goal of the season.
BC killed NU's fifth power play with 33 seconds left to preserve the one-goal lead. Northeastern pulled Sulyma with 18 seconds remaining, but could not capitalize with the extra-man advantage and BC pulled out the win.
The Eagles outshot the Huskies, 41-19, and only allowed four power-play shots. They managed to get off seven power-play shots on their two man-up advantages but could not notch a goal. Schaus registered 18 saves while Sulyma recorded 39.
BC travels to Orono, Maine for a two-game series with Maine beginning on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.