Sophomore forward Allie Thunstrom nets game-winner for Eagles

Sophomore forward Allie Thunstrom scored the game-winner for Boston College.

Troy, N.Y.óNo. 8 Boston College defeated Rensselaer, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Houston Field House. The Eagles are begin the season with a win, while the Engineers lose the first game of the season.

RPI was the first to get on board, scoring in the 12th minute of the first period. Kelly Barbera scored on the teamís first power play of the game. The Eagles were down to three players on the ice. Mel Guillemette was credited with the assist.

The Engineers outshot the Eagles 13-7 in the first period and sophomore goaltender Molly Schaus recorded 12 saves. Neither team was able to score in the second period. Schaus recorded 11 saves and her counterpart Ashley Mayr tallied 13.

The Eagles evened the score in the third period on a goal by junior Meghan Fardelmann in the second minute. Fardelmann slid the puck past RPI goalie Ashley Mayr, who recorded 10 saves in the period. Sophomore Allie Thunstrom and junior Maggie Taverna recorded the assists. Schaus tallied eight saves in the period.

With both teams failing to score the game-winning goal in regulation, the contest moved into overtime. Sophomore Allie Thunstrom scored the unassisted gamewinner 2:29 into overtime to give the Eagles their seventh season-opening win.

Overall shots were almost even, with RPI having a slight edge, 37-34. Schaus recorded 36 saves to Mayrís 32. On the power play, the Eagles were 0-5, while the Engineers were 1-8 in their power play opportunities.

Boston College will play their home opener against Colgate on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.