Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College recorded its second shutout of the season, beating Vermont, 4-0, Friday afternoon. Eight Eagles contributed to the Hockey East win as BC evened its record at 9-9-6 and improved its conference record to 5-6-2. The Catamounts dropped to 5-19-1, 1-10-1 in league play.
Sophomore Allie Thunstrom got the scoring started for the Eagles, notching her 11th goal of the season in the ninth minute of the first period. She stole the puck from a Vermont defensman at the blue line and took Catamount goalie, Kristen Olychuck, one-on-one for the score. Senior Lindsay Wright and junior Becky Zavisza picked up the assists.
Thunstrom's classmate, forward Kelli Stack, scored both BC goals in the second stanza. First she collected the puck during a scramble in front of the UVM net and nailed it past Olychuck to give the Eagles a two-goal lead at the 6:18 mark. Senior Deb Spillane and junior Meghan Fardelmann were credited with the assists. Three minutes later, Stack fired a slap shot off passes from Spillane and freshman Katelyn Kurth for her 13th goal of the season.
Thunstrom finished the day with another goal, scoring with a little over five minutes to play in the game. Junior Stephanie Olchowski pushed the puck up ice to Wright who found Thunstrom. Thunstrom landed the shot over Olycjuck's left shoulder for the Eagles' fourth goal of the day. Wright recorded her third assist and third multiple-point game while Olchowski notched her second assist.
Olychuck recorded 31 saves in the losing effort while sophomore goalie Molly Schaus stopped 17 shots. Freshman goaltender Amanda Rothschild saw the first action of her collegiate career, playing the last 10 minutes and picking up three saves.
The Eagles killed the Catamounts' five power plays and only allowed two power-play shots by pushing the puck up ice and keeping it in their offensive end. Vermont was able to stop both of BC's man-up advantages.
The two teams take the ice at Kelley Rink again on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. for the final game of the season series.