Chestnut Hill, Mass. -Senior captain Mary Restuccia assisted three unanswered goals to lift the fourth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team past Clarkson, 3-2, on Friday evening at Kelley Rink. The Eagles (14-6-1) relied on goals from juniors Ashley Motherwell, Blake Bolden and Dru Burns to defeat the Golden Knights (12-6-4).
Junior Corinne Boyles stopped 32 shots, her sixth 30-save game of the season, to hold off Clarkson, who put together 16 chances in the third period.
Golden Knights' net-minder Erica Howe made 15 saves in the loss.
The Eagles were whistled for simultaneously checking and unsportsmanlike penalties at 9:57 in the first, awarding Clarkson a 5-3. Eleven seconds in the advantage, Hailey Wood put Clarkson on the scoreboard, when the forward landed a shot from the top of the slot. Carly Mercer and Danielle Skirrow collected assists on the play.
With only one of the BC penalties relinquished, Gabrielle Kosziwka put back a rebound from Brittany Styner from just outside the crease at 11:51 to extend the Golden Knights' lead, 2-0.
At 1:23 in the second, Motherwell pulled the Eagles within one, 2-1, when Restuccia, from freshman forward Emily Field, fed her linesman from behind the net for a one-timer at close range.
Later in the stanza, Bolden's power play goal at 19:19 tied the game, 2-2. The defenseman gathered passes from Restuccia and Motherwell at the top of the slot, before rocketing a shot past Howe. The goal was the 43 point of her career, fifth most ever by an Eagles defenseman.
Burns' goal at 2:53 in the third proved to be the game-winner. Sophomore defender Jackie Young hit Restuccia moving towards the blue line and the captain found Burns blazing to the crease for the clincher.
Restuccia's three-point game was the 10th of her career, bringing her point tally to 98. The Chester Springs, Pa. native is just two points shy of becoming the eighth Eagle to ever record 100 or more points in their career.
The Eagles resume Hockey East play on Tuesday, Jan. 10 against New Hampshire at 7 p.m.