BOSTON COLLEGE TOPPED BY MINNESOTA DULUTH, 7-2
DULUTH, Minn. - The No. 5/5 Boston College women's ice hockey was defeated by No. 7/7 Minnesota-Duluth, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena. Defensemen Blake Bolden and Meagan Mangene scored for the Eagles (0-1-0), while Jessica Wong tallied five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and goaltender Jennifer Harss made 33 saves to lead the Bulldogs (1-0-0) in the win.
Eagles net minder Corrinne Boyles stopped 30 shots, including 12 first period stops that kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard through the first intermission.
Shortly after the break, a tripping penalty called on BC gave Duluth the advantage it needed to jumpstart a four-goal second period. At 16:45, Wong and Pernill Winberg found Haley Irwin to break the scoreless tie. Over the next 12 minutes, Wong would assist another goal and score one more help increase the Bulldog's lead to three, 3-0. An even strength, unassisted goal from Zoe Hickel pushed the score to 4-0 with just under two minutes to play in the period.
The Eagles regrouped and came out firing in the third. After a checking call awarded BC a power play, freshman defender Emily Pfalzer dished a pass to Bolden at the top of the point for a slap shot to get Boston College on the board, 4-1.
Mangene's opportunity came when sophomore Taylor Wasylk and senior Mary Restuccia fought to get the puck out of the corner and put a shot on goal. When Harss was unable to handle it, Mangene pushed up, took a swing and sounded the horn.
Despite outshooting the Bulldogs, 20-11, in the third, UMD was able to net three more goals. Two minutes after Bolden's score, Pernilla Winberg answered to put Duluth back up four, 5-1. After Mangene's goal, Wong found the net again and Audrey Cournoyer ended the tally, 7-2, with just under five minutes of game time remaining.
The fifth-ranked Eagles return to action tomorrow at 3:07 p.m. (4:07 EST) against the seventh-ranked Bulldogs.
Boston College was edged in the shooting tally, 37-35.
The Eagles controlled the faceoffs, 39-32, with Restuccia and freshman Alex Carpenter winning 18 and 15, respectively.
Mangene tallied the second goal of her career, the first since Oct. 16, 2010 (at Vermont).
Bolden has scored a power play goal in each of the last two games.