Duluth, Minn. -A last second, short-handed goal by freshman Alex Carpenter vaulted the No. 5 Boston College women's ice hockey team past No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, on Sunday evening in AMSOIL Arena. The Eagles (1-1-0) relied on goals from three first-year players to earn the win and split the season-opening series with the Bulldogs (1-1-0).
Fifteen seconds after falling behind, 2-0, early in the second period, freshman Emily Field registered her first collegiate point on a short-handed goal when won a faceoff in the neutral zone, junior Dru Burns passed it to Field skating through the zone and hit a shot that deflected off a UMD player in the box and went in the net. Burns concluded the day with a career-best two assists.
The score remained unchanged until there was just 2:51 left in the game, when Emily Pfalzer gathered a faceoff in the offensive zone, put the puck on net and managed to sound the horn.
With less than two minutes to play, the Eagles were charged with killing a checking penalty, but Carpenter collected the puck on a flop from Burns and landed shot in the top corner of the net to net the game winning goal with 0.4 second left on the clock.
Junior Corinne Boyles made 27 saves to pick up her first win of the year, out-doing her counterpart Jennifer Harss, who made 23 saves.
Duluth opened the scoring at 8:29 in the first, when Audrey Cournoyer connected with Haley Irwin and Zoe Hickel for the first goal of the game.
After an interference call awarded UMD a power play just after the start of the second period, Bridgette Lacquette netted the Bulldogs' second goal.
From there it was all BC. The Eagles fended off five penalties and outshot the Bulldogs 21-14.
The Eagles open Hockey East play on Friday, Oct. 14 with a trip to New Hampshire at 7 p.m. Boston College will then host its first home game of the season at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.