Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Junior defenseman Blake Bolden and sophomore forward Taylor Wasylk each tallied a goal and two assists to help the Boston College women's ice hockey team secure a 5-0 victory over New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon in Kelley Rink. A second period power play goal from Wasylk was all the Eagles (2-1-1, 1-0-1 WHEA) needed to get past the Wildcats (3-2-1, 0-1-1 WHEA) for the fourth time in seven meetings.
BC goalkeeper Corinne Boyles (2-1-1) earned her first shutout of the season by stopping 16 shots, while the Eagles increased pressure eventually got to UNH goaltender Lindsey Minton (1-1-0), who made a season-best 30 saves in the loss. The shooting tally was even, 5-5, after the first frame, but Boston College simply wore down the opposing net-minder with 11 shots in the second and 19 in third.
A scoreless first left BC to kill off a penalty that carried over into the second. Just 1:30 into play, the Wildcats were called for too many players on the ice. Shortly thereafter, Bolden and sophomore Meagan Mangene found Wasylk in the slot and the Port Huron, Mich., native found the back for the first time this season.
The Eagles extended their lead when UNH was whistled for the same penalty at 13:12 in the second. This time freshman Emily Field passed to Wasylk, sitting in the right circle, who then dished a lovely puck to freshman Alex Carpenter sitting in the slot. The Reading, Mass., product sent a wrister to the right post for the two goal advantage.
About 4:45 into the third, sophomore Jackie Young collected a puck from junior Dru Burns and Wasylk at the point and delivered a shot that scored the first goal of the defender's career.
As Boston College continued to exert itself, Bolden capped an offensive barrage with hard, low shot near post for the Eagles' fourth point of the day 7:39 into the final stanza.
A tripping call on New Hampshire awarded BC another power play with 4:34 to play. With only eight ticks of the one-man advantage remaining, senior Danielle Welch gathered a rebound from a Carpenter/Bolden combo and cued the lights for the third power play goal of the afternoon.
The five-point margin of victory ties the highest for BC over UNH in program history, equaling the 7-2 win over the Wildcats on Nov. 2, 2006.
The Eagles continue their home stand with a 2 p.m. matchup against Quinnipiac on Friday, Oct. 21.