BOSTON COLLEGE SKATES PAST NORTHEASTERN, 6-2
Sophomore forward Kate Leary nets two goals for Eagles
BOSTON - After the Northeastern women's ice hockey team (11-7-2, 5-5-1) erased a 2-0 first period deficit, No. 3 Boston College (14-3-2, 9-2-1) scored the game's final four goals to skate to a 6-2 win on Wednesday night at Matthews Arena.
Six Eagles recorded multi-point nights, led by Kate Leary's two goals, while Lucie Povova and Kelly Wallace scored for the Huskies. BC held a 36-26 edge in shots for the game, forcing sophomore goaltender Chloe Desjardins to make 30 saves. Corinne Boyles made 24 stops in goal for the Eagles.
The first period saw the Eagles sprint out to a 2-0 lead just six and a half minutes into the contest only to have Northeastern storm back to score twice in a span of seven minutes to make it 2-2 heading into intermission.
Boston College went up 1-0 less than five minutes into the contest when the Eagles capitalized on a turnover in the defensive zone. After Meagan Mangene picked off a Husky clearing bid, she took a shot on goal that got blocked by the NU defense. Taylor Wasylk then picked up the loose puck and fired a shot on goal that was handled by Desjardins, but Mangene was there to put home the rebound for her second of the season.
BC went up 2-0 two minutes later on the power play when Alex Carpenter pounded home a loose puck in front of the Northeastern goal off a shot from Ashley Motherwell.
NU would later answer with a goal from Povova midway through the frame. Brittany Esposito began the play with a pass out to Chelsiea Goll in the slot; Goll's shot was stopped by Boyles, but Povova crashed the net to bury the rebound for her first goal of the season.
With 5:09 left in the frame, the Huskies leveled the score at two apiece when Wallace netted her seventh goal of the season. After dishing up to Esposito in the slot, Wallace cut to the cage to position herself for a rebound chance. Esposito's shot deflected off Boyles and out in front of the net, where Wallace cleaned up the mess to make it 2-2.
BC wasted no time in regaining a lead less than two minutes into the second period as Kate Leary was credited with her eighth goal of the season after her shot from the left side went off the stick of an NU defenseman and into the net.
The Eagles had several other chances to extend their lead throughout the frame, but Desjardins came up big for the Huskies, including stopping a shorthanded breakaway on Emily Field.
Boston College cashed in on another early goal in the third period, again coming from Leary, when her shot from the slot went off Desjardins and trickled over the goal line 2:33 into the stanza.
BC would make it a 5-2 game with 7:38 left in regulation as Haley Skarupa was left alone in front of the net for a tap-in goal off a shot from Carpenter before Dana Trivigno picked a loose puck out of the air from the left side of the net for her 10th goal of the season.
The Huskies will continue its stretch of contests against nationally ranked opponents when Northeastern welcomes No. 4/4 Cornell to Matthews Arena on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Northeastern is now 63-26-5 all-time against the Eagles ... Povova scored her first goal since Feb. 7, 2012 against Boston University ... Esposito recorded her first multi-point game of the season ... Wallace has three points (two goals, one assist) in her last two games.