Sophomore forward Haley Skarupa nets two goals for Eagles

Sophomore forward Haley Skarupa scored two goals for the Eagles

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore forward Haley Skarupa scored two goals for the second straight game and goaltender Corinne Boyles made 24 saves to lead No. 7 Boston College to a 4-1 victory over Boston University in the first round of 36th annual women's Beanpot Tournament.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead at 6:27 of the first period with Taylor Wasylk's ninth goal of the season. Dana Trivigno intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and streaked towards the BU net and put a shot off the left post that left the puck loose in the crease for Wasylk to bury in the open net for BC's 10th short-handed goal of the season.

Boston College kept the strong special teams play going with a power play goal at 14:53 of the opening stanza. Boyles settled the puck behind her net and dished it out to Andie Anastos along the left boards. Anastos skated into BU's zone and sent a pass to Emily Field at the inside edge of the left faceoff circle where Field rifled a shot inside the far post, beating Terrier netminer Kerrin Sperry glove side.

Skarupa capped off a three goal-first period at 19:53 when received a back-handed pass from Wasylk along the goal line and punched the puck into the net at the doorstep. BC took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission after leading the Terriers 11-9 in the first period.

Boston University had its best scoring opportunity of the first at 5:05 when Sam Sutherland fired a shot from the left dot that got past Boyles, but the puck rang off the pipe and stayed out.

The Terriers scored the lone goal of the middle stanza at 8:40 with Sarah Lefort's 22nd strike of the season. Caroli Campbell picked off Taylor Wasylk's pass in the BU zone and sent Lefort skating down the right side of the ice and the sophomore Forward sent a laser over Boyle's right shoulder to make the score 3-1.

Boston University nearly pulled within one on a strange play that ended with Maddie Elia's shot from behind BC's net hitting off Emily Field's skate and slipping into the back of the net, but the play was reviewed and overturned because Boyles was held down and could not make a play on the puck.

Skarupa concluded the scoring with an empty netter, her second tally of the night, at 17:47 of the third period.

Boyles stopped 24 shots and improves to 17-4-2. Kerrin Sperry made 28 saves and falls to 15-7-1 in defeat.

The Eagles went 2-for-4 on the power play while the Terriers were 0-for-3 on the man advantage.

Boston College (20-4-3) will play Saturday, Feb. 8 at UConn before returning to Kelley Rink for the Beanpot championship game against Northeastern on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.

Notes: Boston College extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games (9-0-2) and its win streak to seven. Andie Anastos extended her point streak to seven games with an assist. BC is now 18-8-1 all time against BU in the Beanpot.