CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Andie Anastos scored a goal and notched an assist and Corinne Boyles stopped 34 shots in her 11th career shutout as No. 7 Boston College earned a 2-0 Hockey East victory over Vermont at Kelley Rink Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead at 13:36 of the first period. Kate Leary Skated down the ice to the right circle where she backhanded a pass to Andie Anastos along the left boards. Anastos sent a pass across the ice to a streaking Emily Pfalzer who picked up the puck along the inside edge of the right circle and wristed a shot under the right arm of Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville for her third goal of the season.
Vermont nearly took the lead first at 6:40 of the opening stanza when Casey Leveillee and Klara Myran broke free for a 2-on-1, but BC netminder Corinne Boyles was able to turn aside Leveillee's shot to keep the Catamounts off the board.
Emily Field and Emily Pfalzer had overlapping penalties late in the first period that resulted in a brief 5-on-3 advantage for UVM, but BC was able to stand strong on defense and entered the first intermission with a one-goal lead.
Anastos netted her 11th goal of the season at 7:32 of the third period, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Fellow freshman Haley McLean took a pass from Anastos and fired a shot on net from the corner of the crease, the puck trickled loose behind the net and Anastos scooped it up and slid a wrap-around shot under Douville's pads and into the net to conclude the scoring in the game.
The Catamounts nearly pulled within one with 9:49 to go in the final frame when Greer Vogl had a short-handed breakaway chance, but her shot hit the inside of Boyles' right pad and skittered wide of the net.
Boyles stopped 34 shots and improves to 13-4-2 on the season. Douville stopped 44 shots and falls to 5-8-3.
BC held a 46-34 edge in shots in the contest.
The Eagles went 0-for-4 on the power play while the Catamounts were 0-for-2 on the man advantage.
Boston College (16-4-3, 11-1-1) will play in a home-and-home series against UNH starting at home on Saturday, Jan. 25 and then traveling to Durham, N.H. for the second game on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Notes: Andie Anastos has seven points (three goals, four assists) in BC's last five games. Corinne Boyles earned her 11th career shutout and first since a 4-0 victory against Vermont in Burlington, Vt.