|1st||13:01||BC||1-0||EV GW||Megan Keller (9)||Andie Anastos/24, Serena Sommerfield/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (25-5-5)||0/1||1/2||0|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 3-7-2)||58:06||1||15||15||16||46|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Burt (W, 23-5-5)||60:00||0||5||9||14||28|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - All-America defenseman Megan Keller scored her second goal of the series and Katie Burt recorded her second shutout in as many games as the sixth-ranked and top-seeded Boston College women's hockey team topped Merrimack, 1-0, to advance to the Hockey East Tournament semifinals next Saturday.
The Eagles swept the best-of-three series following Thursday's 4-0 win, and will make their seventh-straight appearance in the conference tournament's semifinal round. BC is the defending champion of the event.
Keller's goal at 13:01 of the first period stood as the game-winner. It was her fourth point of the series as she factored in four of BC's five goals in the two games against the Warriors.
Boston College out-shot Merrimack 47-28 on Friday. Burt made 28 saves in the shutout effort, her highest total in any of her seven shutouts this season. She now has 30 in her career, and is tied for fifth place on the NCAA career shutouts chart. Merrimack's Samantha Ridgewell made 46 saves in the loss.
The Hockey East semifinals and championship will be played at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena next weekend. Boston College will play the 1:30 p.m. semifinal on Saturday, March 4, but must wait to learn its semifinal opponent. The Eagles will face the lowest-remaining seed in the tournament after this weekend's quarterfinal series that include No. 7 Connecticut at No. 2 Northeastern, No. 6 New Hampshire at No. 3 Boston University and No. 5 Vermont at No. 4 Providence.
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No. 6 Boston College 1, Merrimack 0
Friday, February 24, 2017
Kelley Rink at Conte Forum | Chestnut Hill, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED
1st, 13:01 | 1-0, BC GOAL - Merrimack cleared the puck from its defensive zone, but Serena Sommerfield collected it just past the red line and cycled it back around, playing it wide left to Megan Keller. Keller took two strides and passed ahead to Andie Anastos just off the blue blue line, and Anastos replied with a give-and-go pass back to Keller as she cut into the zone. Keller ripped a rising wrist shot from the faceoff circle, beating Samantha Ridgewell for a BC lead.
- Megan Keller scored her ninth goal of the season in the first period and pushed her season point total to 35
- Keller's first-period goal was the 25th goal of her career ... she sits third on the BC career defensemen goals chart, one back of Blake Bolden '13 and four behind record holder Genevieve Missirlian '99 (29)
- Keller's goal was her fourth point of the series ... she factored in four of the Eagles' five goals against Merrimack in the two-game series
- Katie Burt registered her seventh shutout of the season with her 28-save effort
- Burt now has 30 career shutouts and is tied for fifth on the NCAA career shutouts chart with former UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon '07 and former Wisconsin goaltender - and current U.S. National Team starter - Alex Rigsby '14
- Burt's win in goal was the 87th victory of her career ... she is in eighth on the NCAA career wins list, three back of seventh place (Clarkson's Erica Howe '14 with 90)
- Burt's 28 saves matched the her second-highest save total in one of her shutouts (vs. Boston University on Feb. 19, 2015), and was one shy of her highest save total in a shutout: 29 at Harvard in a 2-0 win on Jan. 19, 2016
- With her assist on Megan Keller's first-period goal, Andie Anastos moved into a tie for fifth place on the Eagles' career scoring chart, matching Allie Thunstrom '10 with 139 career points
- Anastos registered her 84th career assist at Boston College, sixth-most in program history ... it was her 24th assist this season, a new single-season best for the senior
- That assist also pushed her season point total to 37, matching her previous single-season best of 37 which she set last year
- This was also the 152nd game of Anastos' career ... she is now tied for second on the BC career games played list with Meghan Grieves '16, who also played 152 games ... Lexi Bender '16 is the career leader with 154 games played in her career
- Serena Sommerfield collected her fourth assist of the season and her career ... all of her five career points have come this year
- Katie Burt recorded the 2,000 save of her career in the first period with her stop of Katelyn Rae midway through the stanza ... she is the fifth goaltender in program history to reach the 2,000 save mark ... she is now 325 saves back of fourth place on the Eagles' career saves chart, behind Lisa Davis '05, who had 2,347 in her career
- This was Boston College's second 1-0 victory of the season ... both have come against Merrimack
- Overall this year, the Eagles are 6-2 in one-goal games
- With the win, Boston College improved to 8-0-0 all-time against Merrimack, and 5-0-0 against the Warriors at Kelley Rink ... BC has never lost to the second-year program, which made its first-ever appearance in the Hockey East Tournament this season
- The Eagles are now 16-9 all-time in the Hockey East Tournament after today's win ... they are making their 12 appearance in the event
- Boston College is riding a six-game winning streak in the Hockey East Tournament (2016-present)
- BC improved to 8-1 all-time in the quarterfinal round with the victory today
- This marks the fourth-straight year the Eagles are the tournament's No. 1 seed ... BC is now 11-2 record as the top entrant
- BC went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill, marking the 14th time in 15 games the Eagles were perfect on the kill ... the Eagles increased their nation-leading PK percentage at 92.7 percent ... BC has been successful in its last 21 penalty-kill opportunities, the team's fourth stretch this season of 20 or more straight kills
- This was just the fifth game this season - and third straight - BC did not score a special teams goal (power play or shorthanded) ... the Eagles have notched at least one or the other in 30 of 34 games this season
1. Megan Keller, BC
2. Samantha Ridgewell, Merrimack
3. Katie Burt, BC
Merrimack: 11-22-3, 7-17-0 HEA
Boston College: 25-5-5, 17-4-3 HEA
Boston College had advanced to the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament and will play in first semifinal next Saturday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m. The semifinals and championship game will be contested at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena. BC will face the lowest-remaining seed in next Saturday's semifinal.