UNH stumbles late against Boston College
The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was beaten by No. 6 Boston College on Wednesday night at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats carried a 1-1 the into the third period, but surrendered three goals in that frame and couldn't mount a late rally.
New Hampshire came into the game fresh off a road victory over Northeastern this past Sunday, where they prevailed 3-1. Boston College they come into the game riding a team record-setting 11 game unbeaten streak.
The first period of play between both teams was highly competitive. Both teams came out rolling, with constant pressure provided on their opponent.
However, neither team managed to slip a puck past either goalie. New Hampshire remained persistent on its offensive attack to simply dump the puck and chase, trying to catch the opposing defense off guard for a good shot on net. Boston College senior goaltender Corinne Boyles prevented anything to even come close to crossing the goal line making six saves on six shots.
On the other end of the ice, UNH sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan demonstrated solid goaltending as well, making nine saves on nine shots. Two of the nine saves came in the final seconds of the period, when BC pressed on attacking the net. Gilligan stood on her head making two kick saves to end the period with the score 0-0.
Boston College led in shots after one period, 9-6.
In the second period of action, the play between two teams remained strong as they continued to hustle. Boston College got its first break when they broke the stalemate at 16:53 off the mistake of a UNH defenseman who was caught out of position when Boston College sophomore center Alex Carpenter found an open Haley Skarupa, who then went on a one-on-one with Gilligan, beating her low right side off a deke.
However, Boston College did not hold the lead for long, as New Hampshire brought the game back to a draw when Alexis Crossley tallied her team-leading fourth power play goal and sixth overall of the season at 6:58 of the period.
The goal was created when Kristina Lavoie found teammate Kristine Horn at the top of the right face-off dot as she then transitioned the puck to an open Alexis Crossley at the point who then fired the puck off a slap shot that picked the top right corner of the goal. Following the goal, New Hampshire grabbed its 15th power play goal in 19 games.
The defense strived for the 'Cats in the second period, as the team came together providing a good quality play of hockey. After the second period of play, both teams were knotted up at 1. UNH outshot the Eagles in the period, 8 shots to 4.
New Hampshire suffered a collapse in the third period that ended their quest at pulling off another upset.
Boston College struck at 14:40 of the third period when senior forward Caitlin Walsh attempted to get around a UNH defensemen behind the net by passing to herself off the boards, however the puck took a funny bounce to the opponents goal post where she tucked the puck in for her first goal of the season.
The goal gave the Eagles momentum and they came back less than a minute later with another tally. This time it was Ashley Motherwell who found the back of the net off a one-time pass from teammate Emily Field.
About two minutes later the Eagles added their third goal within three minutes, when Meagan Mangene sent the puck past Gilligan off another one-time pass, this time from Kate Leary. Boston College took a 4-1 lead due to the three minute burst of goals that inevitably crowned them victors. Boston College outshot New Hampshire during the game 24-21.
With the win, Boston College continues its unbeaten streak to 12 games and they improved their overall record to 11-3-2 and to 8-2-1 in Hockey East action. With the loss, New Hampshire falls to 7-11-1 overall and a Hockey East record of 4-4-1.
The Wildcats return to the ice on Saturday when they host Harvard for Hockey East action and for the last game of the first half of the season. The game will be televised on FOX College Sports. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
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