Elliot Olshansky, NCAA.com
Last year at this time, Kelli Stack was preparing to head to Vancouver, where she would win a silver medal as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team.
On her home ice Tuesday night at Boston College’s Conte Forum, Stack was simply golden.
The senior from Brooklyn Heights, Ohio became the all-time leading scorer in Eagles history on Tuesday, breaking the 12-year-old mark set by former Eagle Erin Magee with a goal and an assist in the No. 7 Eagles’ 2-1 win over No. 3 Boston University.
For BC head coach Katie King, it was a rare moment when she was perfectly happy to talk about individual accomplishment.
“I don’t usually point out individual accolades,” King said, “but I think that what Kelli did and has done in her career is pretty incredible. There have been some great hockey players to come through Boston College, and I think she’s obviously out herself right up there, not just breaking the record but with the way she plays every day.”
Stack tied Magee’s mark with three seconds left in the first period, assisting on a Mary Restuccia goal that put the Eagles up 1-0. Then, with 5:36 gone in the third period, Stack took a feed from Restuccia in the slot and lifted it past Terriers goalie Kerrin Sperry to give BC a 2-0 lead and break the record.
“Mary’s one of the best playmakers I’ve ever played with,” Stack said. “I knew that if I stayed up high in the slot, she would get me the puck, and sure enough it was right on my tape. All I had to do was put it in the net.”
And with the Terriers’ Holly Lorms scoring just 37 seconds later, Stack’s record-breaking goal would stand as the game-winner in a Beanpot victory over the Eagles’ fiercest rival, the BU team that currently leads them by just one point in the Hockey East standings.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Stack said of setting a new record, “but it definitely wouldn’t mean as much if we didn’t win the game and advance in the tournament. It’s something I’ll always remember and something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
Need to Know
• For the second straight year, Northeastern’s semifinal game at the Beanpot went to a shootout. The Huskies took a 3-0 lead on No. 10 Harvard five minutes into the second period, but the Crimson rallied, eventually tying the score with a pair of goals 58 seconds apart by Ashley Wheeler and Marissa Gedman. When five minutes of overtime couldn’t settle things, a shootout ensued, and the Crimson got goals from Jillian Dempsey and Josephine Pucci to win the shootout in four rounds, earning the right to face BC in next Tuesday’s championship game.
• No. 5 Middlebury got a bit of breathing room in its bid for its first NESCAC regular season title since 2008 with a rare loss by Amherst over the weekend. Bowdoin goalie Tara Connolly stopped 30 of the 31 shots she faced on Saturday afternoon at Sid J. Watson Arena to backstop the Polar Bears to a 2-1 win over their NESCAC rivals. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Lady Jeffs, and sent them from fifth to seventh in the latest USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll. The Polar Bears, meanwhile, are sitting on the doorstep of the Top 10, missing out on this week’s poll by just one point in the voting.
• She’s no reality TV star, but Wisconsin-River Falls senior defenseman Lauren Conrad helped keep her Falcons firmly on top of “The Hill” in the NCHA. UW-RF trailed No. 10 Wisconsin-Superior, 3-2, heading into the third period on Saturday, but Conrad scored her fifth goal of the season at 7:02 of the third period to keep the No. 2 Falcons’ unbeaten season (17-0-3) alive. Had the Falcons lost, their lead over Wisconsin-Superior in the NCHA standings would have been just three points, but UW-RF remains five games ahead with only Finlandia and Marian – tied for last place in the conference – left to play.
• Yale freshman Jenna Ciotti was named both Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week by ECAC Hockey after recording Yale’s first hat trick since 2007 in a win over Union. The Manotick, Ontario native also added a game-winning goal against Brown and a game-tying tally against Rensselaer to finish the week with five goals and an assist in three games.
• Gustavus Adolphus goaltender Danielle Justice was named her school’s Athlete of the Month for her play in January. The No. 8 Golden Gusties went 3-1-2 in January, with Justice recording a .951 save percentage and an 0.85 goals-against average.
• No. 5 Mercyhurst is home to both the Player of the Week and Goaltender of the Week in College Hockey America. Senior forward Meghan Agosta figured in the scoring on seven of the Lakers’ nine goals as they swept conference rival Wayne State with a 6-2 win on Friday and a 3-1 win on Saturday, while junior goalie Hillary Pattenden became Mercyhurst’s all-time wins leader with 75 career victories.
• RIT senior forward Sarah Dagg was named the ECAC West Player of the Week after recording a goal and an assist in the No. 1 Tigers’ 3-1 win over No. 6 Elmira. Dagg ranks second in D-III in scoring behind Norwich’s Sophie Leclerc.
• Leclerc and Norwich, meanwhile, defeated Plymouth State 12-0 on Saturday to run their current unbeaten streak to 10 games. The Cadets have a five-point lead on Holy Cross and St. Anselm in the ECAC-East standings with four conference games left to play.
• Connecticut forward Taylor Gross was named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week by Hockey East. Gross scored her team-best 11th goal of the season to tie the game as the Huskies – who will face Providence at Rentschler Field on Sunday as part of UConn Day at the Whalers Hockey Fest – tied Northeastern, 2-2.