Welch’s goal lifts Boston College
Eagles split home-and-home series with cross-town rivals
Boston -- Three second period goals lifted the No. 6 Boston College to a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Boston University on Saturday afternoon in Walter Brown Arena. Senior Danielle Welch’s 35th career goal proved to be the game-winner for the Eagles (6-3-1, 3-2-1 WHEA), who picked up the weekend split with a win on the Terriers’ (6-4-1, 1-1-0 WHEA) home ice.
Junior goaltender Corinne Boyles was perfect through 55 minutes of hockey. The Wheaton, Ill., native stopped 22 shots to pick up her third Hockey East win of the year. BU net minder Kerrin Sperry recorded 35 saves, as the Eagles outshot the Terriers, 38-23.
The first period saw five penalties, three of which awarded BC a power play. The Eagles used the advantage to control the offensive zone and outshoot the Terriers, 13-8. However, both sides were able to generate short-handed scoring opportunities. Freshman defender Emily Pfalzer broke up a two on one with her skate on the Eagles first power play and Welch produced two chances as BC closed out the session on back-to-back penalty kills.
A late checking call on the Eagles, forced the Maroon and Gold to play down one skater, but the Eagles killed the second of 10 penalties on the afternoon to start the second.
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At 2:31 into the stanza, freshman forward Alex Carpenter opened the scoring. Classmate Emily Fields claimed a puck behind the net, pushed it to junior winger Ashley Motherwell and Carpenter put it in the top of the net for the 1-0 lead. Juniors Caitlin Walsh and Kristina Brown found Welch skating through the left circle to extend Boston College’s lead by another point, 2-0.
During one of BU’s offensive threats, senior captain Mary Restuccia intercepted a puck and made a beautiful pass to Pfalzer moving towards open ice. The rookie stick handled her way through the neutral and let shot rip near the top of the left circle, beating Sperry high for the 3-0 advantage.
The scored stood still until 15:28 in the third, when a shot from right-winger Taylor Holze was denied by Boyles, but followed up by center Jill Cardella for a the final goal of the game, 3-1.
The win improved Boston College’s record to 6-3 when playing BU as a ranked team.