BOSTON -- Freshman Andie Anastos and junior Emily Pfalzer each notched one goal and two assist, and co-captain Corinne Boyles made 26 saves, as Boston College defeated Boston University 5-1 at Walter Brown Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles dominated the first period from beginning to end, firing 19 shots on goal while only allowing eight, and finding the back of the net twice to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Pfalzer gave Boston College a 1-0 lead at 7:46 of the first period with her sixth goal of the season. Pfalzer, a junior defenseman, skated the puck behind the BU net from left to right and spun around to fire a shot from the inside edge of the right faceoff dot as she was skating backward. BU goaltender Kerrin Sperry had fallen out of position and lunged at the puck, but it hit her glove and flipped into the net for the goal.
Haley Skarupa doubled the lead with a short-handed goal at 19:02 of the opening period. Anastos intercepted a pass in the BC zone and skated free down the right side of the ice for a two-on-one with Skarupa. Anastos sent a cross-ice pass from right to left passed the reach of the sole BU defender, and Skarupa lifted a one-timer from the edge of the left faceoff circle into the top of the net to give BC a 2-0 lead. The goal marked Skarupa’s team-leading 23rd of the season, while Anastos picked up her 20th assist on the play.
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead at 5:48 of the second frame with a goal by Taylor Wasylk. Pfalzer sent a pass to Dana Trivigno who fired a shot down the middle of the slot that Wasylk was able to tip and redirect into the net for her 11th goal of the season.
Boston University got one back at 9:52 of the middle stanza when Maddie Elia beat Boyles for her 11th lamp lighter of the year. Sarah lefort notched her team-high 22nd assist on the play.
The Terriers had a great chance at 9:35 of the third stanza when Sarah Lefort fired a shot from the slot that Boyles made a kick save with her right leg to preserve the two-goal lead.
Anastos gave BC a 4-1 lead with a power-play goal at 10:38 of the third period. Anastos, a freshman forward, skated the puck toward the net down the right side of the ice, made a great deke on Sperry to get the netminder out of position, and slid the puck into the net from the front of the goal mouth.
Kate Leary concluded the scoring at 16:02 of the third period with her eighth goal of the season to settle the score at 5-1.
Boyles made 26 saves and improves to 21-5-2. Sperry stopped 32 shots and falls to 18-10-1.
Boston College was 1-for-6 on the power play while Boston University went 0-for-6 on the man advantage.
The Eagles (25-5-3, 18-2-1) will host New Hampshire on Friday, in the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East Playoffs.