UNH, which entered the game unbeaten in 35 regular-season games (34-0-1) with 23 consecutive wins in regular season play, is now 9-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in Hockey East this season. BC, the last team to defeat the Wildcats in a regular-season game (Nov. 5, 2005; 3-2 in overtime at Conte Forum), avenged last Friday’s 2-1 road loss to the ‘Cats to improve to 6-1-1, 3-1-0.
The Eagles skated to a 3-0 first-period lead with a shorthanded, power-play and even-strength goal. BC took a 1-0 lead at 13:35 on Allie Thunstrom’s shorthanded breakaway in which she skated down the slot and wristed a shot into the upper-right corner. Zavisza struck on the power play at 18:23 with a shot from the right point, then Keever scored from close range with 43 seconds remaining in the period to give the home team a three-goal lead.
BC quickly extended its advantage to 4-0 when Becky Zavisza’s shot directly off a faceoff trickled behind UNH goalie Melissa Bourdon (
The ‘Cats called time out at that point and lifted Bourdon (seven saves) in favor of Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.). UNH began to generate heavy pressure at the offensive end, which resulted in three BC penalties and a subsequent 5-on-3 Wildcats’ power-play goal at 2:59. Kacey Bellamy (
The visitors continued to produce scoring opportunities but could not cut into the 4-1 deficit. BC’s Keever and Kelly Stack scored 45 seconds apart – at 15:37 and 16:22, respectively, to extend the Eagles’ advantage to 6-1.
Hitchcock netted her sixth goal of the season on a redirection off a shot by Martine Garland (
Busa stopped eight shots and surrendered two goals in 19:02 of action. Lucy Schoedel (