CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team fell on the road at Boston College by a score of 5-2 Sunday afternoon. The loss puts the Wildcats at 3-2-0 overall and 1-2-0 in Hockey East play while the Eagles improve to 1-2-0 on the year and 1-2-0
The Wildcats nearly took a 1-0 lead when Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) intercepted a pass from the Boston College defense and dished it to Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) in front of the net. Lavoie's shot was saved and covered up by BC goalie Corinne Boyles.
The Eagles struck first and took a 1-0 lead when Kate Leary found the rebound of her initial shot and stuffed it in the net. Taylor Wasylk assisted Leary on the play.
UNH netminder Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) came up with a big save as she extended her left leg to deny BC's Alex Carpenter and keep the score at 1-0. After a Boston College penalty, Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) nearly notched a power play goal when she rifled a shot from the left faceoff circle and blazed by Boyles but rung the post. Each goalie made nine saves in through the first period.
In the second period, Boston College extended its lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded goal by Haley Skarupa. The right wing received a pass from Carpenter, brought it up the ice and found the back of the net, beating Vaattovaara to the left side.
The Wildcats tenacity showed in the opening seconds of the third period when Horn honed in on the rebound of Lavoie and put it away. The goal came just 39 seconds into the period, bringing the score to 2-1. Directly in front of the net, Skarupa nearly gave the Eagles a 3-1 with a point-blank shot, but was turned away by Vaattovaara with 13:43 remaining in the third period.
The Eagles scored their third goal of the game at 10:02 in the period when Ashley Motherwell scored a power play goal during a 5-on-3 situation. Dana Trivigno assisted her on the play. BC added to its lead at 11:51 when Kristina Brown took a wrist shot that beat Vaattovaara on her blocker side. Melissa Bizzari dished the puck to Brown to get the assist on the play.
Junior Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) tallied her second goal of the season on a power play, bringing the score to 4-2 with 4:24 remaining in the game. Lavoie gave the puck to Hitchcock who then finished the shot in the top left part of the net. Skarupa tallied her second goal of the game with an unassisted empty net goal. At the end of the game, the score was finalized at 5-2.
Vaattovaara's record now stands at 3-2-0 on the year after making 22 saves on the 27 shots she faced. Boyles improves to 1-1-0 in her two games played after making 18 saves on 20 shots. New Hampshire was 1-for-6 on the power play while Boston College was 1-for-4 with the advantage.
The Wildcats will return to action they fly out to Wisconsin for a weekend series with the Badgers. The first game will take place Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.