CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) recorded a season-high 30 saves, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 5-0 Saturday afternoon by fifth-ranked Boston College at Conte Forum.
UNH, victors in each of its previous six meetings at BC, falls to 3-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in Hockey East. Boston College, which skated to a 1-1 tie against the Wildcats Friday night at UNH's Whittemore Center, is now 2-1-1, 1-0-1.
Following a scoreless first period in which both teams recorded five shots, Boston College scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period. UNH opened the middle stanza with 1:19 remaining on a power play, but then was whistled for too many skaters on the ice at 1:30. Taylor Wasylk (one goal, two assists), with the assistance of Mary Restuccia and Ashley Motherwell, scored from the slot at 2:28 to give BC a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth minute, Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) led a UNH rush in the right circle and dropped the puck back to Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) in the high slot. Kashman's low wrist shot was blocked by a sliding BC defenseman.
The Eagles went on their fourth power play of the game at 5:06, but it was the Wildcats who generated a dangerous scoring opportunity in the sixth minute when Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) backhanded a shot from the slot into BC goalie Corinne Boyles (16 saves).
Midway through the second period, Maggie Hunt (Naperville, Ill.) made a pass through the neutral zone to Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario), who entered the offensive zone in the high slot and moved the puck to Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) in the right circle. Horn cut to the slot, where her low shot sailed wide left of the cage.
UNH was once again whistled for a too many skaters on the ice penalty at 13:12, and once again the home team capitalized to take a 2-0 lead at 13:54 when Alex Carpenter, alone in the slot, wristed a shot inside the right post. Wasylk, with a pass from the lower right circle, was credited with an assist.
The Wildcats opened the third period with 1:50 remaining on their third power-play opportunity of the game, but BC held the visitors at bay.
Jackie Young scored on a shot from the right point at 4:46 and Blake Bolden (one goal, two assists) fired a low, hard shot from the right point inside the near post to give Boston College a 4-0 lead at 7:39.
Minton stood strong in the 13th minute. She lost her stick while attempting to cover a loose puck at the left post, but then scrambled back in front of the net to deny Wasylk's point-blank shot. BC continued to pressure with three shots from various angles, but Minton made acrobatic kick saves as part of her 16-save effort in the third period.
BC scored its third power-play goal of the game at 17:18. Minton denied Danielle Welch on a backdoor play at the left post, but Welch corralled the rebound and scored to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
UNH entered the game 21-for-22 on the penalty kill and held BC scoreless in four power-play opportunities Friday night, but the Eagles converted 3 of 6 chances Saturday afternoon.
The five goals is the highest goal output by BC against the 'Cats since a 7-2 win Nov. 2, 2006 that also marked the last home win for the Eagles in the series. UNH was shut out for the second time in 54 all-time meetings; the first occurred last February in a scoreless tie at Conte Forum.
BC became the first home team to record a victory in this series in eight games (UNH 2-1 win at home in the 2009 Hockey East championship game).
New Hampshire wraps up its October schedule next weekend in northern New York. The Wildcats play at St. Lawrence University on Oct. 21 (4 p.m.) and then at Clarkson University on the 22nd (2 p.m.). UNH's next home game is Nov. 3 against the University of Vermont. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.