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UMaine women’s hockey has rough weekend at BC

The University of Maine women's hockey team had a rough weekend at Boston College, allowing 17 goals over two games.
Haley Johnston
The University of Maine women's hockey team had a rough weekend at Boston College, allowing 17 goals over two games.

It was a tough weekend for the University of Maine women’s hockey team at Boston College, as the Black Bears lost by a combined score of 17-2 and fall to 2-10-1 on the season and 1-8 in Hockey East. BC improves to 10-3-2, 7-2-1 in conference.

After hanging tough through the first 40 minutes, the University of Maine women’s hockey team fell to No. 5 Boston College 7-2 after four unanswered third period tallies Friday night.

Freshman forward Haley Skarupa led the Eagles with five points, highlighted by her first career hat-trick.

Ott faced 44 shots, saving 39 of them, before being replaced by freshman goaltender Meghann Treacy three minutes into the third period. Treacy allowed two goals on 9 shots in the final 17 minutes.

The Eagles outshot UMaine 19-4 in the first stanza — 53-10 overall — but found themselves trailing early after senior forward Brittany Dougherty netted her fifth goal of the season to give the Black Bears a 1-0 edge.

Ott stopped 18 of the 19 shots she faced in the opening period to preserve UMaine’s lead until sophomore forward Alex Carpenter tied it up with less than 3 minutes remaining in the frame. Carpenter’s goal — which extends her point streak to 12 games – was assisted by Skarupa and freshman defender Kaliya Johnson.

It didn’t take long for the Eagles to claim the lead. Sophomore forward Kate Leary beat Ott a little over 2 minutes into the second period off a feed from junior forward Taylor Wasylk to make it 2-1.

Skarupa scored her first goal of the night on an unassisted power-play effort to extend BC’s lead to two, less than 10 minutes later. The Eagles would finish 2-5 with the extra skater in the contest.

The Black Bears managed to capitalize on their own power-play opportunity — one of two of the night — with just under 2 minutes left in the second. Junior defender Kelly McDonald assisted on sophomore forward Jennifer More’s second goal of the season that beat BC senior goaltender Corinne Boyles to make it 3-2.

Boyles stopped eight of the 10 shots she faced, aided by a dominant BC attack in the third period.

Wasylk took advantage of a UMaine turnover just over a minute into the final period to make it 4-2, and Skarupa added her second tally of the night just over a minute later off assists from Carpenter and junior forward Melissa Bizzari.

Skarupa beat Treacy on a rebound attempt to complete the hat trick a little over 6 minutes later, extending the BC lead to four. Bizzari was credited with her second assist of the period on Skarupa’s goal. Sophomore defender Emily Pfalzer also notched a helper on the play.

The Eagles concluded the scoring with just over 6 minutes to play on their second power-play goal of the night.

Senior defender Blake Bolden wired a shot from the point that beat Treacy to make it 7-2. Skarupa was credited with an assist on Bolden’s tally — her fifth point of the night.

BC enjoyed a 33-17 faceoff advantage in the game. The Eagles’ fifth straight win improves their unbeaten streak to 10 games, while the loss extends the Black Bears’ Hockey East losing streak to six.

Boston College blows out UMaine

The Eagles skated to a 10-0 victory over UMaine Saturday, fueled by freshman forward Dana Trivigno’s first career hat-trick and sophomore forward Emily Field’s five points.

Trivigno’s hat trick marked the second game in a row in which a freshman tallied three goals against the Black Bears, leading BC to their first 10-goal game since 1998.

Boyles and freshman netminder Taylor Blake stopped all nine shots they faced to combine for the shutout. The win secured the Eagles’ sixth-straight victory.

Ott and senior goalie Kylie Smith split time in net for UMaine, combining to stop 31 of the 41 shots they faced.

BC continued its hot hand after netting four goals in the third period of Friday’s game, skating to a 4-0 lead in the first period on Saturday.

Trivigno got it started, beating Ott on a tip-in goal a little over 10 minutes into the period. Field and junior defender Jackie Young were credited with assists on the play.

The score remained 1-0 until the final 2 minutes of the period. Wasylk and senior defender Dru Burns assisted on Trivigno’s power-play goal — her second of the game — that made it 2-0.

BC finished 2-6 on the power play in the contest while shutting out the Black Bears in their two opportunities with an extra attacker.

Field stretched the lead to three on a goal of her own with less than a minute remaining in the frame. Senior forward Ashley Motherwell and Bolden assisted on the score. Leary scored her first goal of the game 40 seconds later off of Bolden’s second assist of the contest to make it 4-0 at the end of the first.

BC would continue to apply pressure on the Black Bears in the second. Trivigno completed the hat trick less than 5 minutes into the stanza after connecting on a slap pass from freshman defender Lexi Bender. Field would also earn an assist on the play.

Motherwell’s fourth goal of the season — the second point of the contest — stretched the Eagles’ lead to six less than 4 minutes later off Field’s second assist of the game.

Leary added her second goal of the game 7 seconds later to conclude the second period scoring. BC enjoyed a 31-7 shot advantage through two periods of play, and the game would end with a 41-9 shot disparity in favor of the Eagles.

Carpenter extended her point streak to 13 games when she assisted on Skarupa’s 12th goal of the season with just under 7 minutes to play in the final frame.

Senior forward Kristina Brown and Bizzari both netted their fourth goals of the season to cap the 10-0 victory.

Brown’s goal came a minute later off of Field and Trivigno assists. Bizzari’s tally came off of assists by Skarupa and Burns with just under 3 minutes left in the game.

UMaine junior forward Brianne Kilgour played for the first time since injuring her back against Providence Nov. 2 and finished with 0 plus-minus rating.

With their sixth straight win, BC’s unbeaten streak now sits at 11 games. The Eagles will try for their seventh-straight victory when they visit Hockey East opponent UNH Dec. 5.

The Black Bears head back home to play Dartmouth Dec. 8-9 in a nonconference matchup. Puck drop for both games is set for 3 p.m.

UMaine will get another crack at BC when they host the Eagles Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in Alfond Arena.