CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - No. 6 Boston College did the one thing Friday night that no other team has been able to do so far this season - it solved the Bulldogs penalty-kill. The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team surrendered two power play goals to the Eagles, helping BC earn the series split with the 3-2 win at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass. It was just the second loss ever for the Bulldogs to the Eagles, who still own a 6-2 advantage in eight all-time meetings.
UMD jumped out on the board first with a power play of its own 11:06 into the first period when Jenna McParland poked in a rebound from the doorstep on a shot from Tea Villia. McParland's goal, her second of the series, was also assisted by Duluth native Emma Stauber, and the Bulldogs carried that 1-0 lead into the second period.
The second stanza was all BC on the scoresheet, with the Eagles first score netted by Meghan Grieves at the 7:41 mark, followed almost exactly three minutes later by a BC power play goal courtesy Ashley Motherwell. The Eagles cashed in on their second power play tally of the night 47 ticks into the third period, leaving the Bulldogs under the wrath of a 3-1 deficit.
UMD responded, cutting BC's lead to 3-2 at 8:08 when Shara Jasper scored her first goal of the year, with Jessica Wong on the assist. The Bulldogs shelled the Eagles in the final stanza, putting 13 shots on goal to BC's eight, but Corinne Boyles proved invaluable in net for the Eagles, turning away 12 shots in the third period. BC edged UMD with 26 shots to 23 and rookie goaltender Kayla Black had 23 saves for the Bulldogs in the loss. UMD went 1-of-4 on the power play, while the Eagles were 2-of-4.
Now 3-1 against teams ranked in the top-10, UMD will host defending NCAA champion and current No. 1 Minnesota next weekend at AMSOIL Arena. Both Friday and Saturday's games are slated for 7:07 p.m. starts.