BC started the scoring early. Less than three minutes into the game, junior forward Allie Thunstrom passed the puck up to freshman forward Mary Restuccia, Hockey East Rookie of the Month for January, at the top of the crease, who sent the puck past sophomore goaltender Leah Sulyma to put Boston College up 1-0. The assist gave Thunstrom the hundredth point of her career, making her only the seventh BC woman to reach the mark.
"It feels great," said Restuccia about scoring the first goal in her first Beanpot game. "But it's not like I did it all myself. It's pretty easy to score goals when you're playing on that line." Restuccia, Thunstrom, and junior center Kelli Stack have scored 43 goals and have 50 assists between them.
Northeastern was quick to respond and tied the score just 36 seconds later. Senior forward Ali Bielawski got the puck from fellow senior forward Erin Reil at the top of the crease and sent it past junior goaltender Molly Schaus stick-side.
Head coach Katie King said, "[Northeastern] came right back at us. They are a team that fights hard. They had us back on our heels for a while."
BC had two power play opportunities late in the first period. Elumba was called for interference at 12:35 and sophomore center Alyssa Wohlfeiler for hooking at 18:20. The Eagles were not able to make anything of the advantage. The teams left the ice for the intermission still tied at one goal apiece.
Fortunately for BC, the Huskies were similarly unable to score in their two power plays in the middle of the second period. Senior forward Becky Zavisza sat out for two minutes for interference 6:17 into the period and her classmate forward Colleen Harris was called for roughing 3:43 later. The Eagles were able to kill both power plays without any harm done.
Both teams had scoring opportunities, despite the lack of goals. Northeastern appeared to have taken the lead 5:18 into the second period. Amidst traffic in the crease, Schaus and junior defenseman Ginny Berg got tangled up and the puck appeared to have deflected off Berg's foot. Originally ruled a goal, the officials reviewed the play and determined there was no goal, but did not specify a reason.
Thunstrom threatened to break the tie 11:07 into the period. She tore towards the goal with only Sulyma between her and the net. She shot at the glove-side corner of the net, and Sulyma came up with the pad save, deflecting the puck with her left foot.
In the last thirty seconds of play both teams had chances on goal. Sulyma was able to come up with the save in the traffic in front of her goal. Seconds later, sophomore forward Kristi Kehoe grabbed a loose puck from the BC zone and skated unopposed towards the goal. Schaus blocked the shot and the BC defense was there for the rebound and the clock expired with the score still tied at one.
"We knew we needed to relax a bit and play our game. We weren't playing BC hockey," said Thunstrom about the team's attitude before the third period.
The Eagles started the third period with an advantage; Wohlfeiler was penalized for tripping with ten seconds remaining in the previous period. This time, BC was able to make good on the advantage and took the lead with 1:43 into the period. Stack redirected a pass from freshman forward Danielle Welch to Zavisza for her sixth goal of the season.
BC went on the defensive at 8:53 when senior defenseman Maggie Taverna was called for cross-checking. The Eagles responded to the Huskies' power play with their first shorthanded goal since December 10, against Boston University. Stack and freshman defensemen Stephanie Gavronsky sped towards the Northeastern goal. Stack just beat her and Sulyma out, sneaking the puck by the goaltender's left foot. Stack's eighteenth goal of the season put the Eagles up 3-1.
In the other game, Harvard dominated the earlier game against Boston University, shutting the Terriers out 8-0. The second round, Tuesday, will feature BU and Northeastern in the consolation game at 5:00 and BC and Harvard in the thirtieth annual Beanpot Championship.
Last year, the Eagles fell to the Crimson in the first round. On Tuesday, they will be looking for revenge. "Last year they beat us 7-0, which wasn't that much fun. Now we're excited to play them. Everyone plays their best game in the Beanpot," said Thunstrom
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