Women Net Pair Of Ties

The BC women's hockey team continued to struggle after posting two ties over the weekend. The somewhat depleted and young Eagles needed a late goal to tie-up Quinnipiac on Friday night. They followed that up with another 1-1 tie against conference foe, Maine. They did get the extra point in the shootout against Maine, but the record now stands 1-2-4.

When the buzzer sounded at the end of Sunday's women's hockey game against Maine, Boston College had skated to its second 1-1 tie of the weekend, the first coming against Quinnipiac on Friday. BC went on to add another point to its Hockey East record in the shootout which followed.

The Eagles struck first in Sunday's contest. Forward Laura Hart found the net 9:18 into the game on a shot assisted by Tracy Johnson and Blake Bolden. The score was Hart and Bolden's second points, but Johnson's first on the season. BC held the 1-0 through the rest of the period.

Maine responded within the first minute of the second period. Forward Myriam Croussette took the puck from Jennie Gallo and Chloe Tinkler in front of the net. Her shot skipped over goaltender Kiera Kingston's outstretched leg into the net to tie the score.

Both teams had high shot counts in the first two periods, Maine with 24 and BC with 22. Kingston recorded a total of 25 saves, earning her the position of number one star of the game. The third period was a different story; the Eagles sent the puck towards the net 9 times and the Black Bears not at all.

"I thought we played really well today. We had a lot of opportunities to score, but just couldn't put it in," said head coach Katie King. "Our [defense] jumped up in the play and kept pucks in their zone."

Both teams had chances during the overtime, and the Eagles even had a power play in their favor, but neither could capitalize and so the game went into a shootout.

Maine's Lexie Hoffmeyer took the first shot and sent a goal past the glove of Kingston. The shootout progressed from there and featured a 4-4 stalemate when Ashley Motherwell stepped on the ice. The freshman had recorded four assists on the season, but did not have a goal. She skated straight towards the goal and sent the puck just between net minder Candice Currier's foot and the pole, granting BC an extra point in the Hockey East standings.

"The goal doesn't count for the statistics, but I think it's just good that she was able to score that goal. She has been fighting it a lot the past couple games and getting some chances but hasn't been able to get one home," said King.

Earlier in the weekend, BC skated to a tie against Quinnipiac in a non-conference match-up. The Eagles were a bit slow to start the game.

The Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead on a power play goal. Mary Restuccia was called for interference, which gave Quinnipiac the player advantage. Brittany Lyons got the puck from Felicia Vieweg just off the crease and sent the puck past goaltender Corinne Boyles. The contest progressed slowly as neither team put up more than nine shots in either of the first two periods.

"We need to figure out a way to come out a little bit harder in the first period. It's taking us a little bit to get going and then finally in the third period we are playing our brand of hockey," said King. "I think we just have to work on getting our metal state ready for the beginning of the game."

Things improved for the Eagles in the third frame. The team sent 13 shots towards the net, compared to Quinnipiac's four. The Bobcats gave the Eagles an opportunity when Janine Duffy was penalized for hitting after the whistle just one minute after Bethany Dymarczyk had been called for holding. Danielle Welch and Blake Bolden fed Allie Thunstrom the puck. The senior sent the puck into the back of the net to tie the game. Neither team scored in the overtime and the non-conference match did not end in a shootout, so the game ended 1-1.

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