Feb. 4, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team dropped a heartbreaker this afternoon to No. 7 Boston College as the Eagles came from behind to earn a 3-2 overtime victory at Kelley Rink. Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Jocelyn Slattery (Hugo, Minn.) recorded the pair of UConn goals, while Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) notched 41 saves in net.
The Huskies are now 12-16-1 overall this season and 8-7-1 in Hockey East action, while the Eagles are now 17-5-4 overall and 11-3-2 in conference play.
Murphy put the Huskies on the board late in the first period when she scored at the 17:37 mark giving the Huskies the 1-0 advantage. The goal marked the eighth of the season for Murphy, while Maude Blain (Magog, Que.) posted her ninth assist of the year after finding Murphy in the slot.
Slattery recorded her third goal of the year just two minutes in to the second period as she fired the puck past BC's Molly Schaus for the 2-0 UConn lead. Murphy and Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) were credited with the assists on the goal as they found Slattery with the open shot at the net. The assist marked the fourth of the season for Murphy and her second point of the game, while Chaisson posted her team-high 12th helper of the year.
The Husky lead wouldn't hold for long though, as Boston College rallied with eight minutes left in the third period, scoring a pair of goals to force the game into overtime. The contest was just the second overtime game all season for the Huskies, as they also went extra against the Eagles back in October when the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie.
BC's Kelli Stack and Mary Restuccia each posted a goal less than six minutes apart to bring the game to a 2-2 tie with under two minutes left to play. Both teams challenged for the game-winner in the final minutes of regulation, but both teams were unable to capitalize on any of their chances.
The Eagles controlled play during overtime, recording three shots on net before finding the game-winner at the 1:28 mark. BC's Danielle Welch was able to get the puck around Garcia, scoring the final goal of the contest for the 3-2 BC victory.
The Eagles held the major advantage in shots on goal as BC posted 44 to UConn's 17. Garcia tallied 41 saves in net for the Huskies, which ties her career-high that she set earlier this season, while BC's Molly Schaus recorded 15.
UConn returns to action on Sunday (Feb. 6) when they host Northeastern at 11:00 a.m. at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. The game time is changed from what was originally scheduled due to the Freitas Ice Forum being closed for precautionary purposes.