CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Reese Maccario scored her first career goal for the UConn women’s hockey team in a 6-1 setback at No. 1 Boston College on Friday night at Conte Forum. The loss drops the Huskies to 3-8-5 on the year and 0-4-2 in Hockey East play, while the Eagles improve to 12-0-1 and 8-0-0 in league action.
The goal for Maccario (Marblehead, Mass.) gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead late in the first period, before the high-powered Eagles offense scored the next six goals. Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) made 36 saves for UConn, while Katie Burt stopped 12 shots for BC. Maccario also fired a team-high five of UConn’s 13 shots on target.
The contest marked the seventh all-time for UConn against the nation’s No. 1 team, with the Huskies now 0-6-1 in those contests. It was also the sixth game against a ranked opponent in 16 total games this season. UConn went 0-for-4 on the power play, with BC going 1-for-4 with the advantage.
The Huskies scratched across the game’s first goal at 15:25 of the opening stanza, with Maccario connecting off assists from Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) and Lexi Lersch (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). The Eagles responded three minutes later, when Alex Carpenter scored her WHEA-leading 13th goal of the year to tie the contest at 1-1 heading into the first intermission. Belanger made 15 saves in the first period.
Neither team generated much offense through the bulk of the second period, until the Eagles scored twice in a little over a minute late in the frame. Tori Sullivan got the first goal for BC at 13:16, before Haley Skarupa made it 3-1 at 14:28. The Eagles took that two-goal lead into the second intermission.
Boston College extended its lead in the early portion of the third period, with Carpenter potting her second goal at 6:30 before Sullivan notched her second at 8:10 and put the Eagles up 5-1. Danielle Doherty added another for BC on the power play at 13:44, sending the score to the final ledger of 6-1.
The Huskies and Eagles return to the ice tomorrow afternoon in Storrs. Puck drop from Freitas Ice Forum is set for 3 p.m.
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