CHESTNUT HILL, MA (February 6) -- Junior forward Megan McLeod (Livonia, MI) scored the game-winning goal with just 1:36 remaining in regulation to propel the University of Connecticut womens ice hockey team past Hockey East foe Boston College, 4-3, on Friday at the Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass. With the victory, UConn improves to 8-13-4 on the season and is now just one game under .500 in league play at 4-5-2. The Eagles slip to 5-13-2, 0-9-0.
McLeod's game-winner came after a Tiffany Owens (Belleville, MI) fired a shot on net that was saved by Boston College keeper Lisa Davis. Davis failed to cover the rebound though and a scramble ensued. McLeod found herself in the right place at the right time as she collected the rebound and slammed the puck into the top-shelf, over Davis, who was on the ice. The score was McLeod's second game-winner of the season.
Senior forward Sara Mahoney (Lynn, MA) notched the Huskies first goal of the evening at the 6:55 mark of the first period. However, BC would answer with three consecutive goals in the second period in about a nine-minute span. In fact, the Eagles owned the second period, out-shooting UConn 7-to-3 in the stanza and seized a 3-1 edge heading into the final twenty minutes.
But the third period belonged to UConn as the Huskies rattled off three unanswered goals. McLeod scored her first goal of the night 2:31 into the third period off another assist from Owens. Freshman Leslie Hurlburt (Markham, Ontario) tied the game up at three when she took a feed from classmate Katherine Van Deveire (Brandon, Manitoba) and stuffed it past Davis. That goal set the stage for McLeod's game-winner.
The Huskies out-shot BC 22-to-14 on the evening. Shannon Murphy (Mapleville, RI) stopped 11 shots for the Huskies, while Davis made 18 saves for Boston College.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday, February 8 when they return home to take on Boston College at the UConn Ice Arena. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m.