Four-Goal First Period Propels Boston College to a 4-1 win Over Minnesota
Provided by the University of Minnesota
The No. 3 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team allowed four goals in the first and fell to Boston College 4-1 today in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The loss dropped the Golden Gophers to 26-10-2 on the season and ended their season. Boston College improved to 26-6-6 and advance to the Frozen Four. The Eagles will play the winner of the Wisconsin/Minnesota Duluth game, which will be held later on tonight.
BC came at the Gophers right out of the gate and scored four goals within the first 14 minutes of the game. Ashley Motherwell scored just 24 seconds into the contest. Gopher goalie Noora Raty was trying to stop the puck off the backboard, but went in front of the net for Motherwell to score her fifth goal of the year. Melissa Bizzari took advantage of a Gopher turnover in their zone to go up, 2-0 just 2:45 into the contest. Minnesota called a timeout at 2:56 into the game, but the Eagles added another two by the 13:50 mark. Patty Kazmaier top-three finalist Kelli Stack scored back-to-back goals at 8:16 and 13:50 to put the Eagles up 4-0 after one.
The fast start by BC was all that it needed in order to win. Sarah Erickson broke Minnesota’s drought and netted a power-play goal at 11:45 in the second. Erickson rifled a shot high and on the short side of BC goalie Molly Schaus to put the game at 4-1 after two. Amanda Kessel and Megan Bozek assisted on the play.
Minnesota had 14 shots in the first, four in the second and 14 in the third for 32. BC scored four goals on eight shots in the first and had 28 for the game. Minnesota pulled Raty at the end, but the Gophers could not covert with the extra attacker.
It was the final career game for seniors Terra Rasmussen, Laura May and Jenny Lura. Rasmussen finished her career playing in 149 games and scored 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points. May played in 143 games for Minnesota. She scored 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points. Goaltender Lura saw action in 42 games for Minnesota and had a career 1.82 goals against average.