By: Patrick Donnelly
CHESTNUT HILL – In one final matchup before the Thanksgiving break, the Terriers (3-4-4, 3-4-4 WHEA) traveled down Commonwealth Ave to visit the No. 4 Boston College Eagles (11-3-0, 8-1-0 WHEA).
Head coach Brian Durocher’s Terriers never gave up in this close contest, even when facing two-goal deficits early and late in the game, but BU fell just short with a final score of 4-3.
Corinne Schroeder got the start once again for BU, stopping 33 of the 37 shots she faced in the loss. On the season, Schroeder now boasts a .924 save percentage and a 2.24 goals against average to go with a 2-4-4 record.
Freshman phenom Maddy McArthur got the call for BC as she added to her sparkling .940 save percentage, 1.29 GAA, and 11-3-0 record, turning away 10 of 13 shots faced.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the first period as Lindsay Agnew potted her fifth of the season at the 6:24 mark with help from Daryl Watts and Mackenna Newkirk. BC added to their lead in the first as Ryan Little tallied her first of the season; assisted by Megan Keller and Erin Connolly.
Jesse Compher answered for the Terriers just two minutes after Little’s tally at 14:43 of the first frame, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Nara Ella picked up the assist on Compher’s seventh of the season. Three minutes later at the 17:04 mark, Mackenna parker picked up her third of the season to tie the game at two apiece with assists coming from Sammy Davis and Jesse Compher.
Both BU and BC were a perfect on the penalty kill in the opening frame, each killing off two opponent power plays. The Eagles put pressure on Schroeder early in the game, peppering her with 17 shots, 14 of which were stopped by the BU net-minder. To the Terriers’ credit they were able to come up with two goals on the four shots they managed to put on net.
BC maintained the pressure on the Terriers, outshooting them 13-3. 4:08 into the second, Kelly Browne scored her second of the season on the power play, putting the Eagles up 3-2; assisted by Megan Keller and Lindsey Agnew.
Of the Eagle’s five power play opportunities in the second period, the Terriers managed to kill off four of them, only surrendering the one goal to Browne.
The Eagles didn’t ease off the gas in the third period, as Maegan Beres got her first of the season at the 8:12 mark of the final frame with the helpers coming from Ryan Little and Serena Sommerfield.
At 12:44 of the third, the Terriers picked up their fourth and final power play chance of the game as Maegan Beres got whistled for tripping. As time wound down on the opportunity, Abby Cook pulled the Terriers within one with her third goal of the season at 14:10 of the third; assisted by Sammy Davis and Nara Elia.
The Terriers continued to apply pressure to BC late as Durocher pulled Schroeder to get the extra attacker out with 19:03 to go in the game down one. The last-ditch effort proved to be fleeting as time ran out with the final score at 4-3 in favor of the Eagles.
Compher (1G,1A) and Davis (2A) each had two point nights as Schroeder stood tall, keeping the Terriers in it as BC controlled most of the pace of play.
Durocher’s Terriers are back in action next Tuesday at 7:00pm as they travel to Providence to take on Brown in their first game following the Thanksgiving break.