Alexis Crossley Scores Pair of Goals in Win for New Hampshire

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIOctober 26, 2012

Courtesy of New Hampshire Athletics
Courtesy of New Hampshire Athletics

An October 20 upset of No. 4 Boston College featured a superlative performance by Alexis Crossley. Her two goals (including the game winning tally) helped the Wildcats prevail by a 4-3 mark at Whittemore Center.

With 11:11 left in the first frame, Crossley (who hails from Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, hometown of Sidney Crosby) scored the first goal of the contest. Assists went to Arielle O’Neill and Jonna Curtis. The BC Eagles replied with a marker by Dana Trivigno with 6:16 remaining. Team captain Blake Bolden and Meghan Grieves assisted on the game-tying goal. The opening period saw New Hampshire backstop Vilma Vaattovaara block seven shots, while BC’s Megan Miller made 10 saves.

Grieves scored her first NCAA goal to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead in the second stanza. Top prospect Haley Skarupa assisted on the Eagles' third goal of the game (her first in regular season play), scored by Trivigno. New Hampshire managed to reduce the Eagles' lead before the end of the second. Kristin Horn buried the puck past Eagles goaltender Megan Miller at the 13:10 mark.

Sara Carlson evened the score in the third period. Said goal was her fourth of the season, to lead all Wildcats skaters. A power play for the Wildcats (in which the Eagles were called for holding) led to the game-winning goal. Crossley, who won a gold medal with Canada at the 2012 IIHF Under-18 Women’s Worlds, scored the game winner at the 9:53 mark. It was Crossley’s third goal of the season with Kristin Horn and Arielle O’Neill assisting.

Wildcats goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (from Veikkola, Finland) stood between the pipes in a 32 save effort. With the victory, Vaattovaara now has three wins on the season. Megan Miller made 24 saves in a losing effort as Haley Skarupa led all Eagles skaters in shots with eight.