The No. 4 Boston College women’s hockey team dropped their first two games of the season to No. 9 Minnesota Duluth on the road over the weekend. Although the Eagles fiercely competed in both games, they were unable to match the Bulldogs on the ice.
On Friday night, UMD defeated the Eagles 4-2 in their season opener, maintaining control for a majority of the game. The Bulldogs struck first, scoring their first goal at 6:46 in the first period. BC responded towards the end of the period, with sophomore phenom Daryl Watts tallying her first goal of the season at 15:22.
BC scored early in the second and kept the lead for most of the period. UMD bounced back later, however, scoring at 16:31 and tying the game as the teams headed into the final third of the game.
The Bulldogs found the back of the net twice in the third period, while the Eagles were unable to get anything going. UMD outshot BC 35-27, a sign of their dominance over the Eagles in the matchup.
Despite the Bulldogs opening the scoring and ultimately finishing with four goals, freshman goaltender Maddy McArthur impressed in her first career start for the Eagles. McArthur notched 31 saves—the most by a rookie BC goaltender since 2006. Four other players made their BC debut on Friday night: freshmen Olivia Fincchiaro, Jillian Fey, and Savannah Norcross, and junior Lindsay Agnew.
The Eagles fought hard on Saturday afternoon, but were unable to overcome the Bulldogs for a second day in a row, losing 2-1. Again, UMD scored first, forcing the Eagles to play from behind from the start. After letting up a second goal in the first period, the Eagles had dug themselves a hole that would prove insurmountable.
Early in the second period, the Eagles picked up what would be their only goal of the game. Erin Connolly and Kelly Browne assisted Savannah Norcross in picking up her first career goal in the maroon and gold; the assist was also Browne’s first point of her career.
BC was unable to take advantage of a few power plays throughout the game, which contributed to the frustrating loss. The Eagles valiantly fought to make the comeback a reality, attempting 12 shots in the last six minutes of the game, but were unable to produce any results.
This is the first time since 2012 the Eagles have started the season 0-2. As BC returns home for a five-game stretch, they will look to pick up their first win against Syracuse on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
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