The Boston College women’s hockey team faced Northeastern in a tough Top 5 match-up Tuesday night at Matthew’s Arena. Despite snagging a two-point lead in the first twenty minutes of the game, the No. 4 Eagles fell to the No. 5 Huskies in overtime by a score of 5-4.
The Eagles started the game off strong with freshman Savannah Norcross earning her third goal of the season from a rebound off Kali Flanagan’s shot, then off the glove of Northeastern’s goalie Aerin Frankel.
The first of multiple penalties for BC occurred with ten minutes left in the period on forward Daryl Watts, leading the Huskies into their first power play of the game–Northeastern ultimately came up empty. With under five minutes in the first period, goalie Maddy McArthur gloved the puck off a shot from Northeastern’s Alina Mueller to maintain the lead.
BC took a 2-0 lead with just over a minute left in the first period. Initially, Willow Carson was credited with the goal, but in the early seconds of the second period, it was confirmed that Daryl Watts made the shot off a tip in front from Grace Bizal. This was the first goal for Watts in five games, breaking the longest drought of her career. The Eagles outshot Northeastern 15 to 9 in the first period.
Within minutes of the beginning of the second period, Maddy McArthur saved a 2-on-1 with her best save of the evening. Shortly after, another Eagle was sent to the penalty box, leading to a successful power play for Northeastern. Alina Mueller scored for the Huskies, making this the tenth goal of her career and third shot of the night.
The first call against the Huskies should have been made about six minutes into the second period after Caitrin Lonergan was shoved into the wall by a Huskie. Lonergan was able to skate off the ice while head coach Katie Crowley fought for a penalty against Northeastern after the hit. Shortly after no penalty was called, Alina Mueller scored again for the Huskies off an assist from Veronika Pettey, using her shooting lane to find the target to tie the game.
At a minute left in the second period, Kasidy Anderson scored another goal for Northeastern, giving the Huskies their first lead of the night. Soon after making the shot, Anderson was the first Huskie of the game to receive a penalty, leading BC to their first power play of the night.
The power play for the Eagles went over to the third period, where they ended up receiving another power play seconds in, allowing Makenna Newkirk to score and tie the game. With around fourteen minutes left in the period, Delaney Belinskas was sent to the penalty box, marking yet another power play for the Huskies.
Makenna Newkirk came in again with a shot hopping over Aerin Frankel’s glove, making the score 4-3. With a little over a minute left in the third period, Northeastern’s Kelly Aurard scored off a self-pass into an empty net to tie the game at 4 apiece. The third period ended in a tie, taking the first meeting of the season between the two teams into overtime.
After a tough battle, Northeastern ultimately won the game 5-4, with freshman Mia Brown scoring her first career goal. This is the first time BC has lost a game where they held the lead for the first twenty minutes.
The Eagles will look to rebound from this loss as they take on Comm. Ave. rival BU at home on Friday at 6 p.m.
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