This weekend, the Boston University Terriers ran away with the back-to-back games against the Boston College women’s hockey team in the Battle of Comm. Ave. The first game, played Friday night in Conte Forum, resulted in a 3-2 loss for the No. 4 BC Eagles. The second game of the series, played away at the Walter Brown Arena, had a similar outcome with BU coming out on top, culminating in a series sweep for the unranked Terriers.
On Friday night, the BC women’s hockey team lost their first home game of the season to the Terriers, ending the game with a score of 3-2. BU came out strong early in the first period, giving the BC defense and freshman goalie Maddy McArthur action right out of the gate. BU had a chip on their shoulder after losing to BC on Nov. 20, and, after trading penalties, BU struck first just six minutes into play. Nara Elia slid the puck right past Maddy McArthur’s left foot, converting on the power play that resulted from a BC tripping penalty.
Throughout the first, BC’s offense was quick down the ice. Yet, some sloppy passing in the offensive zone kept the Eagles off the board. Later in the period, BC was also unable to capitalize on a 5-on-3 situation despite a few strong shots on goal.
The Eagles came into the second period sharper and eager to score. Right off the bat, BC offense was peppering BU goalie Kate Stuart with shots. Around the 13 minute mark, BU and BC were engaged in a 4-on-4 situation when Daryl Watts was able to even the score on an assist from Megan Keller, making the score 1-1. By the end of the second period, BC had out-shot BU 31-10, more than doubling their offensive production.
Both teams came out strong in the final period, vying for the final edge in the first game of the Battle of Comm. Ave. BU was able to use another early power play to their advantage, throwing shots at McArthur. After the front of the net was left congested with skaters, BU was able to sneak the puck through 16 minutes into the period. Later in the third, BU took advantage of yet another power play, blasting the puck right into the back of the net, pushing the score to 3-1 in favor of the Terriers.
Although down, the Eagles were resilient in the third. They kept the offensive pressure on goalie Kate Stuart, feeding her plenty of shots. The Eagles were not going to leave without a fight, playing at the same high intensity the entire contest. Stuart recorded a number of nice saves, including a glove catch off a laser wristed by Daryl Watts. Nonetheless, BC was finally able to respond with a goal of their own. Makenna Newkirk scored off a pass from Megan Keller, leaving the score at 3-2 with just under three minutes to play.
Unfortunately, pulling goalie McArthur in the last minute of play wasn’t enough for the Eagles to secure the tie and send the game into overtime. BC had a few chances in the last couple of seconds of the game but were unable to pull out the victory, falling 3-2.
On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles traveled down the road to the Walter Brown Arena, looking to avenge the previous night’s loss. Both teams looked energized early in the first; BC was trying to even the series and BU was trying to find the sweep. Both teams fought hard throughout the first period and each team received strong looks as a result. Yet, neither team was able to tally a point, leaving the first period scoreless.
The game kicked into gear during the second period. BC earned the first points of the game, finally converting on a power play for a goal by Megan Keller. The early portion of the period showed a quick Eagles offense overtaking a slow BU defense, yielding many shots on goal for the Eagles. However, a BC penalty four minutes in gave BU the scoring opportunity they needed. A top shelf Terrier goal evened the score at one. Less than 10 minutes later, BU scored almost the same exact goal–another topshelf power play goal, allowing them to take the lead at 2-1. BU rounded out a strong period by converting on a second chance shot with under three minutes in the period to make it 3-1.
The third period opened with a Daryl Watts goal in less than a minute to narrow the Terriers’ lead to 3-2. However, the rest of the period proved much less fruitful. BC just could not find the back of the net. Maddy McArthur was pulled in the last 40 seconds in another last-ditch effort to tie the game. However, BU effectively ended the game with an open net goal with 22 seconds left in the match, sweeping the series with a 4-2 victory.
With this series in the books, the Eagles drop to 12-6 overall. BC has now lost their last three games. The women will look for a victory over Merrimack on Friday, Dec. 7 at 2 pm in Chestnut Hill.
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