The Boston College and Northeastern women’s hockey teams met for a crosstown home-and-home series this past Friday and Saturday with each team coming away with a victory. Each squad was able to defend its home ice: Northeastern took its home game on Friday by a score of 4-1, but the Eagles got their revenge with a wild 7-5 victory in Conte Forum on Saturday.
Northeastern got out to an early lead in the first game. The No. 3 team in the country posted three first period goals against the Eagles. After notching their first goal just over three minutes into the game, the Huskies finished off the first period with two goals in quick succession to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
Daryl Watts, the Eagles’ leading goal scorer on the season, backhanded one past Northeastern goalie Aerin Frankel to get BC on the board early in the second period. However, despite a number of good opportunities, the Eagles were unable to cut further into Northeastern’s lead. In a strong performance against a high-powered BC offense, Frankel finished the day with 29 saves.
The Eagles ended up out-shooting Northeastern, 30-29. After the rough start, goaltender Maddy McArthur settled down in the final two periods. She held the Huskies off the board throughout the second and the third.
BC pulled McArthur at the end of the third period in hopes of mounting a comeback with an extra attacker. Despite the last minute push, Northeastern held strong. The Huskies’ Kassidy Anderson slid one through the BC defense and into the awaiting empty net to seal the game.
The loss on Friday dropped the Eagles to 13-9-0 on the year, a far cry from their 30-5-3 mark just a year ago. However, the BC offense bounced back the following day when Northeastern travelled to Chestnut Hill for a rematch.
The Saturday afternoon matchup saw a barrage of goals from both teams, ending in a 7-5 victory for BC. The Eagles set a new season-high with the seven goal performance. Megan Keller got the Eagles out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals to start the game. After a Northeastern power play goal, Daryl Watts added to the Eagles’ lead with 30 seconds to go in the first period, notching her 14th goal of the season.
The Eagles tallied two more goals in the second period courtesy of Kali Flanagan and Kelly Browne. They held a 5-2 lead heading into the final period of the game.
After two quick Northeastern goals saw the BC lead cut to just one, Delaney Belinskas added another score for the Eagles, giving them some breathing room down the stretch. However, Northeastern refused to go away quietly. A goal from Paige Capistran with just under four minutes left in the game cut the Eagles' lead back down to one.
Nevertheless, Belinskas had the answer once again. Her goal at 17:52 in the third period—the 12th goal of the game between the two teams—gave BC a 7-5 lead and sealed the victory for the Eagles. BC escaped the shootout with a victory behind a strong offensive performance.
The win leaves the Eagles sitting at 14-9-0 on the year and 11-7 in the Hockey East. Northeastern moves to 15-3-3 on the year. The two teams will not play in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament in February but could face off in the final or consolation match.
The Eagles will now hit the road for a series against Vermont. They’ll play next Friday and Saturday in Burlington. BC will return to Conte on Jan. 25 when they face off against Providence.
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