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Women's Hockey beats Providence in OT, secures #2 in Hockey East Standings

Boston College’s women’s hockey team continued their hot streak against Providence College Friday night, off a Cayla Barnes’ overtime goal to seal a 2-1 victory. This game marked the Eagles’ ninth consecutive win. Their last loss was in mid-December. 

Providence College took the lead five minutes into the first period. The goal, by Bailey Burton, went through the five-hole and came off the long feed down the ice from Brooke Becker. 

Savannah Norcross scored the game-tying goal in the second period after Hannah Bilka intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and split the defense to bring the puck onto the offensive side of the ice. Bilka found Norcross on the fast break and slid the puck past the Friars’ goalie to score the goal that would eventually force overtime. 

Barnes’ goal came halfway through the overtime period off an assist from Norcross. Norcross passed the puck from the hash marks to Barnes at the right side of the goal. Barnes then hit the one-timer over Sandra Abstreiter’s leg and just under the crossbar to secure the win for the Eagles

After the goal early in the game, goalie Abigail Levy played a phenomenal game for the Eagles. She did not allow another goal and went on to finish the game with 30 saves, including 13 in the second period. Levy is still yet to allow more than one goal in a game since her start in November.

Although she didn’t pick up the win, Abstreiter also played very well in goal for the Friars. Her 32 saves marked a new career-high for her at Providence, and a save percentage of over 94% is good enough to win most games. 

This game against Providence could be one of BC’s last regular-season games. With scheduling in flux due to COVID-19 and the Hockey East Tournament starting on February 24th, the Eagles will likely start focusing on preparing for the postseason. 

The Hockey East Tournament will be single elimination this year, and seeding will be determined based on a mathematical formula--the Hockey East Power Index--rather than simply points. As of right now, the Eagles currently sit at #2 in the power index rankings, with Northeastern at #1. 

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