BC Women’s hockey struggled to show up in the Hockey East Quarterfinals against the UConn Huskies on Sunday night. With a final score of 5-1, the 7-seed Huskies simply outplayed the 2-seed Eagles. This marks the second year in a row the Huskies beat BC at home in the Hockey East tournament.
BC showed up to the game coming off of a 2-0 win against BU, while UConn had not played a game in two weeks, so momentum was in BC’s favor.
Although both teams had promising chances in the first period, the first frame ended scorelessly.
The scoreboard broke open early in the second period. UConn forward Danika Pasqua brought the puck down the left side and shot towards the slot, where Morgan Wabick buried it in the back of the net. Although BC goalie, Abigail Levy, had a strong showing against UConn’s offense in the first period, she could not shift fast enough to block Wabick’s shot.
Not even five minutes later, UConn forward Viki Harkness took advantage of a BC penalty and scored during the power play. After a great save by Levy, the Huskies recovered the rebound and squeezed the puck past Levy’s glove side.
The Huskies then closed out a very successful second period with a goal from Coryn Tormala, who got around a defending Eagle and got the puck over Levy’s glove side.
The third period opened with more spirit from the Eagles than the prior frame, but the Huskies came out just as strong. Pasqua had her second goal of the night and scored on a breakaway with seven minutes left in the period, making the score 4-0.
The Eagles finally broke the shutout that Annie Bélanger was holding and scored off of an offensive zone faceoff. Cayla Barnes had the one-time and Caroline Difiore had the assist.
Although the momentum seemed to be turning, the Huskies quickly shut down the Eagle’s glimpse of hope and scored their fifth goal with less than two minutes left in the game. Morgan Wabick carried the puck past the blue line and put it inside the post on Levy’s glove side.
Eliminated from the Hockey East Tournament, BC must wait until Sunday, to see if they will advance to the NCAA tournament or if their season is over. The Eagles are on the verge of making the tournament, and as long as there aren't any major upsets, they should be expecting to play in the tournament before their season is over.