Boston College women’s hockey took down Maine on Saturday afternoon in an uneven single-game matchup. The Eagles prevailed over the Black Bears, 5-3, at Kelley Rink.
The No. 5 Eagles kept their undefeated season alive with this game that was put away very early on. The Eagles are now 6-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in Hockey East play after this contest. These two teams have not matched up since before the pandemic, in a two-game series with one win apiece.
BC came on strong early in the first period, looking to prove their top-five ranking. Four different Eagles scored in the first period, gaining an insurmountable lead on Maine after just 20 minutes of the game.
Abby Newhook tallied the first goal for Boston just five minutes into play. Newhook finished a feed from Hannah Bilka before Maine’s goaltender could even react. BC goalie Abigail Levy was credited with an assist for that one.
The Eagles' next goal came from Bilka herself, who fired a shot from the low circle which was deflected in for her second point of the night. The assists were credited to Newhook, for her second point as well, and Willow Corson.
Maine went on their second power play of the day late in the first period with hopes of getting back into the game. Boston’s Keri Clougherty received the call for cross-checking. This power play didn’t go exactly to plan, however, as BC found a way to score short-handed. Gaby Roy found a break and used her backhand for the third goal of the night, assisted by Jillian Fey and Kelly Browne.
Despite being up 3-0, the Eagles decided to add one more goal in the first. Caroline Goffredo, assisted by Katie Pyne and Fey, snuck the puck just over the goal line to put BC up four in a very lopsided first period.
The second period opened with mostly uneventful play. About halfway through the period, in the 13th minute, Maine finally notched their first goal. Levy got her stick on the puck, but poked it back to Maine’s Morgan Trimper for a finish by the right post.
A penalty on BC’s Olivia O’Brien early on in the third gave Maine their fourth chance at a power play, and this time they were able to convert. Finally finding a rhythm late in the game, Ally Johnson tipped the puck into the net from the top of the crease to put the score at 4-2.
Although the Eagles still had the game under control, Bilka decided to add one last insurance goal in the ninth minute of the third period. She intercepted a Maine pass in the neutral zone and carried up the ice, finishing it off with a wrist shot. Bilka led the Eagles with her two goals and an assist. BC is now 17-0-1 when Bilka scores a goal.
With this 5-3 victory, it marks the third time in program history that the Eagles open a season with six consecutive wins.
Next up for Boston College is Northeastern with a home-and-home series next Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
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