Just earlier this Febuary, six Boston College hockey players, between the men’s and women’s teams, represented both the US and Canada in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
5 of the 6 eagles represented Team USA, while just one played for team Canada.
Cayla Barnes, Megan Keller, and Alex Carpenter represented the US women's team with stellar performances.
In the women’s preliminary rounds, Team USA had a dominant performance against Finland, Russia, and Switzerland winning 5-2, 5-0, 8-0 respectively.
It seemed the team was somewhat unchallenged until it faced Canada, losing by a close score of 4-2.
However, despite this tough loss, Team USA went into the quarter-finals with their heads held high and were able to win 4-1 against the Czech Republic and 4-1 against Finland in the semi-finals.
Unfortunately, this streak couldn’t last when they once again played Canada in a close game, ultimately losing 3-2.
Similar to the women’s team, BC’s men’s representatives started off their Olympic tournament strong with dominant wins.
BC’s Drew Helleson and Marc McLaughlin represented team US and were able to manage commanding preliminary wins against China and Germany winning 8-0 and 3-2, respectively.
Jack McBain and the Canadian team also had a strong start beating China 5-0 and Germany 5-1.
Near the end of group play, all three of the men’s players were reunited in a game against each other, with Team USA coming out on top by a score of 4-2.
Sadly, BC’s hockey journey into the Olympics was cut short with Team USA losing 2-3 against Slovakia and Sweden beating Team Canada decisively in a 2-0 game in the elimination rounds.
Despite Team US and Team Canada being unable to claim the gold, all of BC’s players played phenomenally well.
Alex Carpenter was able to walk away with 4 astonishing goals, while Cayla Barnes and Jack McBain each recorded one of their own.
Moreover, BC Men’s Hockey was excited to see the return of the Olympic players for their series against BU. While they dropped the first game on the road against BU, they walked away victorious Sunday afternoon at home by a score of 3-1. McBain scored three goals across the two games, as it was evident his leadership and offense were missed while he was away.
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