No.3 Women’s ice hockey bested the Quinnipiac Bobcats, bringing its season record to 3-0-0. A standout performance by the young second line fueled the Eagles' victory, and freshman Daryl Watts factored in on each of the Eagles four goals, scoring one and assisting on three.
However, the team suffered from lackluster special teams, going 0-6 on the power play, and at times showed a lack of discipline, earning five penalties, three of which were in the first five minutes.
The first period was peppered with penalty kills for BC. BC freshman left-winger Daryl Watts sat for a tripping penalty four minutes in, but the Bobcats were unable to turn the opportunity into a goal. Sophomore center Erin Connolly was assessed nearly back to back penalties—first for checking and then for cross-checking—just under ten minutes in and the Eagles were forced back onto the penalty kill.
The third time was the charm for the Bobcats when Brooke Bonsteel took advantage of her team’s power play to light the lamp and take the early lead, 1-0. BC goalie Katie Burt was unable to absorb the initial shot, and Bonsteel was waiting in front of the goal to bury the puck behind Burt off the rebound at 10:33. After this, the Eagles buckled down and utilized an aggressive forecheck to turn the momentum in their favor. They had two power play opportunities but were unable to capitalize on them before the period ended 0-1.
The Eagles skated into the second still on the power play from Quinnipiac’s Kati Tabin checking penalty, and almost as soon as Quinnipiac had killed the penalty, Renee Saltness sat for hooking. Again, the Eagles were frustrated by the Bobcats PK squad. However, the momentum had undoubtedly shifted in BC’s favor. McKenna Newkirk turned this energy into a goal 5:30 into the second to even the score at 1-1. Just five minutes later, Caitrin Lonergan gave the Eagles the lead, 2-1, with a one-timer. Lonergan’s snapshot beat the Bobcats’ goalie Abbie Ives on her stick side to give the Eags a one-goal advantage.
BC opened the scoring less than two minutes into the third when freshman Willow Corson earned her first goal. Daryl Watts took a shot and bore down on Ives for a rebound, but Ives was unable to find the puck. As a result, Ives came far out of goal and didn’t see Watts tap the puck behind her, leaving the goal wide open for Corson to slip in and bury the puck in the net to bring the score to 3-1.
Daryl Watts then lit the lamp again herself when she beat Ives high on her glove side from the slot at 9:27 left in the game, deepening the hole for Quinnipiac to 4-1. Quinnipiac did not roll over, however, getting one last shot in with a goal from Kenzie Lancaster high on Burt’s stick side to make the score 4-2, but the Eagles came out with the win.
Overall, BC’s second line alone combined for 13 points, and Willow Corson had her first goal as well as personally putting up four points.
On scoring her first goal, Corson said, “It’s not too hard when you have great teammates. Caitrin got the puck to Daryl and she made that breakaway. I just got the puck and I was surprised she didn’t take it herself, but I went hard to the net and banged it in.”
Coach Cowley also commented on the second line’s stand out performance, saying, “I thought they were really good tonight. They’re a fairly young line, two freshmen and a sophomore but I thought they found ways to buzz around and put pucks in the net and they work extremely hard while they’re doing it. I think that’s something that you want and hopefully they’ll keep producing for us.”
However, Coach Crowley also acknowledged the weak spots her team faced. “We found some things we need to work on, and we’ll do that in the next couple of weeks,” she said.
It is reasonable to assume that special teams is one of those weak spots. Coach Crowley said that sometimes the special teams were too focused on “fancy moves” instead of making the play. Another hole in their game was that the Eagles were just marginally weaker in the face-off circle. However, this was mitigated by the consistent forcing of Quinnipiac into its own defensive zone.
BC will resume play this Friday in Connecticut against UConn.