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Women's Hockey is No. 2 in the Nation. So Where Are the Fans?

If Boston College Women’s Hockey beats Vermont 3-2 in overtime at home Friday night, but no one is around to see it, did it really happen?

Technically, yes. But looking around Conte Forum, you would never know that Boston College is home to the No. 2 women’s college hockey team in the nation.

“Seven Nation Army” blasts over a crowd of less than 100 people after Kenzie Kent scores the first goal of the night. The audience is largely comprised of parents, local Newton families, and what looks like a high school girls hockey team.

BC students in street clothes wander in and leave after a period, having secured their 20 Gold Pass points in a too little, too late attempt to see the infinitely more popular men’s team in the Beanpot this February.

The women have a Beanpot, too. It’s played right here at Kelley Rink—convenient for BC fans (if they show up), but completely devoid of the hype and prestige that TD Garden lends to the men’s tournament.

All four teams in the women’s tournament are ranked, from the Eagles at No. 2, all the way to BU at No. 26. Only half (BC and Northeastern) of the men’s teams are ranked by the US College Hockey Organization.

BC’s victory Friday night came after a decisive 6-2 defeat of No. 16 Harvard, the team’s fifth straight win over the Crimson. Where six different players recorded goals against Harvard, Kenzie Kent, who also led the Eagles to the NCAA Lacrosse Championship, and Caitrin Lonergan led the game with 2 points each off one goal and one assist each.

“We literally couldn’t care less who’s leading in assists, or goals, or points,” said freshman Daryl Watts. “We’re just so happy for each other when one of us does something good on the ice.”

Defenseman Serena Sommerfield ultimately did the best thing she could do on the ice, ending the game with an overtime goal less than two minutes into the first sudden-death period.

The Catamounts answered each of the Eagles’ goals with one of their own to preserve the tie until the end of regulation. Ali O’Leary and Alyssa Gorecki were the players to put it in the net for Vermont, but a total of five different ‘Cats notched one point each off two goals and three assists.

The teams meet again Saturday, Jan. 20 at noon at Kelley Rink, giving the Eagles an opportunity to complete a 3-0 sweep of Vermont this season.

The Women’s Beanpot starts on Feb. 6, when BC will take on Northeastern at home. You can find tickets here, and students can get in using their Gold Pass. The finals and consolation games will take place at Kelley Rink on Feb. 13.

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