After defeating Northeastern 5-2 in the semifinals a week ago, Boston College women's hockey topped Boston University 4-3 in overtime Monday night to take home their third-straight Beanpot title. Senior Toni Ann Miano netted the winning goal for BC.
BC goalie Katie Burt won the Bertagna Award, annually given to the top goaltender of the Beanpot. Freshman phenom Daryl Watts came away with the MVP award after finishing the two-game tournament with four goals and one assist.
The game was riddled with momentum swings. In the first period, BC controlled the action. The Eagles won every loose puck and held on to possession to attain a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
After BU senior Victoria Bach got her team on the board with the 100th goal of her career in the second frame, the Terriers began to take control. They came back with another goal on a power play less than a minute later to tie the game up at two.
Later in the second, Rebecca Leslie gave BU its first lead of the game.
Bach was the catalyst for the Terriers. Her goal ignited their comeback, and she added an assist on Leslie’s goal.
“She’s been a fantastic player for us,” said BU Head Coach Brian Durocher on what Bach’s career has meant for his team.
The score remained 3-2 in favor of the Terriers for the rest of the second and much of the third period until Watts tied the game up for the Eagles with 4:08 to go in the game. Her wrist shot finally breathed life back into BC after a frustrating drought.
Though Watts and Miano scored the most decisive goals of the night, one of the most impressive plays came on BC’s second goal. Caitrin Lonergan glided into the slot and tapped the puck behind her back to Daryl Watts, who delivered a perfect pass straight to the tape of waiting teammate Molly Slowe.
All that was left for Slowe to do was stuff the puck into the open net. The impressive and selfless passing by the Eagles gave them a two-goal lead and a highlight reel score.
Junior Molly Slowe came up big for the Eagles in the championship game. Though she doesn’t get as much time on the ice as Lonergan or Watts—her first period goal was just the second of her career—she provided a number of key plays that contributed to the Eagles’ win. In addition to her goal, she set up Watts’ equalizer with a great pass, adding an assist and finishing the game with two points.
“She doesn’t get that many shifts, but when she does, she’s a difference maker,” Burt said.
Head Coach Katie Crowley also said that the crowd gave the Eagles a boost in the game.
“I thought the crowd was tremendous for us tonight,” Crowley said. “That’s something our players don’t get that often.”
The cheering sections were not as big as those at men’s hockey games, but the crowd was still lively for this rivalry matchup. The Eagles, ranked fourth in the nation, ignited the crowd with their third period comeback and overtime victory.
BC claimed their eighth Beanpot championship with the win. Their overall record now stands at 26-3-3 for the season. The Eagles will look to ride the momentum of their tournament win when they hit the road to take on Maine this Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
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