It’s the doldrums of February. The NFL season is over and sports fans yearn for something or someone to catch their interest on a field, court, or rink. It seems that most Boston sports fanatics would willingly hibernate until they have the chance to see Tom Brady back on the field (maybe) for the NFL 2018-19 preseason.
But roughly twenty-six miles north of Gillette Stadium lies Conte Forum, an arena that makes even Grayson Allen tremble. To the Boston College Women’s Hockey squad, however, Conte Forum is home.
The Eagles have posted a 26-3-3 record overall while earning an impressive 17 wins, 2 losses, and 3 ties in conference play. The Eagles have defended their No. 4 spot in the USCHO and NCAA rankings.
As of February 12th, while other teams transitioned in and out of the top ten like Clarkson and Wisconsin, BC remained solidly at No. 4.
In addition, BC women’s hockey is ranked first in Hockey East.
Several faces stood out in Monday’s Beanpot Championship win over Boston University.
One major contributor was freshman Daryl Watts. The Toronto native slotted two goals and one assist in BC’s 4-3 win over the Terriers. Watts has been a key contributor all season, however, her second game as an Eagle against Minnesota Duluth, where she scored three goals, and her four goals on Jan. 5 against New Hampshire were arguably her most extraordinary performances.
Watts has certainly turned the heads of many Eagle fans this season, but her 39 goals and 36 assists in just 32 games have earned her a laundry list of accolades: American Hockey Coaches Association Rookie of the Month in October, November, and January; Player of the Month in October; four HEA Rookie of the Month awards and seven HEA Player of the Week nods.
She currently stands alone as the nation’s leading scorer.
Senior goalie Katie Burt from Lynn, Massachusetts has also proven to be a rock for the team as well as a brick wall in the net. Burt has stayed solid between the pipes with a .927 save percentage on the season.
At Monday night’s Beanpot Championship in Conte Forum, Burt prevented 29 Terrier shots from reaching the back of the net and racked up her 115th career win, earning the record for the most career wins in NCAA Ice Hockey.
In August, Burt was selected first overall in the NWHL draft by the Boston Pride.
BC will finish out its regular season with a series at Maine (17-10-5) this weekend, Feb. 16-17. Postseason tournaments begin Feb. 23 in Conte Forum with the Hockey East quarterfinals.
While the Eagles look to carry their success into the Hockey East and NCAA Tournaments, three current players are looking to bring home gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. Cayla Barnes ‘22, Kali Flanagan ‘19, and Megan Keller ’19 are representing BC on Team USA alongside three other former Boston College hockey players. USA is coming off a 2-1 loss to Canada after wins against Russia and Finland, and their 2-1 record places them second in Group A.
Best of luck to those Eagles playing in Conte Forum and those skating in PyeongChang.
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