Men’s and women’s hockey lit up Conte Forum over the weekend, taking both of their contests and scoring 17 collective points over four games to their opponents' combined six.
The women will advance to their eighth-straight Hockey East semifinal after taking a best-of-three quarterfinal series against Vermont in two games.
Just one day after five Eagles led the U.S. women to their first gold since 1998, No. 3 BC topped the Catamounts 3-1 Friday afternoon with a goal per period. Daryl Watts solidified her place as the nation’s leading scorer with her 41st goal. Makenna Newkirk, who led the game with two points, added an unassisted goal in the second to lift the Eagles to 2-0.
After Vermont answered with their only score midway through the third period, Caitrin Lonergan, off Kenzie Kent's attempt on power play, slid the puck past the goalie to give the Eagles the series advantage.
On Saturday, BC delivered a decisive 6-1 win behind three points each from Newkirk (two goals, one assist) and Tori Miano (one goal, two assists). Four of the Eagles’ goals came on the power play.
Miano, Kent, and Newkirk all scored within two minutes and 30 seconds in the second to break a brief 1-1 tie. A five-minute hitting from behind major sent UVM’s Taylor Flaherty to the box in the third and allowed Newkirk and Grace Bizal to finish off the game with two more points.
The men closed out their regular season with a two-game sweep of Maine. The series clinched the Eagles’ 16th-straight Hockey East regular season title. BC now enters the postseason at the top of the HEA and 19th in the nation.
The Eagles clinched their title with Friday’s 6-3 win over the Black Bears. Kevin Lohan (two goals, one assist), Logan Hutsko (one goal, two assists), and David Kim (three assists) together tallied three points in the win.
Hutsko’s goal, the first of four straight for the Eagles, landed him the top spot in Friday’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays.
Saturday’s contest was tighter, with BC scoring twice before Maine retaliated in the second. David Cotton and Chris Brown each scored their goals on second attempts. It was goalie Joe Woll’s fourth-straight game with at least 24 stops.
Next up, the women head down the road to Matthews Arena Saturday, March 3 to vy for a spot in Sunday’s HEA final game and a shot at their second consecutive title.
The men will await their HEA semifinal matchup from the top spot in the conference. Postseason play begins Friday, March 2.