No. 6 Boston College women’s hockey shut out Vermont 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink. The victory gave the Eagles their fifth win of the season, and they remain unbeaten at home.
Following a competitive but scoreless first period, the Eagles capitalized on a power play in the second period at 5:20. Redshirt freshman Cayla Barnes—fresh from the 2018 Olympics on the U.S. National Team—fired a shot that rebounded off Vermont goalie Melissa Black. Sophomore phenom Daryl Watts picked up the rebound and put it in the back of the net to notch her fourth goal of the year and give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
About seven minutes later, BC scored again on a goal from Makenna Newkirk. After picking up the puck below the goal line, Lindsay Agnew delivered a perfect pass to Newkirk, who was able to beat the Vermont goaltender and give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Agnew and Newkirk both extended their point streaks to five games on the play.
“Second period, I thought, was a phenomenal period for us,” said Head Coach Katie Crowley following the game. “We were able to put two in and I thought that really helped us get into our groove a little bit.”
BC held off UVM throughout the third period as well, and the Eagles tallied their third and final goal at 18:19. After the Catamounts had pulled their goaltender, Delaney Belinskas was able to push the puck to Caitrin Lonergan, who scored the game-sealing goal for the Eagles. Belinskas’ assist gave the junior her first point of the year.
After an off first period, Coach Crowley attributed a boost in offense to flip-flopping Agnew and Belinskas in the lineup for the second period. Crowley’s change allowed all the lines to be able to score and move quickly to make plays, giving the team a much better opportunity to win.
While the Eagles dominated on offense, freshman goaltender Maddy McArthur also impressed—the rookie made 25 saves and secured her first collegiate shutout. Coach Crowley praised the young goaltender after the game, noting how well she was able to “hold down the fort” against a strong Vermont team.
McArthur was humble after the game, giving credit to her teammates for helping her out and supporting her on the ice.
“It means absolutely everything to me,” said McArthur of her first career shutout. “I think my birds in front of me played really well today. They did a fantastic job of picking up stick so I could find the puck and really worked hard to back up through the neutral zone.”
On defense, BC amassed eight blocked shots, with five coming from Cayla Barnes. Barnes also extended her point streak to five straight games.
The Eagles will look to continue their winning streak when they travel to Worcester on Friday, October 26 to take on Holy Cross at 7 p.m.
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