Boston College women’s hockey extended their home winning streak to eight on Tuesday night in a thrilling match-up against rival Boston University. The Eagles defeated the Terriers 4-3 by spreading their points around and putting the cohesiveness of their team on display.
BC started off the scoring in a competitive first period with Daryl Watts slotting the puck to Lindsay Agnew for the first goal of the game at 6:24. About six minutes later, Ryan Little notched her first goal of the season off a pass from Megan Keller, giving the Eagles a quick 2-0 lead.
When asked about scoring her first goal, Little praised Keller for setting her up, demonstrating the camaraderie of the team this season. “It was really exciting,” said Little. “Megan Keller just really set me up for that, so she’s the reason I scored that goal. It was fun and I was excited.”
Despite their early deficit, BU fought back in the first period, scoring two goals in less than three minutes. With the Terriers right back in the game, the Eagles knew they had to step up their game to stop BU’s offensive attack and regain the lead.
“I think we really stuck with each other and worked hard,” said Little. “We realized after the goals had been scored that we couldn’t let down and we needed to keep going and just keep trying to put the puck in the net.”
The Eagles came out hot in the second period, capitalizing on a power play to take the lead back at 4:08. Keller sauced a pass to freshman Kelly Browne, who fired a shot past the BU goalie for her second goal as an Eagle. In a penalty-ridden second period, BC had five power play chances, but was able to convert only once.
About halfway through the third period, Little found herself in a one-on-one situation with a BU defenseman. She drew the defender towards herself before passing the puck off to Maegan Beres, who launched the puck into the back of the net. Beres’ goal put the Eagles up 4-2 as they worked to close out the game.
Although the Terriers scored one more goal in the third, the Eagles were able to secure the win.
BC had a strong showing on both offense and defense, topping BU in shots on goal 37-13. The defense held the Terriers to only nine shots for most of the game, giving the offense multiple opportunities to score.
“I thought our puck possession in the offensive zone was great and that it didn’t give them too many opportunities,” said head coach Katie Crowley. “Overall, I thought our team did a great job of keeping pucks away from the net … I’m happy when we’re keeping teams to 13 shots on net.”
The Eagles will look to extend their win streak to four as they head to Worcester to take on Holy Cross at 1 p.m. on Saturday.