The tenth-ranked Boston College women’s hockey team traveled north to Durham, New Hampshire on Saturday and fell to UNH by a score of 3-2. The Eagles held a late 2-1 lead, but two third-period goals by Wildcat forward Taylor Wenczkowski propelled the Wildcats to an upset victory over BC.
Both teams got off to a sluggish start, with no scoring in the first period despite each team having power-play opportunities. The Eagles, in particular, had plenty of chances to score, outshooting UNH 13-4 in the first twenty minutes. However, they were unable to convert on any scoring opportunities until five minutes into the second.
Thanks to a lucky bounce off of a UNH player when the Eagles attempted to clear the puck, Megan Keller was able to take control in the neutral zone and pass it to forward Lindsay Agnew, who fought off a defender and fired a shot that snuck below the crossbar and past UNH goalie Kyra Smith for a short-handed goal. It was Agnew’s sixth of the season.
Agnew’s goal marked a new career high for her in goals, in addition to eight assists, also making it a career-high in terms of points overall. The junior forward has shown noticeable improvement this season.
The Wildcats answered relatively quickly, however, as a goal by Jenna Rheault thirteen minutes into the second period evened the score at 1-1. The Eagles did not hesitate to respond, as forward Daryl Watts put the Eagles back on top just five minutes later. Watts chased down the puck behind the UNH goal line, stole it from a New Hampshire defender, and navigated through three Wildcats before rifling a wrist shot past Smith, giving the Eagles a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period.
While the Eagles held the momentum heading into the third, the tide quickly shifted in favor of UNH, as two quick penalties called on the Eagles gave the Wildcats a 5-on-3 opportunity. UNH’s Taylor Wenczkowski took advantage of the power play, tallying a goal just ten seconds after the penalties.
Wenczkowski made the Eagles pay once again just nine minutes later, scoring the game-winning goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway to give UNH a 3-2 lead. The upset loss dropped BC to 13-8-0 on the season, while UNH improved to 7-9-4. Boston College will have two opportunities to avenge this loss, as they face UNH twice in February, once at home and once away.
Relinquishing a third period lead against a struggling UNH team, the loss stings for Boston College. However, they will have a fantastic opportunity to move up in the Hockey East standings and the national rankings when they return to action next Friday for a home-and-home series with Hockey East's No. 1 ranked Northeastern.
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