The Boston College women’s hockey team came away with a sweep in a home-and-home series against Providence College this weekend. On Friday afternoon, stellar performances from Delaney Belinskas and Megan Keller led the Eagles to a 4-2 win. Saturday afternoon’s game was finished off by Lindsay Agnew and Caitrin Lonergan’s third-period goals for a 4-2 victory on the road.
The Eagles came into their Friday home game against the Friars riding the momentum of a sweep against Vermont last weekend. Their confidence showed throughout the first period as BC kept control of the puck for long stretches.
Delaney Belinskas got the Eagles on the board just under two minutes into the game with a picture-perfect goal into the back of the net off an assist from Megan Keller. Providence’s Meaghan Rickard responded not long after, tying the game at one.
During the first period, the game looked destined to be a tight matchup. After a penalty called on BC’s Cayla Barnes for hooking, Providence took control of the puck on their power play, forcing the Eagles to solely play defense. BC was able to kill the penalty, and the first period ended with the score tied at one. The teams also tied in shots taken and penalty minutes.
However, the Eagles were able to pull away in the second period. Early on in the second, BC goalie Maddy McArthur and PC goalie Madison Myers traded impressive saves, including one by Myers that seemed destined for the back of the net.
About halfway through the period, BC’s Maegan Beres was called for cross-checking. As soon as her two minutes in the box were up, she got the puck and passed it right in front of the net to Belinskas, who notched her second goal of the game.
Four short minutes later, Megan Keller tapped in her 14th goal of the season and set a new single-season record for points scored by a defender in the Hockey East conference.
The Eagles were comfortable going into the third period and a Caitrin Lonergan goal four minutes in sealed the game. Up by three, the Eagles traded shots with the Friars throughout the period, but weren’t in desperate need of a goal. A last second power-play goal by Providence wouldn’t be enough to bring them back into the game. BC came away with a comfortable 4-2 victory.
The Eagles traveled to Providence on the next day in search of a sweep. Saturday’s game was a battle of power plays, as four out of six total goals were scored on special teams.
Just like Friday, BC got on the board early. Under a minute into the game, Daryl Watts fed Makenna Newkirk with a beautiful pass, setting the Eagles up for an early lead. Nobody would score for the remainder of the first period, but the puck remained solidly under BC control.
In the second period, Watts got her second assist of the game as Lindsay Agnew slid the puck right past the left post. Despite the two-goal lead for the Eagles, a power play goal by Providence’s Hayley Lunny brought the Friars back in the game. Minutes later, Providence scored yet another power-play goal after Serena Sommerfield was given two minutes for checking.
The Hockey East rivals were tied at two heading into the third period. After a BC penalty carry-over from the second period expired, Erin Connolly was quickly called for high sticking. However, BC shifted the momentum and converted Providence’s power play into a shorthanded goal from Lindsay Agnew.
Minutes later, the Eagles had a power play of their own and Caitrin Lonergan took full advantage of a pass from Kelly Browne to put the Eagles up by two once again. The Friars couldn’t find any room for an offense for the rest of the contest, and the game ended at 4-2 in favor of the Eagles.
BC was able to get revenge on the Friars after dropping a game to them back in November. Thus, the No. 9 BC sits at 18-9 on the season, and 15-7 in conference play.
Their next game will be played against Holy Cross on Friday, February 1 at 6 p.m. in Conte Forum.
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