The seventh-ranked Boston College women’s hockey team saw its regular season end on Saturday with a hard-fought 3-3 tie against New Hampshire, securing the No. 2 seed for the Eagles in the Hockey East Tournament.
The Eagles jumped all over the Wildcats in the opening period, with forward Lindsay Agnew scoring a short-handed goal in the game’s first minute. Kali Flanagan doubled the Boston College lead on a power play just fifteen minutes later. New Hampshire responded before the end of the first period, however, as Carlee Turner was able to sneak a shot past Eagles goalie Maddy MacArthur to trim the deficit to 2-1 at the conclusion of the period.
Turner’s goal proved to be a spark for the Wildcats’ attack, as UNH dominated the second period. Just five minutes into the second frame, Paige Rynne drew the Wildcats even with a wrist shot that found the back of the net. UNH capped off a dominant period with another score when Taylor Wenczkowski intercepted a BC pass and beat MacArthur on the breakaway.
The Eagles found themselves reeling heading into the third period, having squandered a promising start and digging a hole for themselves. With the result of the season finale hanging in the balance, forward Erin Connolly rose to the occasion, controlling a pass from Maegan Beres and beating UNH goalie Kyra Smith to even the score at three goals apiece. Neither team could add another goal in regulation, and the contest headed to overtime. However, the extra period proved to be more of the same with neither team able to come away with a game-winner.
The Eagles had a massive advantage in shots (34-23) and faceoff wins (39-23), making a tie a somewhat disappointing result. The Eagles’ attack was effective against an inferior UNH team, but the Wildcats capitalized on their opportunities in the second period and hung on for the tie.
This is a somewhat bittersweet ending to the regular season for the Eagles, as they were able to avoid an embarrassing loss, but ultimately should not have put themselves in a position to lose in the first place. The Eagles were completely and utterly dominant in the opening period, and it seems that they simply became complacent and allowed UNH back into the contest.
The Eagles secured the second seed in the Hockey East Tournament, finishing with a record of 23-10-1 (19-7-1 Hockey East) heading into postseason play. New Hampshire, meanwhile, fell to 13-15-6 (10-14-3 Hockey East) on the season. The Eagles will now host the seventh-seeded UConn Huskies in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series beginning on March 3 at Conte Forum. The team will now have ten days to rest and gear up for what they hope will be a lengthy postseason run.
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