As the puck bounced past goalie Maddy McArthur in overtime, the reigning champion Clarkson University Golden Knights celebrated their advancement to the Frozen Four next weekend. No. 5 Boston College women’s hockey fell at No. 4 Clarkson on Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-1.
With this loss, the Eagles were knocked out of the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament, ending their season. Boston College has had appearances in nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments, while Clarkson has won the last two national championships.
An early power play gave the Golden Knights a few good looks at Maddy McArthur, but she held strong in the opening frame. A loose puck hovered in front of BC’s net at one point, but traffic in front of the goal led to confusion and the puck safely slid away.
The Eagles’ offense started strong as well, keeping the puck on Clarkson’s side of the ice after an early scare. Boston College’s first good look came from Maegan Beres when she found herself alone in front of Clarkson’s goalie, Kassidy Sauve, but her shot was stopped.
Serena Sommerfield slid the puck across the face of the goal to Daryl Watts for the first goal of the game, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead that they would hold until the final three minutes of regulation.
As good as BC’s attack was, Clarkson’s defense held strong and prevented the Eagles from pulling away. Sauve had 13 saves compared to McArthur’s 6 by the end of the first period.
The second period was slow-paced due to many whistles from the referees. Neither team could get into a rhythm and therefore were unable to capitalize on any advantages.
Clarkson’s offense came to play in the third period. They had their best chance of the game early in the third and were consistently peppering McArthur with shots. The Boston College defense got its hardest work of the game trying to fend off the Clarkson shooters.
Both teams were getting good looks at the goal midway through the period. The Eagles were desperately trying to extend their lead while Clarkson wanted to tie the game up and send it to overtime. Caitrin Lonergan went on a breakaway late but her shot was saved.
With three minutes left, Clarkson snuck the puck past McArthur with traffic in front of the net, knotting the game at one goal apiece. Neither team could gain the advantage in the final three minutes of regulation sending the game to overtime.
BC had some good looks at the net early on in overtime. Clarkson regained their confidence after narrowly missing a two-on-one breakaway shot. Shortly after, Clarkson scored right out of a faceoff in BC’s zone.
The Eagles dropped this overtime heartbreaker to the Golden Knights 2-1, sending them to the Frozen Four next weekend. BC ends their season 26-12-1, while Clarkson advances to play No. 1 Wisconsin next Saturday in the NCAA Semifinals.
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