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BC Women's Hockey Dominates Holy Cross to Improve to 7-0

The undefeated Boston College women’s ice hockey team showed why they are ranked seventh nationally with a 5-1 over Holy Cross on Friday afternoon in Chestnut Hill.

Eight different Eagles contributed points to the game, truly making it a balanced team effort, with five different players scoring goals in the win. Kelly Browne came away with two points on a goal and an assist. Lindsay Agnew also had two points, recording two assists.

Holy Cross came into this game hoping to pick up its first win of the season. The Crusaders have only been able to score more than one goal just once this season, in an overtime tie with Penn State. With this loss, Holy Cross drops to a 0-6-2 record for the season.

On the other end, the Eagles were hoping to maintain their undefeated record with this out of conference game. Not only do they have a 7-0-0 record, but six of those wins have been in the Hockey East conference. The Eagles have been absolutely dominant so far this season, earning a No. 7 ranking nationally.

Historically, the BC offense has been dominant against the Crusaders. Last October, junior Holy Cross goalie Julia Pelletier had a career-high 51 saves in a 5-1 loss to BC. On Friday, Holy Cross played their other goalie, a sophomore with a .901 save percentage.

Very quickly, the Eagles proved how strong their offense can be against the Crusaders. Kelly Browne struck first for BC off a high wrist shot to the upper right corner of the net. Her goal was assisted by Delaney Belinskas and came just four minutes into the first period, putting BC up one almost right away.

Hannah Bilka scored less than 30 seconds later off a pass from Kelly Browne to give the Eagles a more comfortable lead. She found the back of the net in around the same spot Browne did, exposing a weak spot for goalie Jada Brenon. 

Maddy McArthur looked calm throughout the entire 60-minute game, mainly because she wasn’t seeing much action on her end of the ice, with the Crusaders recording just 14 shots on goal. Her best moment came after stopping a breakaway in the final seconds of the first period with a wide shot from a Holy Cross forward.

As good as BC’s offense is, it could’ve been a much higher scoring game if not for some solid goaltending from Holy Cross. Brenon saw a whopping 44 shots on goal throughout the game, including a hard shot from the Hockey East player of the week, Lindsay Agnew, at the beginning of the second period.

The Eagles continued to put in their tough offensive work during the second period. Alexie Guay scored for BC about halfway through the frame and after an extended review, the goal was deemed good to put BC up 3-0. Lindsay Agnew was credited with the assist for this point.

Holy Cross notched their first point of the game right after the goal review. Sommer Ross was able to sneak the puck right past McArthur’s skate to end their goalless streak.

BC was not going to let that goal go unanswered, despite still holding a substantial lead. Agnew earned her second assist after Savannah Norcross scored from the top of the crease with about eight minutes left in the second period. This goal made the score after 40 minutes 4-1, with the Eagles leading.

The third period opened with some 5-on-3 play in favor of the Eagles, who were unable to convert that into any points thanks to an impressive penalty kill from the Crusaders. 

Adding to the many different Eagles who scored in this game, BC’s fifth goal came from Willow Corson after six minutes of the third period. This was a shot taken by Hadley Hartmetz that would have gone slightly wide had Corson not been able to redirect it.

Boston College was able to preserve its undefeated record with the 5-1 win over Hockey East rival Holy Cross.

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