The Boston College women’s hockey team was shut out for the second game in a row on Friday afternoon in its last game of the season in Conte Forum, with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats claiming a 3-0 victory.
Boston College took the first game of the season series in November. However, coming into Friday’s game, UNH had all the momentum off of a 3-1 win over Dartmouth on Tuesday, and BC was fresh off its 4-0 loss to Boston University in the Beanpot semifinals.
This confidence for UNH was clear right off the bat. The Wildcats came out strong offensively in the first frame, dominating BC for puck control throughout the entire period. Penalty trouble killed off any rhythm the Eagles could muster throughout the first 20 minutes.
The Wildcats were able to convert this offensive pressure into two goals for an early lead, with the first coming nine minutes into the game, when UNH’s Tamara Thierus converted on a breakaway.
The Wildcats found themselves on a power play just two minutes later, and Jada Christian was able to put the puck past Maddy McArthur at the left post.
One last power play for the Wildcats in the first period was killed off by BC before they had a chance to widen their lead. Although UNH lead in power play minutes during the first (four minutes versus just one), BC actually held an 8-6 edge in shots on goal.
The second period was also dominated by BC playing on the penalty kill. The Eagles had to play down a man for eight of the 20 minutes played in this period.
Fortunately for BC, UNH wasn’t able to convert during this second frame due to some stellar defense and goaltending. During this time, UNH took 13 shots on goal compared to BC’s seven.
The third period opened more evenly, with both teams trading shots. The Eagles finally looked like they had found an offensive rhythm and rained shots on the Wildcats in the final frame, taking 17 shots on goal in this final frame compared to UNH’s nine.
McArthur was once again a savior for the Eagles in the third, at one point saving a shot and two quick rebounds around halfway through the period.
BC would decide to pull McArthur with around six minutes to go. The empty net would only last around 10 seconds, as shortly after BC gained a power play opportunity and would get the extra man on the ice.
The Eagles had a few good looks on this power play, with Hannah Bilka taking two shots on goal and Kelly Browne also getting an opportunity. However, all three were saved by New Hampshire goalie Ava Boutilier.
Shortly after UNH killed off this power play, Thierus would score her second goal of the day to put the Wildcats up 3-0.
Lindsay Agnew and Jillian Fey took shots on Boutilier in the last three minutes, but the visiting goalie turned away each and every attempt. The Eagles even got a power play in the last minute of the game for a last-second chance to close the deficit, but in the end New Hampshire emerged with a shutout victory in this season’s final game at Conte Forum.
The Eagles haven’t scored a single goal in their last two games. With this game, they will drop to 14-12-3 on the season.
Next, BC will take on Harvard in the consolation game of the Beanpot on Tuesday, February 11 at 5 p.m.
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