After Boston College men’s hockey fell 5-4 to Boston University, the women got their chance to take revenge in their Beanpot the following night. The men collapsed in the final minutes of regulation, but the women were unable to find their rhythm at any point in their 4-0 loss to the defending-champion Terriers Tuesday night.
After struggling to find success, BC hoped to build momentum against their rival school before heading into the Hockey East Tournament. However, BC’s winter woes showed no sign of dissipating. BU got on board early with a one-timer just six minutes into the opening period. The Eagles shook off the early deficit with a handful of scoring chances, but couldn’t capitalize despite outshooting the Terriers in the period.
BC continued their strong play in the second period, looking unphased by BU’s home-ice advantage. Outside of Caroline DiFiore’s two minute minor for elbowing, the Eagles played a crisp game.
They were able to fire off a series of quality shots on goal against a BU team that sat back defensively for large spells of the period. The Eagles still managed to outshoot BU for the second consecutive period. Yet, their efforts were not reflected on the scoreboard, as they frustratingly skated into the second intermission still down 1-0.
Despite the lack of goals, the team could rally around the fact that the game was still within reach. The Eagles came close to scoring on several occasions and outshot their rivals in both periods.
Their fighting spirit was squashed just 53 seconds into the third when Hadley Hartmetz was left alone to defend a 2-1 break. The Terriers snuck a pass to the back post to create an easy goal and a soon-to-be easy victory.
Down 2-0 and entering desperation mode, BC’s frontline pushed forward aggressively in a last-ditch effort to pull off a miracle rally of their own. However, BU would ice the game minutes later when a costly turnover in the neutral zone left the Eagles exposed once again. Goalie Maddy McArthur couldn’t help but watch as a wrister sailed past her glove into the top left corner of the goal.
With their team reeling, the BC fans who made the short trek up Commonwealth Ave began to pour out of the arena. The magical BU comeback from the evening before was blamelessly erased from their memories.
There wasn’t much excitement over the last 16 minutes of the game. The Eagles continued to heave shots on goal. The only notable moment was the anticlimactic empty-net goal the Terriers tacked on in the game’s waning minutes, wrapping up their 4-0 victory.
The Eagles’ disastrous regular season will wrap up at home Friday afternoon against New Hampshire. Some serious soul searching has to be done for a team that has failed to find its rhythm all year. UNH and a Beanpot consolation match against Harvard are BC’s last chances in the Boston area to build some crucial momentum before the Hockey East tournament. How they respond to these tests will let the fans know whether to hold out any remaining hope for the postseason.