Boston College women’s hockey proved they still had big-time wins in them when they ended a two-game skid with a win over No. 10 Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game Tuesday. Three different Eagles scored in the 3-1 victory.
This win was the ultimate recovery on Boston hockey’s biggest stage after losing in the first round of the Beanpot 4-0 to BU. BC also was blown out 7-1 by Harvard in December.
BC desperately needed a lineup change after losing three of their last four in not-so-close scores. They decided to start sophomore goalie Kelly Pickreign, who picked up her third start of 2020.
It looked like this would be another long game early in the first period, when Harvard picked up a power play. However, they only were able to find one shot on net, which Pickreign saved.
BC, on the other hand, capitalized on their first-period power play opportunity. It only took one shot on goal for Alexie Guay to score the opening point around halfway through the first frame. Guay slotted a low shot from Kelly Browne for the first advantage.
It seemed as though the Eagles might have had another opportunity late in the first period when they gained another penalty advantage. Delaney Belinskas and Hannah Bilka came close, with Bilka’s shot bouncing off the pipe, but neither could find the back of the net.
Harvard opened the second period on a power play. With their one-man advantage, they seemed eager to knot the score up. In the two minutes, the Crimson were able to launch five shots on goal, but Pickreign confidently saved all of them.
BC scored their second goal of the night, and the eventual game-winner, just under four minutes into the middle frame. Belinskas wristed her shot off a pass from Cayla Barnes.
The Eagles and Crimson traded shots for the next few minutes of play until Bilka struck again for the Eagles. Halfway through the second period Hadley Hartmetz shot the puck and Bilka tipped it in to put the Eagle up 3-0.
Harvard came out aggressive to start the third and final frame of play. Harvard would finish the game outshooting BC 37-25.
After 11 consecutive minutes of persistent offense, Harvard’s Kristi Della Rovere scored to end the Crimson drought. BC’s strong defense prevented Harvard from scoring again.
Harvard pulled goalie Beth Larcom with two minutes on the clock in a last-ditch effort to close the gap. They were able to launch multiple shots at Pickreign but to no avail. A timeout with 22 seconds on the clock also didn’t help the situation.
Pickreign tabbed a career-high 36 saves in this game. Coach Katie Crowley after the game called Pickreign “confident” out on the ice, which was “huge” for the team and keeping them relaxed.
In addition to Pickreign’s career night, three different Eagles scored for BC and five different Eagles notched points for assists on these goals. It was truly a team effort on both ends of the ice, and the Eagles looked like the dominant team they have the potential to be.
With this win, BC improves to 15-12-3 on the season. They will match up against Maine this weekend for back-to-back games on the road.