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Women's Hockey Steals Win Against No. 2 Northeastern

Boston College women’s hockey (5-3, 5-3 HEA) came into their weekend as the underdogs in their home-and-home series against the No. 2 Northeastern Huskies (1-1, 1-1 HEA). Yet, they were able to steal a 2-1 win on the road against a highly ranked Northeastern team after suffering a 4-1 home loss on Friday night. 

Abigail Levy came up big for the Eagles in goal. After taking over for Maddy McArthur late in the first game of the series, Levy made 35 saves across the two games while allowing only one goal. 

Her stellar performance in Sunday’s upset victory was only her second start for BC since she transferred from Minnesota State.

The switch between the pipes was no reflection of McArthur’s play. She was peppered with shots all game on Friday, making 29 saves. Saving 88% of Northeastern’s shots wasn’t quite enough to keep the Eagles in the lead. 

On the offensive side of the puck, Jillian Fey came up big in both games for the Eagles. 

Fey scored the game-winning goal on Sunday. Fey stole the puck from Aerin Frankel behind the net and was able to wrap it into the open goal to take the lead late in the third period. 

Fey’s goal in the first period of Friday night’s game was BC’s only score of the game before Northeastern scored four unanswered goals. 

Jillian Fey’s scoring played a major role in BC’s win, but she also spent four minutes in the penalty box, all for tripping. The penalties were not a major part of Northeastern’s win, but they could prove costly in the future. 

The Eagles’ penalty kill was the strongest point for their defensive unit in the series. Over the two games, the Eagles spent over 10 minutes on the penalty kill without allowing a single goal. While their own power play was not much more effective, they were still able to capitalize once on just over 9 minutes on the power play. The lone goal came from Hanah Bilka, who scored an unassisted goal to give BC a 1-0 lead Sunday.

The No. 9 Eagles’ next challenge will be a home-and-home series against Merrimack on Friday and Saturday. The Warriors are currently unranked and sit at .500 after postponing their first four games and then splitting their opening series against Holy Cross. 

The Eagles should be expected to win, but they still need to make sure to take their opponent seriously to avoid the upset.

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