The Boston College women’s hockey team keeps on rolling. The Eagles easily dispatched Maine by a score of 5-1 on Saturday night at Conte Forum, completing a sweep of the Black Bears in the first round of the Hockey East Tournament. The quest for an unprecedented perfect regular and postseason remains alive for the Eagles, as Saturday night’s victory marks the team’s 36th consecutive win.
Although the Eagles had the final say, it was the Black Bears that jumped out to the early lead on Saturday night. Maine senior defenseman Kayla Langois gave BC a rare deficit by notching a shorthanded goal less than five minutes into the game. The lead would not stand for long.
Forward Haley Skarupa knotted the game at one for the top-seeded Eagles with a power-play goal late in the first period. Boston College went to the locker room after the first period engaged in a surprising tie with the eighth-seeded Black Bears. When the teams returned to the ice for the second, however, it was all Eagles.
The Eagles returned to form, netting three goals in a span of six and a half minutes to put the game away. The first of the Eagles’ flurry of tallies came off the stick of senior forward Dana Trivigno, whose impressive wrist shot found the upper left-hand corner. BC went up 3-1 just three minutes later with a rebound goal from Kenzie Kent, who found the back of the net twice on Saturday night. Senior Meghan Grieves gave the Eagles a 4-1 lead with just over 3 minutes to play in the second frame, finishing off a dominating period for Boston College and ending the game for all intents and purposes.
The third period was all business for the Eagles, who played an efficient final twenty minutes to secure the victory and advance to the Hockey East semifinals. Makenna Newkirk padded the lead early in the frame to put to rest any thoughts of a Black Bear comeback; her three-assist night paced the Eagles' scoring effort for the evening.
The No.1 team in the country looked the part for most of the night, dominating possession in the offensive end and controlling the pace of play. The 5-1 final could have been much more lopsided if not for the outstanding effort of Maine goalie Meghann Treacy. The senior turned aside 56 of the 61 shots she faced, keeping the Black Bears within striking distance for much of the evening.
Despite Treacy’s fantastic showing, Boston College’s superior skill simply proved to be too much. Saturday night’s loss marks the end of the season for the Black Bears, who finish the year with a record of 10-23-2.
The Eagles continue their postseason run next Saturday, March 5th, in the Women’s Hockey East semifinals. The undefeated BC team will take on the UCONN Huskies at Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts.
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