Boston College women’s hockey started its season with commanding wins over New Hampshire in a home-and-away series on Friday and Saturday. The Eagles defeated the Wildcats 6-2 in Friday’s away game and 4-1 in Saturday’s home opener.
Ten different Eagles notched points on Friday night. Freshman Gaby Roy had a flying start to her career with four goals. Savannah Norcross was another key contributor on the night as she led the Eagles with three assists. Junior goalie Maddy McArthur finished with 17 saves for BC.
After a scoreless opening period, Roy struck first for the Eagles off a power play with 6:36 remaining in the second period. On a three-on-two break, Kelly Browne left the puck for Roy, who cut centrally from the left wing, and blasted a shot past Ava Boutilier that deflected in off the post.
The BC lead was short-lived as Brianna Brooks equalized with a point blank shot just over two minutes later.
The back-and-forth affair continued late into the second period until the Eagles took the lead with 3:26 remaining. Freshman Caroline Goffrado zig-zagged through the UNH defense, but had her shot from the top of the crease saved. Willow Corson cleaned up the puck into the open net as the Eagles jumped back on top.
Roy nabbed her second goal on the night to give the Eagles some breathing room with 2:15 until the intermission. Roy picked up a rebound behind the right side of the net and bounced a shot off the inside of a pad to give BC a 3-1 lead.
UNH got a goal back halfway through the third period, putting pressure on the visiting Eagles to hang on. After finding herself in a two-on-one, Jada Christian slotted a cross-body shot past McArthur inside the far-left post.
BC luckily regained its two-goal cushion 30 seconds later to make the game 4-2. Norcross, skating from the left side of the goal, played a brilliant no-look backhand pass to the left post. Roy was waiting and turned in the pass for her hat trick.
The Eagles extended their lead late in the third period with a pair of empty-net goals by Jillian Fey and Roy, as the game finished 6-2.
BC’s domination carried over into the home leg of the series. Norcross, Fey, Hannah Bilka, and Kelly Browne all made the scoresheet in the 4-2 victory. Junior Kelly Pickreign got the start in net for the Eagles and made 29 saves on the day.
The shot difference was only 33-30 in favor of BC, mainly due to the eight penalty minutes awarded to UNH.
In an energetic first period that saw four goals scored, the Eagles struck twice halfway into the period to take a 2-0 lead. Norcross scored the first off an assist from Browne. Browne picked up a pass from Roy behind the net and found Norcross who slotted the puck between the pads of Boutilier.
Fey scored the second goal for BC after freshman Natalie Tulchinsky fought for and poked free a loose puck. Fey skated on it before beating Boutilier with a beautiful backhand deke.
After UNH got a goal back, Bilka scored in the final minute of the period to give BC a two-goal advantage heading into the first intermission. Corson stepped up to intercept a pass on the Eagles’ defensive end before threading the needle with a bullet pass to Bilka, who lifted in a casual close-range finish.
Following a scoreless second period, Browne put the game on ice 4:41 into the third period with a wrister from the left wing.
With the weekend’s wins, the Eagles have a 2-0-0 record and have now been victorious in eight straight home openers. BC improved its all-time record against UNH. They now stand at 27-43-6 versus the Wildcats.
The Eagles will look to keep up the momentum in their home-and-away series against Providence on Friday and Saturday.
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