via Nathan Vaughan
Third period pressure couldn't overtake the Huskies as Northeastern pulled the upset to claim its second consecutive Beanpot.
A strong start and finish for BC was for naught as a penalty-filled middle frame did in the Eagles in a 4-3 loss to Northeastern.
The Huskies claimed what could be the biggest upset in women's Beanpot history last night, taking down #2 Boston College after knocking out #3 Boston University last week. The other team in the tournament, #4 Harvard, lost to BC last week.
BC jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead just a minute into the game on a Dana Trivigno tally that trickled in past Northeastern goaltender Chloe Desjardins. BC held the lead into the 2nd period when things really went downhill.
The Eagles have been the best team on the ice 5-on-5 in every game they'be played this year, but seems to give up the most inopportune goals while killing penalties. Indeed, while BC is the best team in the conference, they're just 6th of 8 in penalty killing. It seems to have a habit of killing us.
And kill us it did. In the second period, BC took a penalty, and then a minute later took a second giving Northeastern a 5 on 3. With just 3 seconds left in the 5 on 3, Northeastern scored, but even worse -- on a delayed penalty call on the Eagles. This gave Northeastern the tying goal 1-1, and put them right back on the 5 on 3 for another minute.
BC managed to kill the penalty and even retook the lead on a knucklepuck by Melissa Bizzari, but yet another power play for Northeastern allowed Casey Pickett to tie the game. The Huskies would ride that momentum to the go-ahead goal less than a minute later.
In the third period, BC scored a tying goal on a brilliant individual effort by Emily Field:
but it was for nothing as Northeastern was able to respond a minute later to retake the lead for good.
BC pressured for most of the 3rd period but couldn't put in the equalizer.
Northeastern is a good team, but this was a game where once again BC was their own worst enemy, taking penalties but -- more importantly -- being unsuccessful in killing them.
If there's good news in these losses BC has this year -- in not a single loss this season was BC outplayed by their opponent, and all of their losses have been by 1 goal with BC sending in flurries of chances at the end of the game only to come up empty. A testament to that is that despite losing 5 games by a single goal, BC hasn't allowed a single empty netter this season.
BC still sits in 2nd in the Pairwise Rankings with the rest of the top teams knocking each other off this past couple weekends. BC starts to wrap up its regular season schedule -- just 5 games remain, and only one at home -- this weekend with a home and home against UConn. Saturday at 2pm is senior night, so be sure to head out to Conte Forum to support the seniors who have led BC to their best season in program history with more wins to be had before all is said and done.