Boston College is the Women’s Hockey East champion!
Less than 24 hours after leaving it all on the ice in the semifinal in a wild double-overtime thriller, the Eagles took the excitement to another level on Saturday afternoon. This time, the Eagles came from behind to force overtime, winning 2-1 after Andie Anastos scored to send BC fans home happy and the trophy back to its rightful place in the eastern concourse of Conte Forum.
Northeastern Goal #1: 17:23 of the 1st period
Kasidy Anderson (Unassisted)
NU 1, BC 0
BC had a really, really slow start to the game, and it looked like they might have had trouble finding their legs after yesterday’s double-overtime marathon. It looked like the Eagles would escape the first period unscathed, but Kasidy Anderson had other plans.
This goal came out of nowhere, with the Huskies going coast to coast, breaking out of their end in a hurry and springing Anderson. She gets just enough room to hold off Keller, and fires home a goal past Katie Burt.
Boston College Goal #2 (PPG): 2:57 of the 2nd period
Kali Flanagan (Grace Bizal, Kristyn Capizzano)
BC 1, NU 1
But the Eagles really turned things around in the 2nd period. It was like it took 20 minutes to really loosen up after the long game, and they played much better from this point on.
Kali Flanagan is the goal scorer on the equalizer. Just seconds into a BC power play, she takes the slapshot from long, long distance, and it finds its way all the way through.
Take another look from a better angle — she picks the corner all the way from the blue line.
Northeastern definitely had their chances, though. Halfway through the third period, the Huskies had their chance to win the game, but Katie Burt came up with one of her finest saves of the year to keep the Eagles level.
As it turned out, that was a trophy-winning save.
Boston College Goal #3 (GWG): 5:44 of Overtime
Andie Anastos (Unassisted)
BC 2, NU 1 — FINAL
Once again, like on Saturday, the Eagles absolutely dominated the overtime period. BC outshot Northeastern 7-0 in 5 minutes and change, and number 7 was the difference.
The goal came after Makenna Newkirk tried to skate the puck into the Northeastern end but was cut off, sending here gear flying. Northeastern tried to clear the puck out, but the puck was just barely kept in.
That allowed Andie Anastos to gather the puck in with some space. Northeastern was caught on their heels just a bit, and they gave Anastos way too much room to work with. She makes one quick move to her right to get around the one Husky defender between herself and the slot, and you couldn’t have asked for a better place to shoot
She makes absolutely no mistake, shooting it past Brittany Bugalski for the championship-winning goal.
Here’s the live call from NESN:
Here is your CHAMPIONSHIP winning goal, in overtime, from BC's Andie Anastos!Posted by BC Interruption on Sunday, March 5, 2017
And the full highlights:
What a weekend for the Eagles. Not only do they claim the league title, but everything else fell their way nationally, putting them into a home ice spot for the NCAA quarterfinals.
The selection show will make it official at 9pm ET tonight, but it looks like BC will host St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the national tournament.
We’ll have more later today as the bracket is announced!