Another game, another uninspiring effort for the Boston College Women’s Hockey team.
Tuesday’s game against Northeastern was a kick to the gut. The Eagles had the game won against a Top 5 team, lost the lead after the Huskies pulled the goalie, and played like they were sorry for themselves through overtime before losing 5-4.
So the big question here was how the Eagles would respond. Would BC come out angry and take their energy out on the Terriers? Or would BC come out timid and lose confidence?
Unfortunately, it appears to have been the latter. The Eagles fell behind early in this one and never held a lead, falling behind by two in the third period and eventually falling to unranked Boston University 3-2. It’s BC’s second loss in a row and fifth of the season.
Last year, the Eagles didn’t hit five losses until the very last game of the season. We’re not even halfway through the year and the Eagles gained three Olympic gold medalists in the offseason.
Special teams were a big story in this game. All three Boston University goals came on the power play, with the Terriers going 3 for 8 with the advantage. In response, the Eagles went 0 for 7, putting fifteen shots on net on the power play but getting nothing to show for it. Once again, the Eagles dominated the shot chart, outshooting BU 44-16, but it meant nothing in the end.
The Eagles really need to figure things out in a hurry. With the loss, BC finds themselves on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble — 8th in the Pairwise, with at most the top 7 advancing to the tournament due to autobids. That would be an unfathomable disappointment, given that the Eagles were, on paper, one of the four CLEAR best teams in the country coming into the season.
BC takes on BU in game two of the home and home Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.