A loss at a ranked Northeastern team was frustrating. Getting swept by a mediocre Boston University team was awful. Only coming away from a weekend with Merrimack with a split was awful. But a loss after holding a third period lead to New Hampshire, one of the worst teams in Hockey East, might be a new low in this dreadful Boston College Women’s Hockey season.
Boston College held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 against the Wildcats before losing control of the game in the third period, eventually falling 3-2 in regulation, dropping to 13-8-0 overall and 1-5-0 in their last 6 games — one of their worst streaks in recent memory.
Things started out okay for BC, and while they lacked their usual blitzing attack early, they had things in hand in the first period despite going into the locker room tied at 0-0. BC was able to take the lead early in the second period on a shorthanded breakaway by Lindsay Agnew to make it 1-0, but a pair of BC penalties later in the period turned the momentum toward the Wildcats, who tied the game at 1.
But Daryl Watts found a goal of her own late in the period unassisted to give BC the lead again at 2-1 going into the second intermission, and you felt like if BC could just get another goal, they might be able to exhale.
That was not the case, though, as a pair of simultaneous penalties on the Eagles — both of which were questionable but one of which seemed to be a terrible call — gave the Wildcats a full two minutes of 5 on 3.
The call on Makenna Newkirk is particularly dumb. She's getting hooked and the other girl lets go of her stick and *Newkirk* gets a panelty? For *SLASHING*?? https://t.co/OaOQOBxuGO— Grant Salzano (@Salzano14) January 5, 2019
UNH won the draw and scored immediately on a blast from the point to tie the game, and BC just couldn’t find a way to make things happen from there. The Wildcats scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 5:39 left in the game, and a delayed penalty that went with it shortened BC’s comeback time. They never could tie it, and 3-2 was your final.
This was a poor game for the Eagles all around. They looked okay in the first period, but the Wildcats — again, one of the weaker teams in the league — tied BC in shots in the 2nd at 8-8 and outshot BC 10-4 in the third. That’s a change from BC’s other losses where they still dominated territorially... today, BC just didn’t play well at all.
The usually issues continued to rear their ugly heads. BC’s power play was held scoreless once again at 0-6 — a power outage that is getting to be a major concern — and the penalty kill let them as well. The offense shows no quickness or creativity in their attempts to create scoring plays. It’s just all a disaster.
Unfortunately for BC, they’ll have to take their struggles back to Boston for a home-and-home with #3-ranked Northeastern, the best team they’ll face all season. Without a major breakthrough in practice this week, the Eagles are looking at further extending this slide. We’re not far away from the point where only winning Hockey East will earn BC an NCAA tournament spot.