Last week’s 3-3 tie against Maine was the first blemish on Boston College Women’s Hockey’s record, and with that game coming on the heels of a 3-2 squeaker against Vermont, it was reasonable to think that maybe BC was starting to sputter just a bit after their hot start.
But one week later, those games are a distant memory. The Eagles dominated both of their league contests this weekend to the tune of 5-2, with both wins coming against teams that have an impressive result on their resume. After topping New Hampshire on Friday, BC dropped Providence on Saturday afternoon in another low-stress affair.
BC got things going early with a goal by Savannah Norcross off a slick one-timer from Jillian Fey on a two on one in the opening couple minutes to take the pressure off. The game settled a bit from there, and though the Friars did have a couple opportunities, the Eagles held a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Providence made it more interesting that New Hampshire did the previous night, though. Just 25 seconds into the second period, the Friars scored to make it 1-1, and for a moment — a very brief moment — it looked like perhaps the Eagles might get caught in a trap game against a team that had already taken own #3 Northeastern this year. But that didn’t last long at all, as the Eagles responded to retake the lead just a minute later and scored a second, third, and fourth goal in the period to make it 5-1 right around the midpoint of the game. And just like that, Providence’s night was over just a half hour of game time in.
Coach Crowley put the fourth line on the ice for superhero minutes from there, as she’s done quite a lot this year (and had the opportunity to do), and they did pretty well from there, keeping Providence out of the net in their time on the ice. The Friars did find one goal later in stoppage time in a four on four situation, but the game was long over by then.
The BC offense continues to impress, as ten games in the Eagles trail only Minnesota and Wisconsin nationally in goals scored with 44. The strength of schedule hasn’t been all that tough yet, of course, but it’s important to remember that last season every win felt like a project, even against the bottom half of the conference — and that was before their huge roster turnover this past offseason.
So thus far, you couldn’t ask more out of BC than their 9-0-1 start. The Eagles will take on UConn in a one-off game next weekend in Storrs on Saturday afternoon as they look to grab their 10th win of the season.