Boston College Women’s Hockey played its third game of the season against Huskies, and they’ve now lost all three. After losing to UConn two weeks ago and losing to Northeastern this past week, the Eagles lost once again to UConn on Friday afternoon, this time by a 2-1 score at home.
The Eagles got on the board first with a goal midway through the opening period from Savannah Norcross, but despite taking a lead into the first intermission, there were warning signs. The Eagles only managed six shots in the opening frame, and the Huskies outshot the Eagles 9-6 overall in the opening twenty minutes.
Things opened up a bit in the second period with the teams trading shots at 13 apiece over the next twenty minutes, but only the Huskies were able to find a goal, coming very early in the period to tie things up at 1-1.
The third period was classic frustration — the Eagles absolutely peppered the UConn goaltender, but couldn’t couldn’t find a goal despite outshooting UConn 20-2 over the final period. Instead, it was the Huskies that scored early on the period to take a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish on their first (and nearly only) shot of the period.
It goes without saying that this loss, which now puts BC at 3 losses in their last 4 games, stings quite a bit on its own. But the Eagles are in trouble looking ahead for a couple reasons — first, if BC loses to UConn on Saturday to get swept in the season series, that would lock UConn into winning the BC comparison no matter what happens the rest of the regular season, and BC could only win it back if they were to beat UConn in the Hockey East tournament. And second, the Eagles are looking at being big underdogs against #1 Minnesota and #2 Wisconsin next weekend. Unless the Eagles can right the ship in a hurry, they’re going to be looking at a pretty sizable losing stretch.
BC and UConn will both head down I-84 for the last game of the season series on Saturday at 3pm. This has now become a critical must-win game for BC.