It was admittedly not the most crisp hockey game of the season, but it looks like an absolute peach in the box score. After struggling to generate offensive chances throughout the afternoon, Boston College Women’s Hockey dug deep to find a game winner in overtime off the stick of Jillian Fey to top Providence 2-1 at Conte Forum.
The win was critical for league seeding, as not only did the Eagles gain two points on a team they’re battling with for position, but they also took the tiebreaker on the Friars by clinching the season series.
Boston College Goal #1: 18:20 of the 1st period
Lindsay Agnew (Maegan Beres, Kate Annese)
BC 1, PC 0
Offense was a real struggle in this one — both teams were stuck at one shot apiece eight-plus minutes into the contest, and they didn’t exactly explode offensively from there. But late in the first, the Eagles were able to find a goal to at least bank one going into the locker room for the first intermission.
Lindsay Agnew took a shot from an impossible angle behind the goal line, and it not only found the only opening on the post, but also took a slight deflection off the back of the goaltender to bounce into the inside of the net. That was an important goal for BC, as they wouldn’t score another for the rest of regulation.
Providence College Goal #1: 8:46 of the 2nd period
Isabelle Hardy (Hayley Lunny, Lauren DeBlois)
BC 1, PC 1
But Providence would find a tying goal in the second period. PC’s Isabelle Hardy turned on the jets to blow past the BC defense and come in alone on Maddy McArthur, and while Maddy was able to keep the puck out of the net, she couldn’t corral the puck and Hardy was able to put in her own rebound.
McArthur seemed to be battling rebounds most of the afternoon, but she came up big in the clutch as the game went on and really cleaned things up. Her strong play in the second half of the game as the Eagles were getting outshot was critical to the Eagles making it to overtime and getting a chance to take the win.
Boston College Goal #2 (GWG): 1:03 of Overtime
Jillian Fey (Lindsay Agnew, Kate Annese)
BC 2, PC 1 — FINAL (OT)
And out of nowhere, the Eagles found a winner. The Eagles came with some speed into the offensive zone with the puck on the stick of Kate Annese, and Annese made one of her best plays of the season to generate the goal.
Annese pulled up across the blue line allowing her reinforcements to crash the net, and she threw a well-placed shot-pass toward both the net and the stick of linemate Lindsay Agnew. The effort had enough mustard on it that it was pretty effective as a deflected shot and could definitely have gone in on its own, but Providence goaltender Sandra Abstreiter had no chance to corral the puck with so little reaction time. The puck deflected right onto the stick of defender Jillian Fey who had joined the rush, and all she had to do was send it right back where it came from for the game-winner.
Last week BC’s weekend started without much defense to speak of with the 7-5 win on Friday, but this week they flipped the script, playing solid defense but not finding much offense at all. Getting the two points with the win in overtime could end up being pretty big once we get the conference tournament, but even more than that, hopefully the team responds well to the emotional win and is able to put things together for an even stronger effort on Saturday afternoon. Puck drop is at 2:00pm EST tomorrow at Schneider Arena in Providence.