Boston College Women’s Hockey was riding high after a convincing sweep of New Hampshire last weekend. After freshman Gaby Roy scored four goals in game one and senior Willow Corson’s assist to Hannah Bilka went viral in game two, everything was looking mighty peachy.
But then the Eagles got to week two against Providence this weekend and the Friars took all the air out of BC’s sails. After coming up empty in a comeback bid on Friday, they Eagles again fell short on Saturday by another 3-2 final, giving Providence the sweep and dropping Boston College to 2-2-0 on the season.
Things got off the a bad start for BC as the Eagles gave up a goal just a minute and a half into the game, and nearly gave up another a few minutes later until a review took the tally off the board thanks to a PC high stick. But even so, it was Providence up 1-0 early, and the Eagles had to respond.
Like Friday, though, BC did have an answer. The Eagles scored twice in the second period with goals from Hadley Hartmetz and Savannah Norcross to put Boston College out front 2-1 going into the second intermission, and given how the flow of the game had gone — shots were 27-12 BC to that point — the Eagles were surely feeling like this one would go their way.
But the third period did not go BC’s way. Providence scored right away in the opening minute of the frame to tie the game up at 2-2, and the Eagles didn’t quite have the pep in their step that they had earlier in the game. A late power play goal by the Friars with about 6 and a half minutes to play put PC up for good, and the Eagles couldn’t find a tying goal with the goaltender pulled.
Thus far in the young season, there’s plenty to like, but plenty to be concerned about. BC’s had possession much more than they did last year and is no longer getting outshot, but the goaltending has struggled at times and special teams have really been a net negative.
The Eagles will look to get back on track next weekend with a home-and-home against UConn.