Boston College Women’s Hockey knew they going to be underdogs going into their final home-and-home of the regular season against #2 Northeastern, but there was some hope that the Huskies might have some offseason rust given that NU was coming into their first game of the year. That might well have been true, but over the full 60 minutes, it was the Huskies who took firm control and came out ahead of Boston College by a final score of 4-1.
BC got some good news going into the game as four of their seven players missing last week due to COVID protocol were back on the line chart for this weekend’s games against the Huskies. That, combined with Northeastern’s lack of ice time this year, gave BC a jump early as they took the first five shots of the game and score the contest’s first goal late in the first period. BC carried the 1-0 lead into the locker room and probably had a nice boost of confidence.
But as the game wore on, it was clear that the Huskies were finding their footing. The Huskies played better in the second period, drawing even and then pulling ahead in the shot count before finally tying the score at 1-1 late in the period. They continued that strong run of play into the third and racked up three goals in rapid succession to pile on a 4-1 lead and chase starting goaltender Maddy McArthur from the game.
The 4-1 final score probably isn’t quite indicative of how BC played for the bulk of the game, but there’s little argument against the Huskies deserving the convincing win with how they improved as the game wore on. Northeastern is no paper tiger with their #2 national ranking, even with having not played a game before today this season.
The two teams will face off again to wrap up the first “half” of the season on Sunday, with puck drop at 5:00pm EST on NESN.