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BC Women’s Hockey Cruises To 8-3 Win Over Holy Cross In Beanpot Tune-Up

Eight different Eagles scored, potentially a program record

John Quackenbos, BC Athletics

Boston College Women’s Hockey hasn’t had a stress-free evening in quite a while, but they took full advantage of the opportunity to play league newcomer Holy Cross in the warmup before the Beanpot. The Eagles scored early and often, putting up a touchdown with the extra point before the second period even ended on their way to a blowout 8-3 win over the Crusaders at Kelley Rink.

The game before the Beanpot is always a Grade A trap game, just because it’s so hard not to look ahead and any loss of focus will sink you at this level, but the Eagles were fortunate to get the team with by far the worst goal differential in the conference for their warmup on Friday evening. Take Northeastern, for example, who sit at #3 in the country — their matchup with UConn was anything but routine, as they needed a late overtime winner to claim both points.

But it was smooth sailing right from the drop of the puck for the Eagles. Defender Hadley Hartmetz scored her second goal of the season just two minutes and change into the game, and it was a BC blitz from there. Savannah Norcross and Deirdre Mullowney scored a minute apart in the first as well — a career first, in the case of Mullowney — to make it 3-0 Eagles at the break, and the 15-8 shot advantage for BC in the first period feels kind to the Crusaders.

BC continued to control play for the vast majority of time in the second period, and though the Eagles only put up eleven shots in the frame, four of them went in. Belinskas, Finocchiaro, Browne, and McCarthy each found the back of the net, with McCarthy tallying her first of her senior season and the first since her freshman year. That made it 7-0 BC at the second intermission, with the game (obviously) well in hand.

Senior goaltender Molly Barrow made the 3rd start of her career and played admirably, particularly in the second period as Holy Cross found a couple opportunities. The bench went wild with each impressive save, which was fun to see.

All the Eagles on the bench saw significant minutes, particularly in the third period, and Holy Cross did find the net for a few. Maegan Beres for the Eagles scored the 8th goal for BC among the Crusader tallies, making it eight different Eagles with goals, potentially a program record:

There’s not much you can get out of a game like this, but it was a good opportunity for Coach Crowley to give the top two goaltenders a chance to clear their heads as we enter trophy season. It was also good to give some of the lower line players a lot of ice time.

BC will get to rest up for the rest of the weekend with Beanpot Tuesday up next. The Eagles will take on BU at 8pm on Tuesday, February 4th with the Terriers hosting at Walter Brown Arena.