Of course, in a game that held absolutely no importance to the outcome of the 2019-2020 Boston College Women’s Hockey Season, but Eagles put together one of their best efforts of the last few weeks. BC took an early lead on the 10th ranked Crimson and never looked back, riding strong goaltending from Kelly Pickreign to a 3-1 win in the Beanpot consolation game.
Boston College Goal #1 (PPG): 9:49 of the 1st period
Alexie Guay (Kelly Browne, Jillian Fey)
BC 1, HU 0
The Eagles struck first about halfway through the first period thanks to a power play opportunity that came a bit against the run of play. Harvard had the bulk of possession early in the period, but a penalty gave BC an opportunity to jump ahead and they were able to convert.
It was a beautiful goal from defender Alexie Guay. The freshman received a pass at the top of the slot from Kelly Browne and instead of one-timing it on net, stickhandled around a defender and roofed a beauty over the goaltender. That made it 1-0 BC and turned the Eagles’ game around a bit.
Boston College Goal #2 (GWG): 3:41 of the 2nd period
Delaney Belinskas (Cayla Barnes, Lindsay Agnew)
BC 2, HU 0
BC wasn’t lighting the world on fire after their goal, but they were playing better, and they were able to do just enough to extend the lead early in the second period.
The Eagles entered Harvard’s offensive zone thanks to a botched attempt by a Harvard defender to corral the puck at the blue line. The puck continued across the blue line with a BC player skating in after it, and it gave the Eagles a two on one. Delaney Belinskas held the puck long enough to get in close with the defender not doing much to stop either Eagle skating in, and finally took the shot which went through for the goal.
Boston College Goal #3: 11:58 of the 2nd period
Hannah Bilka (Hadley Hartmetz, Kelly Browne)
BC 3, HU 0
BC gave themselves some breathing room several minutes later. Hadley Hartmetz sent the puck in from long-range for the Eagles from the blue line, which probably was intended as more of a pass than a shot. But the puck got to the stick of freshman Hannah Bilka who deflected it just enough to get past the goaltender for the 3-0 score.
It felt like an eternity since the Eagles took a comfortable lead into the third period, and it was plenty for the victory despite Harvard putting in a goal in garbage time late for the 3-1 final score.
It’s peak BC for the Eagles to get a nice win in the one game that doesn’t help them in the league standings, but it’s obviously a step in the right direction to get a win over a ranked team here with just a couple weekends left in the regular season. Hopefully the win loosens the team up for the stretch run, as the Eagles have three games left that they need to win to claim a home ice position in the Hockey East tournament.