Boston College Women’s Hockey went into Sunday afternoon’s matchup aganst UConn knowing that a loss would end their season, and if there’s any silver lining to be had, it’s that they played like they knew it. The Eagles scored the game’s first goal, but couldn’t hold onto the lead late and fell 2-1 to the UConn Huskies in the Hockey East quarterfinals, sending the Eagles into the offseason and hopefully the start of a strong rebuild for the new year.
BC started play a bit tentative, but there was a much higher compete level than there was in the loss in game two. The Eagles couldn’t get too many opportunities, but they were able to keep UConn off the scoreboard and went into the first intermission at a 0-0 tie.
Things turned around for BC midway through the second period as the Eagles started to find some chances. A long rebound out to the point was sent back in on net from Lindsay Agnew on a slapshot that found its way to the back of the net, giving BC the 1-0 lead. And that put a real spark into the Eagles for the rest of the game — BC was winning races to pucks and really turned up the intensity after scoring the goal, and it looked like they felt they knew they could come away with the win if they kept up the effort.
And keep it up they did. The third period turned into the best one that the Eagles had played all weekend, but of course, hockey is weird, and doesn’t usually go how you’d expect. Despite BC keeping possession for much of the final frame, it was the Huskies who found a tying and winning goal back-to-back late in the third to all of a sudden take a 2-1 lead with just two minutes to play, and it was clear that it was a kick to the gut to BC. The Eagles took two frustration penalties from there an were unable to threaten to get a miracle game-tying tally, and they fell by the final of 2-1.
And now... the offseason. If anything, it’ll be nice not having to stress out about the season that never really came together for the Eagles, and there’s a hope that BC can rebuild with a nice incoming class and most of their scoring this season coming from underclassmen.