It wasn’t the prettiest four goal win you’ll ever see, but it was a win nonetheless. Boston College Women’s Hockey collected another three league points on Saturday evening, playing the Holy Cross Crusaders to an uneven but ultimately decisive 5-1 win in Worcester. The win brings BC’s record to 9-3-0.
Unlike on Friday afternoon, the Eagles took a lot of the suspense out of this one with a couple goals early. Savannah Norcross and Hannah Bilka each found the back of the net with a couple greasy goals just 36 seconds apart in the opening few minutes of the game to make it 2-0 BC, but that didn’t tell the whole story of the period. Those two shots were BC’s only shots of the first 8 minutes or so, and with a couple BC penalties in the second half of the frame, the Eagles only got two more on net by the time the teams reached the first intermission.
But BC did manage to play well enough to start tilting the ice over the last couple periods, even if they were doing some coasting for a good chunk of it. A beautiful goal from Alexie Guay made the score 3-0 BC in the second period, and with BC starting to pile on the shots, the game was pretty well in hand at that point.
The third period was more of the same uneven play, though there was more good than bad. Holy Cross scored their only tally of the game early in the third, but a few Holy Cross penalties really allowed the Eagles to start clicking on offense. While BC didn’t score on the power plays, the momentum from having the extra skater carried over into 5 on 5 play, and Kelly Browne and Alexie Guay each rifled home top shelf shots to make the score 5-1 for the final.
It wasn’t a terrible game by any means — it would be hard to have a bad 5-1 win — but there was plenty for BC to work on in this one. The Eagles were pretty flat for too much of the game, and better teams will be able to take advantage of play like that.
The big positive on the night, was the play of transfer goaltender Abbey Levy. Aside from one breakaway goal scored by the Crusaders, Levy was stellar and stopped everything else she saw. With BC rotating through goalies over the course of the first half of the season, it wouldn’t be surprising if Levy’s performance inched the junior to the top of BC’s goaltending lineup.
The Eagles will have a much tougher challenge next week. No. 7 Providence College — who swept the Eagles in a series in the first half — is next up on the schedule with a home and home set for next weekend. Friday’s game is set for 2pm with Saturday’s game time still TBA.