Saturday afternoon’s one-off game against UConn was just like every other game the Eagles play against the Huskies — close and often frustrating. But despite the best efforts of the UConn goaltender, Boston College was able to dig deep and find the goals they needed late to win 2-1 over the Huskies in overtime.
UConn Goal #1: 14:58 of the 1st period
Viki Harkness (Savannah Bouzide, Taylor Wabick)
UC 1, BC 0
BC played pretty well in this one, which is a step up from how things usually feel against the Huskies. BC controlled the shots in all three periods in this one, so of course it was UConn who found the first goal.
The Huskies entered the BC end on a 3-on-2 and executed it nicely. Viki Harkness came in as the trailer and pulled up a bit to settle into some open space. Bouzide passed the puck back to Harkness who fired away, beating the glove side of Abbey Levy to give UConn the 1-0 lead.
The game would really settle in from there. BC continued to play pretty well, and in particular did a good job of staying out of the penalty box. Just one Eagle took a 2 minute minor on the afternoon. Unfortunately, UConn somehow did an even better job of staying out of the box, leaving the Eagles without a single power play opportunity on the day.
BC would probably take that in most games, though, if it means they’re staying out of the box too. Playing nearly the entire game 5 on 5 kept the Eagles from burning energy killing penalties, and that was the difference late.
Boston College Goal #1: 15:04 of the 3rd period
Hannah Bilka (Willow Corson, Cayla Barnes)
BC 1, UC 1
After getting frustrated all game by goaltender Tia Chan, the UConn netminder finally made a mistake on a looping puck being sent in from the blue line. Chan left a rebound right onto the stick of Hannah Bilka on the far side of the net, allowing Bilka to send it back where it came from on a wide open opportunity to draw the Eagles even at 1-1.
Boston College Goal #2 (GWG): 2:09 of overtime
Jillian Fey (Unassisted)
BC 2, UC 1 — FINAL (OT)
Overtime saw BC’s first-ever 3 on 3 opportunity in program history, and they made the most of it. Boston College defender Alexie Guay made a great slap at the puck at center ice to dispossess the UConn puck carrier, which sent Jilian Fey in all alone on Tia Chan.
Fey’s breakaway was calm, cool, and collected, and her shot was very deliberate. She roofed the puck on what was very much a no-doubter backhand to beat Chan and give the Eagles the 2-1 win.
Lots to like in this one, from Abbey Levy’s continued strong play in net to Fey’s further development since converting to forward (the former D now has 6 tallies on the season, one behind the team lead). And not to mention the team doing a good job staying out of the box and finding the big goals late when they needed them.
The Eagles now sit at 10-3-0 on the season after the one-gamer, and will now await Hockey East’s weekly schedule announcement to see who they’ll play next weekend.