Boston College Women’s Hockey pulled out another close win here in the early part of the 2021-2022 campaign, taking their third 2-1 win in as many contests with a victory over the Merrimack Warriors on Saturday afternoon and bringing their record to 3-0-0.
This game played out much the same as the other two games the Eagles have played this season. BC started out as the stronger team and took a 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first period, with freshman Katie Pyne scoring her first career goal on the power play. BC outshot the Warriors 11-6 in the first, and to that point the game had gone about how you’d have expected it to.
But as the game went on, the Eagles had to lean more and more on their goaltender Abbey Levy as Merrimack started controlling play. A lot of this came from the Eagles taking a ton of penalties (7 on the day, oof), but playing a team that went 1-15-0 last season and 0-4-0 to start this season, you would expect BC to be dictating play. Fortunately, despite getting outshot 17-7 in the second period, the Eagles were the ones to find a goal in the frame off the stick of Willow Corson to extend the lead to 2-0.
The third period was more of the same, with BC again struggling to get anything going. The Eagles took three penalties in the final frame to Merrimack’s zero, and eventually it did burn them with Merrimack scoring a goal to make it 2-1 with about 14 minutes left in the game. But he Levy and the Eagles were able to stop the bleeding there, putting the final score at 2-1 and giving BC their third close win of the year.
With all three games on the road to start the season for BC and weird results popping up all over the national scoreboard (#2 Northeastern on their way to getting swept on the weekend and D1/D2 NEWHA teams are putting up impressive fights against autobid conference opponents), these are the sort of “just take the win and move on” results that BC probably won’t be too upset about.
Still, you’d like BC to take more control of these games going forward. They’ll get their next opportunity to do so with a home-and-home against New Hampshire, including the Eagles’ first home game of the season on Friday afternoon.