Well, that definitely happened.
After a great regular season and coming into the postseason as a #2 seed in the Hockey East tournament, you might have thought that Boston College Women’s Hockey could make a run to the title game and maybe give Northeastern a fight for some hardware. But there’s no sugarcoating it — the Eagles just straight-up did not show up to the game on Sunday night, falling 5-1 to UConn in the Hockey East quarterfinals in a game that unfortunately was as much of a blowout as the score says it was.
UConn did not play like a team that hadn’t faced anyone in two weeks. The Huskies came out firing in the first period, and it was only through some big saves by Abbey Levy that the Eagles weren’t trailing by a couple goals heading into the first intermission.
Unfortunately, things went totally awry in the second period. The Huskies scored to take a 1-0 lead early in the period, scored another midway through the period to make it 2-0, and scored again with just a few minutes to play before the last intermission to make it 3-0... and the whole thing just felt like a disaster.
The Eagles really hadn’t played like they had a comeback in them to that point, and though they did start to turn things around in the third, it was really far too little, far too late. And when UConn scored to make it 4-0 with 7 minutes to play, it was hardly the dagger it could have been given how much time had already run off the clock. The Eagles did score one to keep from being shut out, but the Huskies responded with a cherry-picker tally in the final two minutes just to rub salt in the wound.
Now the Eagles will have to sit tight and wait for he selection show next Sunday, March 7th at 9pm EST to see if they’ll advance to the NCAA tournament. Without a useful Pairwise Ranking this year, it’s a total mystery who the committee will slot into the field, but it does feel like the Eagles are sitting squarely on the bubble. Boston College will be rooting for no conference tournament upsets to bump out at-large teams, but if there aren’t any, BC will probably have an okay chance to back into the field.