After their historic Hockey East winning streak was snapped last weekend against lowly Maine, the Boston College women’s hockey team needed to bounce back in a big way.
They did just that this weekend in a home-and-home series against arguably the best team in the East, picking up a win and a tie against #4-ranked Quinnipiac.
After a 0-0 tie on home ice Friday, the Eagles (4-2-2) picked up a resounding, 4-1 win over Quinnipiac (5-2-1) on Saturday at the TD Bank Arena in Hamden.
BC and Quinnipiac battled to their fourth straight scoreless period in the opening frame, before Tori Ann Miano cracked open the scoring at 5:34 of the second period, notching a power play goal. Unfortunately, the lead wouldn’t last long, as QU struck back just over a minute later with a PPG of their own to tie it.
From there, everything came up Birds. Makenna Newkirk sent BC in to the locker room with a 2-1 lead, scoring late in the second period. Caitrin Lonergan and Kenzie Kent extended the lead as BC hit the afterburners in the third period, locking down a big win.
It was crucial for BC to convert and take home the victory on Saturday because the Eagles really coulda-shoulda-woulda won on Friday, too. BC outshot Quinnipiac 38-23 in Friday's game, including a barrage of opportunities in the third period, pumping 16 shots on net between the third period and OT.
BC should certainly come out of this weekend with the confidence that they can certainly trade blows with anyone in the East.
BC has a home-and-home with UConn this coming weekend, a sneaky-difficult opponent that regularly gives the Eagles a tough game. The puck drops Friday night at 7 in Storrs, before returning home for a matinee on Saturday at 2.