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Boston College Women's Hockey Downs Undefeated Cornell

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Eagles hand #2 Cornell their first loss of the season as part of a weekend split

Graham Beck, BC Heights Sports

It took a while, but BC women's hockey finally has a marquee win on the season.

After a tight contest on Friday night resulted in a 2-0 loss, the Eagles rebounded in a big way to take a huge 4-1 win up in Ithica, NY.

The game took an interesting turn after Meagan Mangene scored her first of the season to give BC a 1-0 lead. After facing just four shots, Cornell's senior goaltender Lauren Slebodnick left her glove and helmet on the ice and skated off toward the locker room. The Cornell announcers seemed to think that there was an equipment issue, but she would not return. Sources reported after the game that she left with a shoulder injury but shouldn't miss any more time.

BC took advantage of the backup goaltender, with Taylor Wasylk scoring to go up 2-0 before the end of the first period. The Eagles were rewarded for strong second period with a goal from Danielle Doherty to go up 3-0.

The teams traded goals in the third period, and 4-1 would be the final. Senior Corinne Boyles played one of her best games of the season, stopping 39 of the 40 shots she faced.

It was a critical win for BC. After putting itself in a bit of a Pairwise hole early in the season with untimely losses to non-tournament teams, there were precious few opportunities to climb out with games against top teams. BC just completed the first half of a four game stretch against tournament teams (based on the current pairwise), all on the road.

BC's next opponent before the break is Harvard, currently sitting at #2 in the Pairwise after Cornell's loss to BC. A win would set BC up for a strong second half in an attempt to climb back into the 8-team tournament field.