These rivalry games, man. You just never know what you're going to get.
BC women's hockey struggled out of the gate, falling behind early, but rebounded to tie the game late. A wild overtime couldn't determine a winner, and BC and BU ended up with a crazy tie that put the Eagles' #1 national ranking in jeopardy.
Boston University Goal #1 (PPG): 18:44 of the 1st period
Samantha Sutherland (Sarah Steele, Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga)
BU 1, BC 0
There's no doubt about it: BC struggled to get going in the first period. Chalk it up to BU being amped up on senior night if you want, but BC was incredibly sloppy and couldn't complete a pass or hold the puck in BU's end.
After a few chances for BU that went for nothing, it was an incredibly fluky goal that got the Terriers on the board.
The initial shot from the far point gets blocked by Carpenter and trickled right over to the stick of #4 Sarah Steele. She gets good wood on it and it either deflects up off Skarupa's stick or just goes up high over to where Sutherland is in front of the net.
Sutherland deflects it, all right: it takes a crazy bounce up off what looks like her arm (it sounded live like it may have gotten part of the shaft of the stick) but either way, the funny bounce winds up in the back of the net and BU took the lead into the locker room.
Boston College Goal #1: 4:01 of the 2nd period
Haley Skarupa (Alex Carpenter, Emily Pfalzer)
BC 1, BU 1
As bad as the first period was, the second period was some of BC's best hockey of the season. The Eagles outshot BU 20-2 over the twenty minute period and created a barrage of chances.
BC did a beautiful job passing and skating to create space to set up this goal. Carpenter down low along the boards gets the pass from Pfalze, and Pfalzer skates in hard to the net.
Pfalzer skating in creates a big hole in the slot that Skarupa skates forward to fill. Carpenter finds her with the pass, and the Eagles are shooting from right where they want to be.
To the third period we would go, and things got all kinds of crazy.
First, we have Dana Trivigno doing her best Katie Burt impression with this ridiculous glove save to preserve the tie.
Unfortunately, BU would eventually get the go-ahead goal.
Boston University Goal #2: 13:01 of the 3rd period
Maddie Elia (Alexis Woloschuk, Samantha Sutherland)
BU 2, BC 1
This is a good individual effort from #14 Maddie Elia for BU. The shot comes in from a distance but it doesn't have too much steam and gets caught up in Elia's skates. Carpenter is all over her, but doesn't see that the puck doesn't make it through and that Elia has it in her skates.
Elia makes a quick more to kick it out to her stick and she's able to shoot on Burt at pretty much point blank range.
The goal was late, but left BC just enough time to tie it back up.
Boston College Goal #2 (PPG): 18:45 of the 3rd period
Dana Trivigno (Haley Skarupa, Megan Keller)
BC 2, BU 2 -- FINAL
BC woke up after the Terrier goal, which is nice, but the fact that it takes another team scoring for BC to play its best hockey is more than a little bit concerning.
They're on the power play here, and do a great job again of sending bodies into the net to open up space in the high slot. It's Skarupa again, but this time Hanson makes the save. She can't hold the rebound though, and Trivigno is in the right place at the right time to cash in.
To overtime! A new rule this year dictated that Hockey East games would be 4 on 4 for 5 minutes. It did not disappoint.
To complicate matters, BC took a penalty for too many skaters right at the end of regulation, and then took another penalty right after they had killed it, giving BU a 4 on 3 for the majority of overtime.
BU would score on the second advantage, but the whistle had just blown prior to the goal as Kayla Tutino was called for goalie interference.
You can watch a much longer GIF of the entire sequence here (it's very large, you'll have to let it load), but Tutino had been in Burt's grill for quite a while before the ref finally had enough and blew the play dead. BU celebrated despite the whistle being clear as day before the goal was scored (not that it mattered, it would have been no goal anyway).
Tutino was sent to the box, giving the teams almost two full minutes of 3 on 3 hockey. Neither team wanted to open things up, and it stayed pretty tentative, but Alex Carpenter came in on a breakaway with just seconds remaining after the game returned to 4 on 4 with a chance for the win. Hanson made the save, and that was that.
So, BC stumbles a bit heading into tournament season. Next week they will open up with a 2 out of 3 series against whoever ends up in 8th place in Hockey East. The Hockey East semifinals and finals are the week after, followed by the NCAA tournament.
Whatever Coach Crowley has to say to get the team playing its best, now is the time to say it. There are no more mulligans to be had.