Boston College had to squeeze past unheralded Maine to pick up their first win of the year on Saturday, narrowly edging the Black Bears 2-1. A second period goal by freshman Caitrin Lonergan gave BC the win on Saturday, which ended up being a lot tougher than most would have predicted.
Despite Saturday’s struggles, the offense broke out on Sunday, powered by a four-goal effort by freshman Delaney Belinskas, and BC cruised past Maine 5-1 to complete the sweep.
Belinskas went off after the Eagles gave up an early goal, scoring a natural hat trick to dig BC out of the hole. In the third period, Belinskas added her fourth, completing a 2-on-1 with Lonergan to give BC a three goal lead.
Yet another freshman, Bridget McCarthy, roofed one in the final two minutes to close out the scoring, delivering the Eagles a 5-1 win.
Belinskas, McCarthy and Lonergan combined for 7 points and 12 shots on the day.
BC is now 2-1-1 on the season as the Eagles shook off their tough opening weekend at Minnesota-Duluth.
Next weekend, BC faces another pair of Hockey East foes. On Friday night, the Eagles return to the scene of March’s national championship game loss, taking on UNH at the Whittemore Center. On Saturday, BC travels to Maine to close out the season series with the Black Bears, looking for the season sweep.