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GOAL BY GOAL: BC Women’s Hockey Finishes Regular Season With 3-1 Win Over Providence

Eagles head into the conference tournament on a high note

John Quackenbos, BC Athletics

BC women’s hockey is probably going to be hitting the road for the first round of the national tournament, but at least they’ll be going into the postseason with a win.

The Eagles are still playing with a short roster, and after a terrible 4-1 loss on Saturday afternoon to Providence, the Eagles came out on Sunday and took care of business against the Friars with a 3-1 win on senior night.

Providence Goal #1 (SHG): 10:55 of the 2nd period
Brooke Boquist (Cassidy Carels)

PC 1, BC 0

Despite earning the win, it was still a struggle for the Eagles with so many players missing from the roster sheet. BC was outshot by the Friars (pretty handily in the third period), and the Friars were able to strike first.

The Eagles turned the puck over at center ice while on the power play, leading to a shorthanded two on one. It’s just a simple shot from Boquist, but it beats Burt.

At this point, the Eagles have got to have a feeling of deja vu.

Boston College Goal #1: 12:19 of the 2nd period
Kenzie Kent (Andie Anastos, Bridget McCarthy)

BC 1, PC 1

But this game couldn’t have ended more differently from Friday’s game. BC immediately responded and took control of the game in the span of just a few minutes.

The Eagles came in on an odd man rush of their own, though it wasn’t a clean play. The Friar defender did well to break up the chance, but the puck found itself on the stick of Anastos in front of the net.

She deftly sent the puck over to Kent, who was able to spin and fire on the unguarded net for the goal.

Boston College Goal #2: 14:13 of the 2nd period
Caitrin Lonergan (Delaney Belinskas, Kristyn Capizzano)

BC 2, PC 1

A couple minutes later, BC’s flipped the score.

This is a great play by Capizzano to make it all happen. She’s in a puck battle along the boards, and recognizes Belinskas coming in from behind in support. It’s timed well, and Capizzano is able to send a blind backhanded pass to Belinskas in stride.

From there, Lonergan is cruising into the slot ready to receive the pass. Belinskas finds her, and BC’s got the lead for the first time all weekend.

Boston College Goal #3: 16:43 of the 2nd period
Caitrin Lonergan (Delaney Belinskas, Megan Keller)

BC 3, PC 1

Another two minutes later, BC gets some insurance.

This is a greasy goal for the Eagles, but they earned it. Belinskas receives the pass from Keller right in a prime scoring area. Belinskas fires the puck in on net, and while Myers makes the initial save, she can’t control the puck and it ends up just behind her in the crease.

Lonergan gets there first, and she’s able to get the goal for BC.

That was all the scoring, all in the span of a few minutes, and BC was fortunate to be able to take control of the game when they did.

BC really needs to get some bodies back. Three players — forward Makenna Newkirk, and defensemen Grace Bizal and Caroline Ross — have missed time due to injury, but could rejoin the team soon. It would provide a huge boost to a team that has played short staffed, particularly on the blue line, for weeks, and it’s started to creep up on them.

And now, the Eagles head to the postseason. The Hockey East quarterfinals are Thursday, Friday, and (if necessary, God forbid, Sunday) against Merrimack. Keep your eyes peeled for the BCI women’s hockey Pairwise Predictor, which will drop later this afternoon!