Women’s Hockey Unable to Hold Off No. 2/3 Boston College

Women’s Hockey Unable to Hold Off No. 2/3 Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – In its third game against a top-10 opponent in five days, the Harvard women's hockey team (8-8-1, 6-5-1 ECAC) succumbed to the skill of the Boston College Eagles (20-2-3, 13-1-3 WHEA) 6-2. 

Boston College opened scoring less than four minutes in and made it 4-0 by the beginning of the third period. Nikki Friesen erased the hopes of a shutout at 12:18 of the final frame before the Eagles would punch back making it 5-1. Haley Mullins added a power-play tally at 18:54 of the third, making a dent in the deficit, but Boston College would have the final word in a 6-2 decision. 

The Crimson put an incredible amount of pressure on the Eagles tonight, totaling 38 shots on goal on 56 attempts. On the other side of the ice, Larcom faced 30 shots from the Eagles, making 24 saves.

Harvard did not incur a single penalty during the game while Boston College was called three times. The Crimson capitalized on its third opportunity of the evening, with Haley Mullins scoring on the man-advantage after Harvard ran dry through 16 power-play chances spread over five games. 

Goal Descriptions

  • Boston College took an early lead when Caitrin Lonergan fed the puck across the slot to Willow Corson who redirected it to beat Larcom short-side at 3:19 of the opening frame.
  • Toni Ann Miano doubled the Eagles' lead when she recovered the puck at the point and fired a shot that bounced through Larcom's five hole at 18:40 of the first period.
  • Just 5:10 into the middle frame, Boston College tallied its third of the night off the stick of MaKenna Newkirk. Daryl Watts entered the zone with the puck and rifled a shot from the right circle that bounced off Larcom where Newkirk was able to bang home the rebound from just outside the crease.
  • Boston College continued to charge ahead when Caitrin Lonergan skated into the right circle and rifled a shot over Larcom's shoulder into the top left corner of the net at 3:11 of the final period.
  • Nikki Friesen eliminated the possibility of a shutout at 12:18 of the third on her first goal of the season. After Kate Glover fed the puck from outside the right circle to Keely Moy at the goal line, Moy pushed a pass to Friesen in the slot where she chipped it top shelf to make it 4-1 BC.
  • The Eagles responded with another goal less than 30 seconds later. Maegan Beres fed MaKenna Newkirk charging through the neutral zone toward the Harvard goal. When she came around the far side of the net, she passed to Watts heading into the slot for a redirection in front at 12:40 of the third.
  • After Kaitlin Tse fed Peper for a slapshot from the near point, the puck bounced off the boards where Haley Mullins was able to chip it in on the man-advantage, cutting the deficit at 18:54 of the third.
  • The Eagles would have the final word in the contest by way of Erin Connolly. With Delaney Belinskas flying up the boards, Connolly followed, taking the puck from her teammate to fire a shot from the dot that bounced off a Harvard skate and into the net at 19:10 of the final frame.

What's Next?
The Harvard women's hockey team will return to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this weekend to take on No. 2/2 Clarkson and No. 10/RV St. Lawrence this Friday and Saturday. Puck drops are set for 6 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the games will be broadcast on NESNPlus and NESN respectively.