Boston College shocks Northeastern three-1 in semifinals of Women’s 43rd Beanpot
The 3-1 upset took identify Tuesday between the No. 3 Huskies and the No. 17 Boston College Eagles. Despite doubling the Eagles’ shots on goal 50-25, 2 goals from BC junior defenseman Alexie Guay and an empty cyberspace goal tardily in the tertiary period were enough to deny the Huskies a run a risk at
. Northeastern’due south failure to find the dorsum of the cyberspace was the story of the game for the top ranked Huskies. Near perfect play for Boston College senior goalie Abigail Levy mitigated an aggressive Huskies criminal offense, as she saved 49 out of 50 shots.
“We [need to] notice means to put the puck in the internet,” said Huskies head motorbus Dave Flint, while pensively looking down at the box score of the game. “Goals aren’t coming easily correct at present for us.”
, the 43rd Women’s Beanpot started at Matthews Arena Feb. 1. The annual tournament sets four Massachusetts schools — Northeastern Academy, Harvard Academy, Boston University and Boston College — against each other in a highly anticipated, rivalry filled tradition.
This was the flavour’s fourth matchup between the Eagles and the Huskies, with the Huskies winning the three previous matchups with a combined score of 12-2. Two of those previous games were shutouts; none of the games were shut.
As fans pushed their way into Matthews Arena, few thought that the Eagles had a chance. However, every bit the 2022 Winter Olympics start in Beijing, Northeastern was without headliner Alina Mueller. The absence of the celebrated center has hurt the Huskies all season, as all four of their losses have come without her in the lineup. While these absences accept been scattered throughout the flavour, and for various reasons, Mueller helped the Huskies defeat BC the last time they played. In Northeastern’southward previous matchup against Boston Higher, a 5-0 win for the Huskies, Mueller had ii goals and an aid.
With a definitive Harvard win earlier in the twenty-four hour period against Boston University, BC will go on to play the Crimson next calendar week.
Pom poms and posters lined the DogHouse Tuesday and excitement for the matchup could be seen throughout the highly attended arena.
“Everyone was fired up. That was a great atmosphere. That was the most fans we’ve had in the edifice in a while, and I wish nosotros gave them a petty better outcome,” Flint said.
With BC winning the opening faceoff, Northeastern’s hawkish defence force swarmed from the outset. Patient passes and quick transitions into criminal offense made way for many Huskies shots on goal. Steals deep in BC’due south zone led to ideal opportunities for the Huskies, but Levy was impermeable in goal. Saving 24 shots throughout the period, her stiff play in the first would continue throughout the game.
Northeastern’s center water ice pressure forced many BC turnovers, causing the Eagles to rush passes and lose the puck. Northeastern junior forward Katy Knoll and junior defenseman Megan Carter made the Huskies’ zone hard to break. Offensive play from Huskies freshman forrard Skylar Irving and graduate student defenseman Skylar Fontaine set the tone throughout the first catamenia for the Huskies, accumulating 9 shots combined.
Nevertheless, the Huskies’ defence faltered midway through the get-go menses. Guay weaved from the right side and found the back of the net.
Following the goal, Northeastern turned their offensive efforts up to 11, shooting 8 sequent shots in 3 minutes. Despite their attempts, Levy remained steady, saving each shot. Levy has been incredible throughout the entire flavour, with a
relieve pct of .938 while facing 913 goals
— about 150 more than any other goalie. Tuesday night was no different, as the Huskies remained scoreless throughout the commencement period, despite outshooting the Eagles 24-5.
The 2nd menstruum continued with more brilliant play from Levy, and even stronger support from her skaters. The Eagles’ offense and defence force both played with an aggressiveness that was not nowadays in the first period. While the Huskies connected to muster shots and get deep in the zone, they forced fewer turnovers and took fewer shots.
With pressure level mounting equally the catamenia went on, it seemed that the Huskies began to prefer a quantity over quality mindset when it came to their shooting. This tunnel vision hindered their ability to maintain control of the puck, causing multiple BC fast break attempts. Fortunately, Northeastern’southward netminder, graduate pupil Aerin Frankel, is likewise 1 of the
best goalies in the NCAA
. Through diving saves and difficult blocks, Frankel kept the Huskies competitive in the 2nd period.
I aspect of the Huskies’ success this flavour that was not seen throughout the first two periods was their play with an actress skater. Northeastern has the
most ability play goals of any NCAA team (28)
highest power-play percentage in Hockey E (.283)
. With no penalties called in the kickoff 2 periods, their power play success was a nonfactor. However, this would change in the third period.
With the score ane-0 heading into the third period, Northeastern continued to look for the equalizer. Four minutes into the flow, a BC holding penalty would requite Northeastern an reward for the first time in the game. A tight 1-two-1 strategy in front of the crease prevented Northeastern from scoring. The Eagles killed the penalty every bit the DogHouse’s optimistic chants quieted.
Following a blocked shot and a shot off the pipe, Northeastern’s chances looked grim. A steal at centre ice by junior forward Peyton Anderson created a gold opportunity for the Huskies to score. She carried the puck down the left side of the ice, with two defenders in her way. Anderson could accept tried to score herself, only instead she paused, waiting for senior forward Chloé Aurard to fly up the ice. Anderson miraculously flicked the puck through both defenders’ sticks, setting Aurard up for the equalizer. A nifty deke from Aurard lit the lamp, tying the game — and cheers from the pupil section engulfed Matthews.
Just 12 seconds afterwards, a hitting from behind penalty on Huskies graduate student forward Tessa Ward gave BC a hazard at a ability play. While Northeastern plays consistently well when downwardly a skater, with a
penalty impale percentage of 90.eight
, the Eagles would accept advantage with a screen shot goal from Guay, leading to her first two-goal game of the season. The thank you that had engulfed Matthews moments agone came to a simmer.
The two-1 lead for the Eagles came into jeopardy when the Huskies gained a 5-3 advantage after two BC penalties. Regardless, great play from Levy prevented the Huskies from capitalizing. After sacrificing their goalie for an actress skater, an empty internet goal from center ice was the nail in the bury for the Huskies.
The scattered BC fans erupted in joy equally their road marching ring played in elation. The music ominously echoed throughout Matthews for the Northeastern faithful, who silently observed, in disbelief or disappointment.
The victory marked the 350 win for Boston College head motorbus Katie Crowley, whose team sprayed her with water bottles in celebration. The Eagles defeated New Hampshire v-3 on Fri and volition go on to play Boston University at habitation on Saturday. So, Boston College will play in the Beanpot Title next Tuesday against Harvard.
“That’s the best game we’ve played in a while. Sometimes, when you outplay the other team and you deserve to win, you don’t win,” Flintstone said.
The Beanpot semifinals was the second sequent loss for Northeastern, who have now scored only two goals in 82 shots. The Huskies played Merrimack Friday, and snapped their ii-game losing streak in a 5-0 shutout victory. Next, the Huskies will play Boston Higher on Tuesday at 4:00 pm in the Beanpot consolation game at Matthews.