CHESNUT HILL, Mass. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team’s 3-0 lead was erased by Boston College Friday at Kelley Rink and the game ended in a 4-4 draw after overtime. The Huskies now possess a 12-13-4 overall record and are 7-10-2 in WHEA games.
Four different goal scorers helped UConn bring home a point Friday against No. 6 Boston College (20-3-5, 15-2-3 WHEA).
Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) racked up 35 saves in Friday’s tie against the Eagles.
UConn scored back-to-back goals 27 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead over the Eagles early in the first period.
Freshman Catherine Crawley (Washingtonville, N.Y.) found the back of the net 6:49 into the game after she squeaked one under the pad of BC goaltender Katie Burt from the slot. Junior Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) and freshman Briana Colangelo (Whitby, Ont.) each grabbed an assist on the play.
Less than 30 seconds later, sophomore Kayla Mee (Stonewall, Manitoba) extended UConn’s lead to 2-0 with assists to junior captain Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and sophomore Nora Maclaine (Easton, Mass.).
The Huskies took a commanding 3-0 lead 14:14 into the game when Lum, UConn’s leading scorer, buried a rebound into a wide-open back door off an initial shot from Colangelo.
UConn outshot Boston College 12-9 in the first period and killed off its only penalty late in the first to maintain a 3-0 lead heading into the break.
Boston College got on the board 6:53 into the second period with a goal from Megan Keller.
UConn regained a three-goal lead 14:08 into the period when senior Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) cleaned up a rebound that trickled behind Burt after an initial shot from sophomore Rebecca Lindblad (Winnetka, Ill.).
The Eagles scored two unanswered goals to close out the second period. Lindblad was called for interference less than 20 seconds after Harris’ goal and BC’s Makenna Newkirk capitalized for the Eagles on the man-advantage to make it 4-2.
BC’s Caroline Ross scored her first career goal with just over one minute to play in the second to put the Eagles within one goal through two periods. Boston College held a 20-18 advantage on shots after the second period.
The Eagles tied the score up 4-4 less than two minutes into the third period when Caitrin Lonergan knocked in a rebound.
Both teams were plagued by hooking penalties late in the game, but neither team found the go-ahead goal. UConn went up on the power play first, 14:22 into the third, after BC’s Megan Keller was sent to the box for hooking.
Just over a minute after Boston College returned to full strength, Maclaine was assessed a hooking penalty with 2:02 to play in the game.
The Huskies held off the Eagles and regulation ended in a 4-4 tie and the game went into overtime.
The Eagles came out strong at the start of the overtime period. Belanger made four crucial saves in the first two minutes of overtime to keep the Huskies in it.
UConn and Boston College were even for the five extra minutes and the game finished in a 4-4 draw. Boston College clinched the Hockey East regular season title after Friday’s tie.
The Huskies continue their road trip at Providence on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Schneider Arena. Puck-drop is at 2 p.m.
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