A single loose puck fell to the stick of Boston College’s Ryan Little and suddenly the season was over for the UConn women’s hockey team. A hard-fought season ended in overtime to the No. 6 team in the country.
UConn (14-18-4, 9-14-4) faced off in a three-game set this weekend against No. 6 BC (25-10-1, 19-7-1) and lost the first two games.
The first game was a rough one for the Huskies, losing 4-1. UConn twice gave up two goals within the same minute in this game. They let up goals to Delaney Belinskas and Kali Flanagan in the second minute of the second period, putting them behind. UConn then gave up goals to Megan Keller and Makenna Newkirk in the eleventh minute of the third period, putting the game away.
UConn was able to capitalize on a powerplay opportunity in the third period, as sophomore forward Morgan Wabick slotted home a pass from her sister Taylor Wabick but it was not enough to stop the bleeding.
The second game was full of offense, as it finished 5-4 in overtime with a combined 56 shots on net. UConn was only able to get off 20 shots, but BC goaltender Maddy McArthur let in four goals despite the low shot load she faced.
BC’s Lindsay Agnew started off the scoring with a goal just three minutes into the first period; she had 14 goals during the regular season.
UConn sophomore forward Natalie Snodgrass then equalized in the eighteenth minute of the first on passes from Morgan and Taylor Wabick. Snodgrass then assisted senior defender Kayla Mee’s goal in the second. Just minutes later, freshman forward Danika Pasqua put away a pass from Savannah Bouzide and Viki Harkness.
Up 3-1 in the final seconds of the second period, the Huskies looked like they had a strong chance to win until BC put themselves back in it. Erin Connolly scored on a pass from Maegan Beres and Serena Sommerfield to set the score at 3-2 going into the third.
In the third period, BC began to attack Morgan Fisher and the UConn defense with shot after shot, putting up a total of 15 in the last 20 minutes.
Connolly then tied up the game just four minutes into the third and UConn was losing 4-3 just four minutes later.
Last year in the semi-final of the playoffs, Snodgrass put away two chances to help UConn upset No. 3 BC 4-2 on the way to the conference finals. This year she helped them tie the game 4-4 in the dying minutes of the third period to keep their season alive.
UConn was able to get less shots off as the game went on. In overtime, they were able to get just one in nine minutes of action.
BC, on the other hand, got stronger by the period and put four shots on net in overtime. The last shot was taken by Little. This would be the last shot goaltender Morgan Fisher and the rest of the 2018-2019 UConn women’s hockey team would see.
By a score of 5-4, the No. 6 BC Eagles would enact their revenge on the UConn Huskies, ending their season just as UConn had done to them the year prior.
Mike Mavredakis is a campus correspondent for the Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.