|1st||6:49||CON||1-0||EV||Catherine Crawley (3)||Leah Lum/9, Briana Colangelo/15|
|1st||7:16||CON||2-0||EV||Kayla Mee (6)||Justine Fredette/9, Nora Maclaine/5|
|1st||14:14||CON||3-0||EV||Leah Lum (18)||Briana Colangelo/16, Catherine Crawley/5|
|2nd||6:53||BC||1-3||EV||Megan Keller (5)||Makenna Newkirk/22, Kristyn Capizzano/8|
|2nd||14:08||CON||4-1||EV||Kelly Harris (4)||Rebecca Lindblad/4, Justine Fredette/10|
|2nd||15:36||BC||2-4||PP||Makenna Newkirk (13)||Kenzie Kent/13, Megan Keller/18|
|2nd||18:45||BC||3-4||EV||Caroline Ross (1)||Delaney Belinskas/12, Andie Anastos/18|
|3rd||1:42||BC||4-4||EV GT||Caitrin Lonergan (11)||Megan Keller/19, Makenna Newkirk/23|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (20-3-5)||1/4||4/8||0|
|Annie Belanger (T, 9-11-4)||65:00||4||9||8||13||5||35|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Katie Burt (T, 18-3-5)||65:00||4||9||5||8||0||22|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The sixth-ranked Boston College women's hockey team twice battled back from three-goal deficits to earn a 4-4 tie against Connecticut on Friday night at Kelley Rink. The tie allowed the Eagles to claim 2016-17 Hockey East regular-season title outright. This is the team's fourth-straight regular-season crown.
Connecticut staked a 3-0 lead after the first period, the largest deficit BC had faced all season. Coming out of the intermission, Megan Keller got the Eagles on the board but UConn responded to retake the three-goal advantage. Makenna Newkirk then scored on the power-play and Caroline Ross scored her first career goal to pull BC within a goal after two periods.
At 1:42 of the third period, Caitrin Lonergan scored the Eagles' fourth goal to pull the team even at 4-4. BC out-shot UConn 14-8 in the period, but could not find the go-ahead goal. In overtime, the Eagles put five shots on UConn goaltender Annie Belanger, but she stopped all five. The Huskies didn't get a shot on target in the extra session.
With a goal and two assists, Keller recorded her 100th career point, while Newkirk also collected a three-point night.
Katie Burt made 22 saves in goal for BC, while Belanger made 35 to back the Huskies.
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No. 6 Boston College 4, Connecticut 4 (OT)
Friday, February 3, 2017
Kelley Rink at Conte Forum | Chestnut Hill, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED
1st, 6:49 | 1-0, UConn GOAL - After a back-and-forth start, the Huskies broke through first. Leah Lum picked up a puck near the half boards and slung a lob pass cross-ice to teammate Catherine Crawley. A BC defenseman couldn't handle the airborne puck near the redline, where Crawley swept in, beat another defender, and found the back of the net. Katie Burt made the initial save, but the puck slipped behind her for the score.
1st, 7:16 | 2-0, UConn GOAL - The Huskies quickly doubled their lead less than 30 seconds after getting on the board with a shot from the point by defenseman Kayla Mee. UConn's Justine Fredette fielded a pass in the neutral zone, skated through the blue line and fired a shot towards Burt's stick side that she fended off with her kneepad. Fredette snagged the rebound of her own shot and hit Mee skating into the Eagles' zone, who then riffled a shot from the point over Burt's glove and into the back of the net.
1st, 14:14 | 3-0, UConn GOAL - UConn tacked on another goal to their early lead to go ahead 3-0. Crawley played the puck off the boards in her own zone to Criana Colangelo, who carried it through center ice, where only one BC defender stood between her and Burt. Colangelo put the puck on net only to have Burt make the save, but the rebound landed right at the stick of Mee, who was trailing. Mee tapped back the puck into the empty net to give the Huskies the tally.
2nd, 6:53 | 3-1, BC GOAL - The Eagles came out for the second period looking to get on the board and did so just before the halfway mark. Kristyn Capizzano forced a loose puck in the corner behind the UConn net. The puck slid directly to Makenna Newkirk's stick who turned and found a wide-open Megan Keller skating towards the net from the top of the slot. Keller one-timed the pass on frame and beat the Huskies' goaltender stick side.
2nd, 14:08 | 4-1, UConn GOAL - UConn tallied another to take back a three-goal lead. Following a scrum in front of the Huskies' bench, the puck dribbled loose past the blue line into the Eagles' zone. UConn's Kelly Harris was the first to emerge from the traffic, grabbed hold of the puck and threw a pass towards the middle of the ice to Rebecca Lindblad. Lindblad fired a shot right that trickled through for a goal after Burt appeared to make the save.
2nd, 15:36 | 4-2, BC GOAL (PPG) - BC responded quickly to cut the deficit back to two goals. On the power play, Keller and Kenzie Kent traded passes along the blue line and Kent put a shot on from the top of the right faceoff circle. Her attempt was blocked, but the kick fell right at Newkirk's feet on the right side of the goal, where she shoveled it in, bringing the Eagles back within two again.
2nd, 18:45 | 4-3, BC GOAL - Andie Anastos cut off a clearing pass and curled back into the UConn zone. A UConn defender came in to try to cut her progress along the boards, but Delaney Belinskas picked up the puck and skated around the back of the goal. She traded passes with Caroline Ross at the left point before the freshman got the return pass and sent a fluttering shot toward goal with Anastos setting a screen in front of UConn goaltender Annie Belanger. With the help of the screen, the puck flew over Belanger's glove-side shoulder into the net.
3rd, 1:42 | 4-4, BC GOAL - The Eagles came out firing and drew level with a score from Caitrin Lonergan. Newkirk pushed the puck back out of the Huskies' zone where it was picked up near the blue line by Keller. Keller skated through back into the attacked zone, put a move on a UConn defender and launched a shot on net. The rebound slipped out in front where the trailing Lonergan hit it home for the equalizer.
- BC extended its nation-leading unbeaten run to 16 games (13-0-3) that dates back to Nov. 11 ... BC's last loss was a 5-3 defeat at BU on Nov. 5
- The Eagles are now undefeated in their last 63 games at home (60-0-3), dating back to Oct. 19, 2013
- The last time BC trailed an opponent by three goals was March 8, 2015 ... the Eagles lost to Boston University, 4-1, in the championship game of the 2015 Hockey East Tournament
- With her 3 points, Megan Keller reached 100 career points tonight ... she is the 14th player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau and the second defenseman, joining Emily Pfalzer '15 (102)
- Megan Keller collected her seventh multiple-point effort of the season and her third three-point game
- Keller extended her point streak to five games, during which time she's recorded 10 points (3-7-10)
- Makenna Newkirk recorded her 10th multiple-point game of the season with her one-goal, two-assist effort ... it's her fourth multi-point effort in the last five games
- Newkirk recorded her team-leading sixth power-play goal of the season with her second-period strike
- Newkirk collected her 50th career assist with her set-up of Caitrin Lonergan's third-period goal,
- Newkirk extended her point streak to eight games ... it's now tied for the team's longest streak this season, matching Lonergan's eight-game run from Oct. 22 through Nov. 12 ... Newkirk also has a five-game goal streak in tact
- Caroline Ross scored her first-career goal in the second period
- Lonergan scored her 11th goal of the season with her third-period goal to even the score at 4-4
- Kristyn Capizzano's assist on Keller's second-period goal was her 98th career point
- Kenzie Kent's assist on Newkirk's second-period goal was her 98th career point
- Andie Anastos recorded her 18th assist of the season on Ross' second-period goal
- Delaney Belinskas notched her 12th assist of the season on Ross' goal
Connecticut: 12-13-4, 7-10-2 HEA
Boston College: 20-3-5, 15-2-3 HEA THREE STARS
1. Megan Keller, BC
2. Makenna Newkirk, BC
3. Justine Fredette, UConn UP NEXT
BC next hits the ice on Tuesday, Feb. 7, when the team will look to defend its Beanpot title. The Eagles will face Northeastern in the championship game of the 39th Annual Beanpot at the Huskies' Matthews Arena at 7:30 p.m., following the Boston University-Harvard third-place game at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at gonu.com.