PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Daryl Watts racked up three points, including the game-winning goal, and the second-seeded Boston College women's hockey team topped third-seeded Boston University, 5-1, in the Hockey East Tournament semifinal on Saturday at Schneider Arena. The Eagles now advanced to face the top-seeded Northeastern Huskies in tomorrow's 1:35 p.m. title game. It will be the eighth Hockey East Championship game for Boston College.
Watts assisted on Lindsay Agnew's 15th goal of the season - which came just 22 seconds into the game - and then potted her 20th goal of the season four minutes into the second. Kelly Browne's power-play strike gave BC a 3-0 lead before Abby Cook's own power-play strike ended the Eagles' scoring run.
Watts' second of the game with 3:40 to play in the second made it a three-goal lead once again and then Erin Connolly 's eighth of the season made it 5-1 early in the third.
Maddy McArthur finished with 16 saves while Corinne Schroeder had 31 for BU. BC had the 36-17 edge in shots on goal. BC went 2-for-2 on the power play while BU was 1-for-3.
No. 6/6 Boston College 5, No. 8/8 Boston University 1
March 9, 2019 | 4:35 p.m.
Schneider Arena | Providence, R.I.
1st, 0:22 | 1-0, BC GOAL: Watts carried the puck over the blue line and then cut in towards the slot before hitting Makenna Newkirk who was entering on the right side. Newkirk wristed a shot on goal that redirected off of Lindsay Agnew's elbow and over Schroeder's blocker.
2nd, 3:57 | 2-0, BC GOAL: On the power play Watts picked the puck up at the goal line, circled behind the net and turned to her forehand to wrist a shot that squeaked through the pads.
2nd, 11:49 | 3-0, BC GOAL: From the top of the slot, Cayla Barnes fed the puck to Caitrin Lonergan at the left dot and Lonergan threaded a pass to Browne at the bottom of the right circle for a one-timer through Schroeder's legs for a power-play tally.
2nd, 14:27 | 3-1, BU GOAL: Abby Cook was fed at the blue line and wristed a long shot through traffic that snuck inside the right post for a power-play goal.
2nd, 16:20 | 4-1, BC GOAL: Barnes entered the zone on the left and tucked a pass to Watts entering the zone. Watts slowed and stick handled to use the defender as a screen before beating the glove into the upper right corner.
3rd, 6:33 | 5-1, BC GOAL: Delaney Belinskas took a shot from the right side and the rebound popped into the slot for Connolly to skate onto and collect for a long wrister past Schroeder.
- BC advances to its eighth Hockey East Tournament championship game in program history.
- The Eagles are now 8-5 in the semifinal round ... BC is 3-2 in the semifinals as the No. 2 seed ... this was BC's ninth consecutive appearance in the semifinals.
- BC is now 30-19-7 all-time in the series with BU and 25-18-6 under head coach Katie Crowley ... the Eagles are 3-4 in against the Terriers in the Hockey East tournament ... BC is 5-3-1 in neutral site games ... against BU in the conference tournament, BC is now 3-4.
- This is the second time that BC advances to the championship game as the second seed ...
- This was the first meeting between the two teams with both squads ranked since the March 3, 2015 tournament title game that BU won, 5-2.
- Lindsay Agnew has recorded at least one shot on goal in every BC contest this season ... Caitrin Lonergan has fired at least one shot on goal in all 34 of her games played this year.
- Daryl Watts, Makenna Newkirk, and Delaney Belinskas each have five-game point streaks.
- The Eagles have outshot the opponent in 26 consecutive games.
- Newkirk now sits first in program history in Hockey East Tournament points with 21 (10-11-21).
- Daryl Watts now has 40 career multi-point games ... this was her 15th of this season to go with 25 in her 2017-18 freshman season.
- Watts finished with a game-high eight shots on goal.
- The Eagles had 10 different point-getters tonight ... four BC skaters had multiple-point efforts.
- Megan Keller isnow tied for third all-time in Hockey East Tournament history in career assists with BU's Victoria Bach with 12 helpers.