By Mark Fraenkel
After a tough loss to Northeastern last Friday, the Boston University women’s hockey team (9-9-4, 8-6-3 Hockey East) play Holy Cross (3-20, 1-17 HE) on the road and hosts rival Boston College (13-11, 11-8 HE) this weekend. The BC game originally scheduled for Saturday will happen on Sunday afternoon due to the snow storm.
Friday night’s matchup in Worcester is an interesting test for the Terriers. Holy Cross has been abysmal this season. In the cellar of the Hockey East standings, the Crusaders only conference win came against BU back in November.
Darci Johal and Sommer Ross scored goals for Holy Cross in the win. Johal’s six goals this season lead the team. With big games against BC and the Beanpot opener on Tuesday, Friday’s game will be a trap game for the Terriers. Based on the November matchup, Head Coach Brian Durocher’s team cannot overlook their first game of the weekend.
Following Friday’s game against Holy Cross, the Terriers will host BC on Sunday. Before Thanksgiving, BU beat BC in a thrilling game at Walter Brown Arena.
The Terriers were led by goals from junior defenseman Nadia Mattivi, senior forward Emma Wuthrich, senior forward Mackenna Parker, freshman forward Christina Vote, and senior forward Courtney Correia. Freshman goaltender Callie Shanahan got the win for the Terriers on Nov. 21.
The Eagles are on a three game winning streak right now, with a home and home win over Holy Cross and a win over Providence College. BC will play the University of Connecticut on the road before their matchup at Walter Brown.
Katie King Crowley’s BC team is currently in the fourth spot in the Hockey East standings with 31 points. BU is four points behind the Eagles in sixth place. With only three weekends remaining following this two game set, the BU-BC game will be pivotal for the standings.
The Terriers have struggled lately, as they have not won a game in regulation since their December 4th win over Merrimack. Despite playing well last Friday night, BU lost both of their games against Hockey East leading Northeastern.
The Terriers on average score and allow 2.4 goals per game. The Eagles score 2.3 goals per game on average and allow 2.5 goals per game on average. BU has a .111 conversion percentage on the power play, while BC has .114 conversion percentage.
The puck will drop at 6:00pm in Worcester on Friday, and 1:00pm at Wally B on Sunday. We’ll have coverage of both matchups. Follow along on Twitter @BOShockeyblog and Instagram @boston.hockey.blog for further updates.