CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Megan Keller scored 1 minute, 58 seconds into overtime, powering the No. 9/9 Boston College women's hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Merrimack on Friday at Kelley Rink. Keller and Caitrin Lonergan each scored twice for BC in the win. Daryl Watts and Serena Sommerfield each tallied two assists.
The teams combined for three goals in the opening five minutes. It seemed it would be all BC, as Keller and Lonergan staked the Eagles to a 2-0 lead but 22 seconds after Lonergan's short-handed tally, the Warriors pulled a goal back. Merrimack's second power-play goal of the game early in the second tied it up, 2-2. Lonergan struck again near the midway point of the frame but Keisha DiCaire's goal had it all even at the second intermission,
In the third, Maddy McArthur's pad save on a 3-on-2 with 12 minutes to play and a freeze a few minutes later on a dangerous shot from the slot kept it a tie game. The freshman had another big save, this time with the blocker, with 6:30 on the clock. Keller's slap shot in overtime gave BC the win in its final home game before the holiday break.
MacArthur finished with 20 saves, including 10 in the third period, while Lea-Kristine Demers had 45 for Merrimack. BC had a 49-23 edge in shots on goal while BC was 1-for-5 on the power play and Merrimack was 2-for-4.
No. 9 Boston College 4, Merrimack 3 (OT)
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 | 2 p.m.
Kelley Rink at Conte Forum | Chestnut Hill, Mass.
1st, 2:20 | 1-0, BC GOAL: From the left point spot, Lindsay Agnew whipped the puck across the zone to Sommerfield at the right. Sommerfield then threaded a pass through two defenders, low back across the zone to Keller at the left dot where she was able to turn and wrist it home.
1st, 5:01 | 2-0, BC GOAL: Seconds into the penalty kill, Lonergan left the puck on a regroup at the BC blue line and then wheeled back into the zone behind the defense. Kali Flanagan looked up and sprung her in alone on Demers for a deke and finish at the right post.
1st, 5:23 | 2-1, MC GOAL: Merrimack regrouped behind their net on the power play and carried the puck up the right wing. Paige Voight broke in and wristed a shot from the hashmarks that beat McArthur.
2nd, 4:37 | 2-2, MC GOAL: Merrimack worked the puck low to Megan Fergusson to the right of McArthur and she slid it back across the crease to Dominique Kermer to slam home at the right post.
2nd, 7:29 | 3-2, BC GOAL: Erin Connolly came around the net with the puck and it bounced off a Merrimack player straight to Watts at dot. Watts skated it to the hashmarks and then slipped a pass for Lonergan to one-time home at the bottom of the left circle.
2nd, 15:24 | 3-3, MC GOAL: A point shot by Julia Maclean popped loose in the slot and Keisha DiCaire won the race to the loose puck in the slot, one-timing it home.
OT, 1:58 | 4-3, BC GOAL: Keller found Watts at the half wall and then moved herself to the middle of the blue line. Watts went back to Keller who took a touch and then rifled a slap shot just under the crossbar.
- BC is now 13-0-0 all-time against Merrimack with an 8-0-0 mark at Kelley Rink.
- Daryl Watts pushed her point streak to four games ... Caitrin Lonergan and Keller both bumped their respective streaks to three.
- This was the first overtime game in the series between BC and Merrimack.
- Keller has now registered at least one point in 15 of her 18 games played this season.
- Lonergan's short-handed goal was the fourth of her career, moving her into a tie for eighth all time in program history.
Merrimack: 10-6-2, 6-6-1 HEA
Boston College: 13-6-0, 10-4-0 HEA
The Eagles and Warriors will close out the regular season tomorrow with a 2 p.m. game at Lawler Rink.