Lindsay Agnew snapped a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle just inside the near post to lead the sixth-ranked Boston College women's hockey team to a 2-1 overtime win over 10th-ranked St. Lawrence University on Thursday night at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
The goal — which came one minute, 21 seconds into the overtime period — spoiled an outstanding performance by senior goaltender Grace Harrison, who made a season-high 32 saves in the loss. Charlea Pedersen scored five minutes into the second period to lead the Saints' offense.
"What a fantastic effort by our team," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "We played our hearts out tonight and even though they got the last bounce we got much better as a team tonight. We had two great chances late in the third and a glorious one right before they scored. We played at a pace we haven't played at all year. BC earned the win, and we will have to bring the same effort tomorrow."
Harrison made 13 saves in the first period, including a left pad save on Caitrin Lonergan on a breakaway with less than two minutes to play in the period. She once again kept the game scoreless with a glove save on Cayla Barnes from the deep slot early in the second period.
Pedersen gave the Saints a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second period picking up a loose puck just inside the Boston College blue line and skating in alone on Maddy McArthur and beating the BC goaltender five-hole for her first goal of the season. Junior transfer Steph Keryluk picked up an assist for her first point in a St. Lawrence uniform.
Lonergan tied the game 10 minutes later, beating Harrison with a shot through a St. Lawrence defender's legs after executing a textbook toe-drag to create an opening.
While the Saints were outshot 34-18 in the game, it was St. Lawrence that had the better scoring opportunities in the third period. With eight minutes remaining in regulation, Nadine Edney made a great move skating in 1-on-1 with a defender but her backhand shot went just wide of the cage. One minute later, Justine Reyes displayed some superb stickhandling skills to get around a defender to get a shot on net, but McArthur was able to make the save.
The Saints almost put the game away 30 seconds into the overtime period. Reyes created a turnover on the forecheck and passed the puck across the crease to Kayla Nielsen, but McArthur slid across the mouth of the net to stymy Nielsen.
McArthur made 17 saves in the win for BC.
In addition to the stellar performance by Harrison, St. Lawrence's skaters also helped contribute to the defensive effort, blocking 21 shots and holding the Eagles scoreless on two power play opportunities. St. Lawrence's power play was 0-for-3.
The game marked the fourth consecutive overtime game for the Saints — extending a program record.
The two teams will face off again on Friday at 2 p.m.