Heading into Saturday’s matchup vs. Maine, the #5 Boston College Eagles were 3-1-1 with their only blemishes coming against the high-powered #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. With #3 Quinnipiac having trouble with unranked Mercyhurst, the Eagles lost to the Black Bears 3-2, dropping the ball on an opportunity to finish Maine and make some ballots consider a swap with Quinnipiac. However, with #6 Colgate, #8 Saint Lawrence, and #10 Princeton inactive, #7 Clarkson understandably out of luck against Wisconsin, and #9 Bemidji State earning mixed results vs. Ohio State, the Eagles are likely safe against a major fall in the rankings. This won’t make anyone at BC feel any better, however, considering what was at stake and lost in this recent defeat:
- 52-game undefeated streak against Hockey East teams dating back to February 2014.
- 27-game winning streak in league play dating back to October 2015.
- 19-game winning streak against Maine.
Despite youth injecting the team with offense recently, namely freshmen Caitrin Lonergan (4G) and Delaney Belinskas (5G), head coach Katie Crowley has some reservations about the team’s application of effort and doubt about their overall experience level. “I still think our team is a little young and we need to realize how hard we need to go for three full periods," Crowley said.
BC gets a chance to move past this loss quickly next weekend with a matchup against a vulnerable Quinnipiac team that should be questioning why they only scored three goals against unranked Mercyhurst.
Note: All rankings listed are from SB Nation’s Week 3 D1 Poll.