BOSTON – Senior defenseman Toni Ann Miano scored a career-high four goals — including the game-winning strike in overtime — as the No. 2 Boston College women's hockey team claimed a 5-4 overtime win on the road against Northeastern at Matthews Arena on Saturday.
Miano's four goals leapfrogged her into first place on the BC career list for defenseman goals with 30, Miano pushed past the 29 posted by Genevieve Missirlian ('99) in her four-year career.
The win was especially emotional for the Eagles as Joe King — father of head coach Katie Crowley and one of the team's biggest and most visible fans — passed away suddenly on Friday night. Crowley coached the Eagles on Saturday.
Miano staked Boston College (19-2-3, 13-1-3 HEA) to an early 2-0 lead with goals at :09 and 6:48 of the first, but Northeastern started to chip away at BC's lead. Shelby Herrington was credited with the first of her two goals on the day at 12:32 when a shot kicked in off her skate, pulling Northeastern (12-10-2, 8-7-1 HEA) within a goal at 2-1. Miano stretched the Eagles' lead back to two at 13:23 and BC took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Former Eagle Tori Sullivan scored at 1:17 of the second to again put Northeastern back within one, and the Huskies thought they had tied it up at 4:06, but after review the goal was disallowed. However, they did end up pulling even at 4:54 through Herrington's second of the day before Kasidy Anderson completed the comeback at 16:43 with her tally, putting the Huskies up 4-3 after two.
BC came out for the third trailing for just the third time this season, and Daryl Watts netted her nation-leading 30th of the season at 1:12 to pull BC even and eventually forced overtime after the Eagles killed off 1:33 of a 5-on-3 power play with under four minutes remaining.
In the added session and skating 4-on-4 because of successive penalties in the waning seconds of the third, Miano capped the win with a slow shot in traffic that beat Aerin Frankel for the win. It was the only shot by either team in the added frame.
Katie Burt made 29 saves for the Eagles, while Frankel stopped 22 shots in relief of starter Brittany Bugalski, who made four saves on seven shots in the first 13:23 of the game.
Boston College returns to the ice on Tuesday, Jan. 16, when the Eagles take a break from Hockey East play to face Harvard in a non-conference game. Faceoff at Kelley Rink is set for 7 p.m. ET.