CHESTNUT HILL — Katie Burt made the “Faces in the Crowd” page in this week’s Sports Illustrated. Then, the Lynner who got her start as a seventh-grader playing for the Lynn/Winthrop hockey collaborative, went out and put on a memorable performance in net for Boston College.
Unfortunately for Burt and the Eagles, her 39 saves weren’t enough to beat Ohio State. The Buckeyes hung a 2-0 defeat on the Eagles, depriving Burt of one final chance to win the national championship that eluded her all four years she played at The Heights.
With the win, the Buckeyes advanced to their first-ever Frozen Four next weekend in Minneapolis.
Boston College’s senior class – Burt, Kenzie Kent, Toni Ann Miano and Gabri Switaj – finished their careers as the winningest class in program history, claiming a 132-14-10 overall record in four years and besting the Class of 2017 (130 wins). The Class of 2018 also had a program best .873 winning percentage, edging past last year’s seniors’ mark of .854.
Burt finished her career with the NCAA career victories record (121) and ranked fourth in career shutouts (35). She ended up with a .869 save percentage, which will rank in the Top 5 all-time in NCAA history.
Additionally, her 3,180 saves are 12th most in NCAA history, while her 1.47 career goals-against average will rank in the top 10 all-time in NCAA play and her .937 save percentage will be in the top 15 career marks.
Burt holds the BC career records for wins, save percentage, goals against average and shutouts, and will finish second in saves.
After a scoreless first period, Ohio State (24-10-4) took a 1-0 lead from Lauren Boyle’s power-play goal at 10:12 of the second. After being out-shot 32-15 in the first two periods, Boston College (30-5-3) powered back with a 23-9 shot advantage in the third period. However, despite the pressure, the Buckeyes extended the lead to 2-0 on Maddy Field’s goal with under 5:00 to play after Juliann Iafallo blocked a shot in the Buckeyes’ end and sprung a 3-on-2 back into BC’s end.
While keeping Ohio State pinned in its own half for much of the period, BC couldn’t crack OSU goaltender and 2017 All-American Kassidy Sauve, who made 38 saves for the shutout
It was the first time BC was shut out this season, and the first time since No. 1 Wisconsin earned a 1-0 victory in the 2017 national semifinal.