“It was an ugly win,” head coach Katie Crowley said kindly after her BC women's hockey team defeated St. Lawrence University 7-4.
Crowley clearly has high expectations for her players, which is likely one of the many reasons the Lady Eagles are off to such a hot start this season. Ranked No. 2 in the nation and with a 3-0 record, the Lady Eagles, so far, are living up to the country’s and their own high expectations.
Crowley added, “I think we have to kind of clean things up a little bit, we’re making some mistakes…I think we need to kind of step it back and relax a little bit and kind of chill out.” The Lady Eagles certainly had an impressive showing on Sunday, but they will undoubtedly strive for nothing but the best, especially with a strong leader like Crowley there to constantly push and guide them.
Another important leader for the women’s hockey team was senior captain Alex Carpenter, who was integral in Sunday’s win over St. Lawrence. Carpenter helped the Lady Eagles extend their winning streak to four games, preserving their undefeated status; with her two assists in the first period, one goal in the second period, and two more assists in the third period, she was directly involved with five of the seven goals BC put on the board.
Her second period goal, assisted by senior Lexi Bender, was nicely pushed underneath and past St. Lawrence’s goalie Sonjia Shelly just seventeen seconds into the period. Carpenter has scored in every game so far this season, clearly solidifying her role as a team leader. Her teammates will surely be looking toward her all season for her consistent performance and strong leadership on the ice.
St. Lawrence had a tough time staying out of the penalty box, which ended up being a strong determinate for Sunday’s game. Eight of the nine penalties called in the matchup were against St. Lawrence. Of the six goals scored on St. Lawrence's Sonjia Shelly–the seventh BC goal was scored on SLU’s open net–three of them were scored during power plays.
St. Lawrence only had one power play opportunity, but BC was able to kill it without letting its opponent capitalize, thanks largely to BC sophomore goalie Katie Burt, who had four impressive saves in succession to finish the power play kill for her team during the second period.
These four straight saves in succession were definitely one of the highlights of the game; Burt stepped up when her teammates needed her to and she did not allow St. Lawrence to put one in the net when they had the advantage to do so with the power play. Another notable play of the game came at the end of the second period; senior assistant captain Haley Skarupa neatly placed an impressive backhand shot past the right skate of goalie Sonjia Shelly to put the Lady Eagles up 4-2 at the end of the period.
It’s definitely worth noting that St. Lawrence never gave up during this game; an unranked team with no wins is going to enter a matchup with an undefeated, No. 2 ranked team either discouraged or hungry, and St. Lawrence belonged to the latter faction. The team answered the dominant Lady Eagles with a couple of goals in the second period and two more in the third period, but it just was not enough.
St. Lawrence spent eight times more minutes in the penalty box and was outshot 45 to 24, which is nearly a 2:1 ratio. With statistics like, that it was clearly difficult to compete with a team as sound as the BC women's hockey team. The team that has more players on the ice and takes more shots is likely going to come out on top.
Katie Crowley complimented the St. Lawrence team after the game: “They’re feisty, and they never quit.” St Lawrence should be applauded for at least putting up some fight against the dominant Lady Eagles. Hats off to Carpenter, Burt and their other highly skilled teammates; they will surely continue to excite us for the rest of the season.
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