The Eagles sealed their 33rd straight win this season with a 7-1 trump over Providence College on Friday. With a win tomorrow at Providence, Boston College, now 33-0-0, will achieve what no other team has done in Hockey East history, to post a perfect record---unbeaten and untied---in league play.
BC’s performance Friday afternoon proved that they may well go unrivaled to finish their regular season Saturday in Rhode Island.
BC ruled Kelley rink from the puck drop, spending most of the first period spent in the Friars defensive end. However, Providence goalie Sarah Bryant made an overwhelming 22 saves in the first period, keeping the Eagles' offense at bay with just a 2-1 lead at the end of the first.
The Eagles pressure on the goal was finally rewarded in the second period when they posted four to go up 6-1. Megan Keller had a strong performance, finishing with a game-high three assists, while Toni Ann Miano and Dana Trivigno recorded two goals a-piece.
The Eagles outshot the Friars 55 to 15. Providence goalies, Bryant and Allie Morse, combined for a total 48 saves, halting nearly every shot the Eagles served up, from one-on-one breakaways to 20-foot bullets taken from all angles.
Nonetheless, exceptional goaltending wasn’t enough for the Friars to compete. The supremacy of women’s hockey’s first ranked team shone through each and every play in their puck movement, communication, and four goals that included three-player passing combinations.
Friday served as a bittersweet game at Conte Forum for the Eagles as it was senior night for the winningest class in BC women's hockey history. “The seniors have been a great leadership group and they have been tremendous to our program and it’s great for the younger players to be able to look up to them and see to handle themselves in situations and emulate that,” said head coach Katie Crowley.
BC will lose six seniors after this season. Most notable are forwards Alex Carpenter, who holds the national scoring lead, and Haley Skarupa, right behind her in 3rd.
Heading into tomorrow’s game with an undefeated, untied record, Crowley could not help but acknowledge the accomplishments by her team this season, stating “that a record like this without a blemish on it is pretty amazing.”
A win tomorrow at Providence would polish off an absolutely perfect regular season, and send the Eagles into the postseason with the momentum they need to come back champions in the Hockey East and NCAA tournaments. After today’s win, the Eagles look poised to take on the next challenge.
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