It was probably a little too much to ask to have a perfect weekend, and unfortunately the Wisconsin Badgers showed why they are the number one team in women's hockey by taking care of business against #4 Boston College, 6-2.
Fortunately, the night wasn't all lost. Despite falling into an early hole, the #1 BC men never really had to worry as they took care of Providence, 4-2.
The BC women started their night off on the right foot by taking a quick 1-0 lead just a minute into the first period. Unless I'm mistaken, it was the first lead BC has ever had against the Badgers. Boston College even carried play for a pretty good chunk of the beginning of the game, helped out by a couple power plays.
Unfortunately, once Wisconsin scored to take the lead, it was all downhill from there. Senior Carolyne Prévost took advantage of a BC turnover while on the power play to pot the goal that would put Wisconsin up for good.
BC never played the same after that goal, but credit needs to be given to Wisconsin who played, really, their most complete game in some time. A late power play goal for Alex Carpenter in garbage time made it 5-2, but it didn't matter in the end. When the dust settled, Wisconsin won 6-2 and will play the winner or tonight's Cornell vs. Minnesota game.
Meanwhile, in Boston, the men were taking a nice evening stroll through the Providence Friars. Steven Whitney played an incredible game and had, no joke, about four Grade-A scoring chances. Just seconds into the game, he had a breakaway but missed the net, then a wraparound that hit the near post, stayed under Beaudry's pads, and rode the goal line but never went in. He would be heard from later, though.
Paul Carey opened up the scoring just a minute or so later to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. BC was buzzing... but all of a sudden, Providence scored two quick goals to take a lead. Wait, what? But it's funny, playing games against Providence. Even losing, they're more an annoying gnat than anything really threatening. Destry Straight took care of the little problem of us being behind by putting home a beautiful feed from Kevin Hayed to knot the game up at 2. That's how it would stay going into the locker room.
Johnny Gaudreau was doing his thing and pretending he wasn't a freshman. He has incredible puckhandling skills; it seems like nothing will make him lose possession. He was rewarded early in the second period with the go-ahead goal. Steven Whitney finally showed up on the scoresheet in the third period for the insurance goal.
And that was that. Another ho-hum win for Boston College for our 14th in a row (the longest winning streak in the Jerry York era) and a trip to the Hockey East Championship game. We didn't play perfect, but we played well enough to beat a bad team. There's a lot to critique -- complacency against these poor teams, not tightening up the defense as well as we can -- but, what are you going to do? 14-0-0 since January. We're some of the most spoiled fans in sports.
BC takes on the winner of BU vs. Maine in the Hockey East Championship tomorrow night at 8:00pm.