via Todd Huxley Smith
Late goals by Haley Skarupa and Emily Field sent the Eagle faithful home happy in a 4-3 (OT) thriller.
n one of the biggest games of the season, the Eagles overcame a late 3-2 deficit to stun the Cornell Big Red and win 4-3 in overtime.
In addition to being enormous for Pairwise purposes, the game played out as one of the absolute best of the season. At least to these watching eyes, the Big Red was the most talented team the Eagles have faced all season and those who showed up at Conte Forum or watched on BCEagles.com were treated to some incredibly high-quality hockey.
BC got on the board right off the bat just 15 seconds into the game on a goal by Melissa Bizzari. More importantly, the goal was assisted by sophomore Alex Carpenter, who tied Eagle legend Kelli Stack's record of 19 consecutive games recording a point.
Cornell tied the game late in the period on Victoria Pittens' second tally of the season and the teams went into the locker room tied at 1.
The 2nd period was a back & forth affair as Emily Fulton scored to give Cornell its first lead of the game at 2-1, followed by Haley Skarupa-califragilisticexpialidocious' Hockey East-leading 19th goal of the season to knot the score at two. Cornell was able to respond again with just 1:49 remaining in the frame on a goal by Monika Leck.
But the third period was when the party started. After 19:17 of scoreless, even hockey, Haley Skarupa potted her 20th goal of the season tipping in a slapshot courtesy of senior Blake Bolden, sending the Eagle faithful into a frenzy and tying the game at 3-3 with the extra attacker.
Overtime featured an absolutely brilliant individual effort by sophomore Emily Field. Field possessed the puck in neutral ice, skated toward the Cornell zone, delayed at the blue line, and skated laterally around one of two Big Red defenders between herself and the net. She then skated in using the remaining Cornell defender as a screen and absolutely SNIPED home a shot from the left faceoff circle over the shoulder of goaltender Lauren Slebodnick to complete the incredible comeback.
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The win extended the Eagles' program record winning streak to 12 games, part of a 17 game unbeaten streak dating back to October (!).
The Eagles have completed the first portion of an extraordinarily difficult streak of hockey completely unscathed, winning four consecutive games against ranked teams in #2 Clarkson, #11 St. Lawrence, #12 Northeastern, and #4 Cornell (with a 7-2 blowout against a horrible Vermont team thrown in for good measure).
The Eagles travel to #7 Mercyhurst next Friday and Saturday to wrap up the mid-season gauntlet. A sweep over the Lakers could be enough to lift the Eagles into #2 in the Pairwise rankings no matter what Harvard does by virtue of their more difficult ranking.