The #2 ranked Boston College women's hockey team appears to have gotten themselves into a bit of a nasty habit of getting off to slow starts. It's not unlike last year, when comeback wins became their specialty. But after another rough start today which saw them fall behind 1-0 just 1:06 into the game, and 2-1 early in the second period, the Eagles flipped the switch and became dominant.
How dominant? After BC and Dartmouth traded the first eight shots for a 4-4 margin, BC outshot Dartmouth 16-2 over the next 30 minutes or so to make the margin 18-6 about halfway through the third period. And more importantly, BC scored six unanswered goals to roar past Dartmouth and win 7-2.
It was a day of balanced scoring for the Eagles, much like it was for the men's team on Friday night. Emily Field scored a pair of goals, but nobody else had more than one, with Haley Skarupa, Andie Anastos, KAte LEary, Taylor Wasylk and Kristyn Capizzano finding the net.
Dartmouth's goal early in the first period was the only goal of that frame. Haley Skarupa evened the score just 1:20 into the second period with another highlight reel goal, wrapping around the net and scoring on a tough angle to make it 1-1. It was tough to see exactly what happened on BCEagles.com's :low-def" feed, but it looked like it banked off a Dartmouth player in front of the net. Either way, it was another goal created almost entirely by Skarupa's speed.
It took just 90 seconds for Dartmouth to take the lead back on a Lindey Allen goal, but the floodgates were about to open for BC. Apizzano started the parade at 7:51 to tie the game. Then, BC scored four goals in 6:08 to put the game well out of reach.
Andie Anastos put a bow on it in the third period with a sweet dangle and snipe to give BC the final 7-2 margin.
Overall, this was a pretty great weekend of hockey at Conte Forum. Between the men and the women, the Eagles combined to outscore opponents 20-7.
The Eagles now finally get some time off before heading to Syracuse on Friday night in the next installment of the #OrangeEagle trophy. It will be interesting to see where BC is ranked this week; this blowout win over a good Dartmouth team should help preserve a high ranking despite the Eagles' midweek loss to UNH.