You can check off another box on that Redemption Tour.
BC Women's Hockey exorcised another demon on Sunday afternoon. With Boston University playing their way into the Hockey East championship game looking for their 5th consecutive title, the Eagles took immediate control and never once let the Terriers feel like they had a chance. BC took the lead early in a blistering first period and never looked back on their way to a comprehensive 5-0 beatdown of the Terriers.
They left no doubt.
Boston College Goal #1 (PPG, GWG): 4:12 of the 1st period
Haley Skarupa (Alex Carpenter, Makenna Newkirk)
BC 1, BU 0
BC came to play from the drop of the puck, and the top line showed up in a big way on the score sheet. Alex Carpenter in particular, who was awarded tournament MVP, played one of her best games of the season.
The Terriers couldn't win a single battle in the first period. A Terrier tries to force Carpenter off the puck, and it was a mistake. Carpenter spins along the boards out of trouble and goes in on net. Erin O'Neil is thinking shot, and so are the rest of the Terriers apparently because all four Terriers on the ice are watching Carpenter, leaving Skarupa along to slip behind the defense.
O'Neill almost stops the one timer, but it trickles through her for the goal.
Boston College Goal #2: 5:40 of the 1st period
Alex Carpenter (Haley Skarupa, Kenzie Kent)
BC 2, BU 0
More top line magic just a minute and a half later.
It's more crisp passing from BC on this goal. Lexi Bender pushes the play forward from the blue line and the Terriers just aren't ready. One touch from Kent sends Skarupa and Carpenter in with speed, and Skarupa just needs to center it to Carpenter who ends up in the high slot.
Unlike the 1st goal, the Terriers don't pressure Carpenter. They merely allow her the time and space to make a sandwich in a high percentage scoring area.
Carpenter lowers the boom, and it's 2-0.
Unofficial shots in the first period:
First period was fine pic.twitter.com/jTSfyTgQaA— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) March 6, 2016
Boston College Goal #3: 0:16 of the 2nd period
Alex Carpenter (Haley Skarupa, Kenzie Kent)
BC 3, BU 0
The hits just keep on coming. Just 16 seconds into the 2nd, the relentless BC attack is on display once again.
Carpenter takes a shot on O'Neil, and at first glance live it looked like the puck harmlessly trickled behind the net before Carpenter banked it in. But that's not at all what happened.
O'Neil does get the save, but Carpenter actually backhands the rebound in one motion clean past O'Neil. Much better than a bank shot, and now BC can start to feel it.
Boston College Goal #4: 2:46 of the 3rd period
Kenzie Kent (Haley Skarupa, Megan Keller)
BC 4, NU 0
It's hard to explain just how much BC was at the peak of their game on Sunday. They fought hard along the boards, and they were on the money with their passing. That's quite a combination.
Some great triangles here from BC put Skarupa right where she wants to be half the offensive zone to skate through for an uncontested shot. O'Neil makes the save, but Kent is ready and waiting out front for the rebound.
That one was a beauty.
Boston College Goal #5: 3:49 of the 3rd period
Kristyn Capizzano (Megan Keller, Andie Anastos)
BC 5, BU 0 -- FINAL
Finally, into the third period, we get something resembling good defense out of BU. Too bad BC still scores.
Keller is kept to the outside pretty well as she skates the puck in, and the other Terriers are directing traffic and picking up their defensive responsibility. But when Keller throws the puck on net, the puck goes past O'Neil right to where Capizzano ends up.
Capizzano banks the puck in off O'Neil's leg for the goal, and from this point on, BC was really able to exhale. The fourth line got a lot of playing time, and it was pretty much a party the rest of the way.
At long last, BC has finally won the Hockey East championship after 4 long years of watching the scarlet and white bring it back to their end of Comm Ave.
BC was already locked into the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but the win did give them the autobid rather than needing an at-large. The tournament selection was, uh, surprising, and the Eagles will face Northeastern in the quarterfinals.
We'll have all your NCAA Tournament coverage right here as BC moves on and goes for their first national title and a shot at a perfect season.