Last weekend, the Eagles needed three overtimes in two games to claim the Hockey East championship.
BC just wanted to get all of the drama out early.
The NCAA quarterfinals were all Eagles, all the time. BC took a 1-0 lead in the first period before completely blowing the doors off St. Lawrence with 4 goals in the 2nd period. In the end, Boston College won all three periods and claimed a 6-0 victory, sending them to their 6th Frozen Four in 7 years.
Boston College Goal #1 (PPG, GWG): 18:36 of the 1st period
Kenzie Kent (Makenna Newkirk, Kali Flanagan)
BC 1, SLU 0
The opening period was a thriller, with the two teams trading chances and both goaltenders showing off some impressive saves. It took a BC power play to break the ice.
BC’s power play took a little bit to get going, but with just second left, the Eagles broke in on the attack. Kenzie Kent was unmarked in the slot, and Newkirk put the pass right on the tape.
Kent took just the slightest amount of time to take a look at where to shoot, and fired a laser above the shoulder blocker side to put BC up 1-0.
Boston College Goal #2: 1:51 of the 2nd period
Kristyn Capizzano (Caitrin Lonergan, Delaney Belinskas)
BC 2, SLU 0
The first period was excellent, back and forth hockey, but the second period saw BC take complete and total control of the game.
Goal number two comes on a heads up play from Kristyn Capizzano. St. Lawrence’s Grace Harrison was just unable to get the glove over the puck after Capizzano’s backhand.
Capizzano followed up on her own rebound after the puck trickled tantalizingly onto the edge of the paint, and cleaned up the garbage for the second BC goal.
Boston College Goal #3 (SHG): 5:56 of the 2nd period
Andie Anastos (Kenzie Kent, Kali Flanagan)
BC 3, SLU 0
The Eagles had plenty of odd-man rushes against the Saints, and Andie Anastos was the beneficiary for goal #3. She and Kenzie Kent come in on a two on one (which is more of a breakaway with St. Lawrence’s Kirsten Padalis pretty much out of gas chasing down Anastos).
Andie delays with a little toe drag, and the puck finds its way through.
Boston College Goal #4 (SHG): 14:54 of the 2nd period
Haley McLean (Ryan Little)
BC 4, SLU 0
This is the goal that really breaks St. Lawrence’s back. The Eagles intercept a Saints breakout pass, and Ryan Little popped the puck right over to McLean, who was on the forecheck.
McLean just throws the puck on net to burn more time on the penalty kill, and it just knuckles its way past Harrison.
This really marked the point at which the game was over.
Boston College Goal #5: 19:58.2 of the 2nd period
Megan Keller (Haley McLean)
BC 5, SLU 0
The Eagles kept fighting, and St. Lawrence didn’t. That was the biggest reason the game got out of hand.
With just 1.8 seconds left in the 2nd period, the Eagles kept up a flurry on net until the buzzer and were rewarded with the game’s 5th goal. McLean, who somehow was way behind the defense in the first place before the puck bounced off her stick, threw the puck back at new SLU goaltender Sonjia Shelly. The rebound came out to Keller, who popped the puck over the right pad just before the buzzer sounded on the 2nd period.
Boston College Goal #6 (TD): 9:49 of the 3rd period
Makenn Newkirk (Kenzie Kent, Andie Anastos)
BC 6, SLU 0 — FINAL
After a couple greasy goals, the Eagles did finish up the scoring with a nice one.
Kenzie Kent and Makenna Newkirk skated across the blue line on, really, a 2 on 3, but Newkirk is able to slip in behind the defense. Kent dishes over a perfect pass to Newkirk, and all she needs to do it tip the puck home.
That’s the touchdown for the Eagles, and after a ten minute victory lap, BC was finally able to celebrate their berth in the Frozen Four!
As expected, the Eagles will play #1 ranked Wisconsin in the semifinals after the Badgers throttled Robert Morris in their quarterfinal. BC vs. Wisconsin is at 6pm ET on Friday, March 17th, in St. Charles, MO.
Two more wins to a national title!