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BC Interruption Hall Of Fame Class of 2020: BCI Inducts Molly Schaus

The goaltender that put BC Women’s Hockey on the map

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We move on to the second inductee to the 2020 BC Interruption Hall of Fame class with what was, until now, by far the most glaring Hall of Fame omission from one of Boston College’s most successful programs. We are proud to induct Boston College Women’s Hockey goaltender Molly Schaus into the BC Interruption Hall of Fame!

Natick’s Molly Schaus came to Boston College as a freshman for the 2006-2007 season at a time when BC Women’s Hockey was barely on the national radar. The ‘05-’06 season the year before was the team’s first season with a winning record since ‘94-’95, and the program had never made the national tournament.

Kelli Stack and Allie Thunstrom get much of the credit for lifting up the program as freshmen in that ‘06-’07 season, but there’s a pretty good argument that Molly Schaus was the most important piece of that entire freshman class — and by extension, in the history of the program. The Eagles could score, sure, but much of their scoring came in transition thanks to their speedy forwards. The Eagles were outshot by top teams pretty often that year, but having an all-world goaltender between the pipes allowed BC to have the confidence to use that speed and score those goals in the first place.

Schaus came up big in the biggest games, and her biggest moments came early and set the tone for the rest of her career. In the Beanpot semifinals of her freshman year, the Eagles pulled off what was to that point the biggest win in program history, knocking off #6 Harvard 4-3 in triple overtime. The Crimson put up a ridiculous 76 shots, but Schaus still backstopped the Eagles to the win.

Just a month later, the Eagles somehow topped that with a new biggest win in program history, a 3-2 heart-stopper in double overtime over #3 Dartmouth to send BC to their first-ever Frozen Four. The Eagles were outshot 47-31, with Schaus once again getting the win.

With Molly Schaus in net, the Eagles made it to the national tournament in three of her four years with the team, including two Frozen Fours — none of which had ever happened for the program, ever. From then on, Boston College became a top choice for elite high school players to come to play women’s hockey, and the program has been one of the top in the nation ever since. None of that would have been possible without Schaus, putting her on, and possibly at the very top of, the list of most important players to play for the Eagles.

Schaus was a two-time All-American, and is the program’s all-time saves leader with 3,428, a mark that will almost certainly never be topped now that BC is a top-tier program. She’s second in the BC record book in save percentage (.934), goals against average (1.81), and in shutouts (21), all to Katie Burt — another BCI Hall of Fame Member, and one who would certainly say that her career was built on the back of the first great BC goaltender that came before her.

And oh yeah, Molly Schaus was also a two time IIHF world champion, a two time Olympic silver medalist, and a two time Patty Kazmaier Finalist. Her jersey was retired at Boston College in 2019.

Congratulations to Molly Schaus on being named to the BCI Hall of Fame, where she’ll join fellow BC Women’s Hockey players Alex Carpenter, Kelli Stack, and Katie Burt as Hall of Famers!