Last week, BC played its toughest opponent yet at home against then-5th ranked Northeastern. The Huskies played well, taking an early lead and staying within 1 goal of BC until a late empty netter sealed the deal. So well, in fact, that the pollsters moved the Huskies up to 4th despite the loss.
Since then, it's been a downward spiral for Northeastern. The Huskies were shut out against Harvard on Tuesday, and Saturday afternoon, despite outshooting the Eagles, Northeastern was picked apart and blown out at home by BC, 6-1.
Boston College Goal #1: 5:05 of the 1st period
Kali Flanagan (Andie Anastos)
BC 1, NU 0
Northeastern's top goalie Brittany Bugalski was out for the game with an illness, giving Sarah Foss the start for the Huskies. Foss is talented, but Bugalski is a big part of Northeastern's future and is the clear #1 despite being a freshman.
Foss came in cold and it showed on BC's first goal. It's a big blast from Flanagan, but it's from distance and from an angle. You'd like to think that Foss would have a better chance at this shot, but to be fair to her, the shot was into a big ball of traffic.
Nonetheless, it gets BC off to a good start.
Boston College Goal (GWG): 5:45 of the 1st period
Kenzie Kent (Megan Keller, Alex Carpenter)
BC 2, NU 0
Just 40 seconds later, it's the exact same play from the opposite of the ice. You get a much better look at the traffic from this angle, and there is a line of white shirts in front of Foss. She does appear to get a look at it, but it doesn't make it all the way through. Kenzie Kent is all alone in front to find the rebound, and she's got a lot of net to shoot at.
Boston College Goal #3: 9:15 of the 2nd period
Dana Trivigno (Lexi Bender, Toni Ann Miano)
BC 3, NU 0
It's kind of funny that all these goals are coming from distance for BC, because it's not like they were lacking in chances in front of the net. But you can't argue with success.
BC is very, very good at getting deflections, and with no shortage of big time shooters from the blue line, it's clear that this was part of the plan against Northeastern.
Three shots from the blue line, three different ways to score. Trivigno gets the stick on it this time, and there's no rebound -- it's in the net. Nothing the goalie can do on this one.
Boston College Goal #4: 10:53 of the 2nd period
Kenzie Kent (Haley Skarupa, Alex Carpenter)
BC 4, NU 0
This is more the kind of play you expect to see from BC.
Skarupa doesn't get as much on the shot as she probably would have liked after receiving the pass from Carpenter, and Foss stays with it to keep the puck out. But Kenzie Kent is on the back door waiting for the rebound.
Much better creativity from the Eagles on this play.
Boston College Goal #5: 12:09 of the 2nd period
Andie Anastos (Toni Ann Miano, Meghan Grieves)
BC 5, NU 0
This was the end of the night for Foss. This is a crazy angle, but yet another deflection in front gets the puck past her. Blink and you'd miss it, but suddenly it's 5-0 for BC seemingly out of nowhere.
It looked a lot worse for Foss than it really was, I think, because of where the shots came from on these goals. But there's not much you can do on a hard deflection. Nonetheless, Brianna Storms took over from here.
Northeastern Goal #1 (PPG): 0:43 of the 3rd period
Paige Savage (Kendall Coyne, Denisa Křížová)
BC 5, NU 1
The game got really chippy in the second half, with both teams sending a parade to the penalty box. Northeastern's only goal of the game came on the power play, which is concerning given that the PK, an early season strength for BC, has struggled over the last several games.
The Huskies give BC a taste of its own medicine with a shot from distance deflected in front. Kendall Coyne takes the initial shot that leads to the goal, but the Eagles did a very, very good job containing her from the drop of the puck. Megan Keller in particular was all over Coyne, and she just couldn't get anything going against the BC defense.
Boston College Goal #6 (PPG):
Too easy. BC gets a power play goal to end on a high note thanks to a late 5 on 3, and the executed it well. One pass over to Bender to open up a little more space, back to Carpenter who skates in, and a well placed shot for the touchdown.
The road ahead softens for BC heading into the break. Three games are left in 2015 with a pair against Maine coming up next weekend in Orono. After a game the following Thursday in Syracuse, BC will have a month off with the last regular season matchup against BU to follow on January 9th.