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Boston College 5, Providence 2: Women's Hockey Handles Friars

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A hat trick from Alex Carpenter led the Eagles to a solid victory over PC.

via Graham Beck, BC Heights Sports

After the always-satisfying double pasting of UConn this weekend, the BC women headed down to Providence on Tuesday to wrap up the season series with the Friars. Despite a plucky effort by Providence, BC took care of business and knocked off PC 5-2.

BC led the game almost wire to wire with a strong start and an early goal from sophomore Alex Carpenter, but BC just couldn't keep Providence at bay for much of the day.

Four BC penalties seemed to keep the Friars in striking distance. A shorthanded goal by Emily Field was immediately answered by a power play goal from the Friars just seconds later in the second period to cut BC's lead to 2-1.

The teams would trade tallies again later in the period and the Eagles only held a 3-2 lead into the last intermission. Shots at the time were actually 22-20 in favor of PC -- a bit of a head-scratcher given BC's habit of viciously outshooting their opponents in every game.

Fortunately, the ship would be righted as BC put home two in the third period to put the game on ice. BC was outshooting PC 10-1 at one point in the frame... muchhhh better.

The story of the game was once against sophomore Alex Carpenter, who with a hat trick scored her 30th goal of the season (!) and 50th of her short career. She's looking like she will put up some seriously gaudy numbers during her BC career, and is on pace to shatter Kelli Stack's program-best 96 career goals.

Perhaps the best thing going for her is that the Eagles figure to be a very, very strong team in the coming years, with a ton of talent filling in the underclass ranks.

BC wraps up the regular season this Saturday and Sunday at Vermont before what is looking to be a literal coin flip with BU for the top seed in the Hockey East tournament.