What's the perfect tonic for a team that dropped a tough tie to St. Lawrence last week? A trip up to the Whittemore Center to take on the struggling UNH Wildcats, of course. Four different Eagles tallied goals and Katie Burt recorded her first collegiate shut out as BC pulled out a solid 4-0 road victory.
First goal by goal breakdown of the year for the ladies. Time to go to work.
Goal #1 (GWG) -- 3:08 of the 1st period: Lexi Bender (Unassisted)
BC 1, UNH 0
Unlike last weekend at St. Lawrence where the Eagles went a long time before scoring their first goals, it only took a few minutes to light the lamp.
Let's talk about Lexi Bender for a minute. Bender is a defenseman with an absolutely lethal scorer's touch. Through 4 games she's tied with Alex Carpenter for the team lead in goals at a 4-1--5 scoring clip. The junior appears poised to have an elite-caliber breakout campaign after going 3-13--16 and 4-14--18 in her first two seasons.
This goal starts with a bad--half-assed, really--clear attempt by UNH, forced by Alex Carpenter. UNH doesn't see Carpenter coming from behind and the puck bloops right over to a streaking Bender. She races in from the blue line with a clear lane to the net and buries her chance for the early BC lead.
UNH had a strong start, but BC put them in a hole early.
Goal #2 -- 11:50 of the 1st period: Kenzie Kent (Haley Skarupa, Alex Carpenter)
BC 2, UNH 0
Welcome to the show, Kenzie Kent! The highly touted freshman gets her first goal of the season on what is really a product of great work by the whole line.
The primary assist goes to Skarupa who takes a center ice pass from Carpenter across the blue line. Skarupa shows off her speed and totally embarrasses the poor UNH defender who just had no chance.
Kent does her part by going hard to the net and keeping her stick down on the ice for the cross-ice feed. From there it's just a matter of poking home the point-blank shot around the goaltender, and it's 2-0 BC.
Gotta feel for senior UNH defenseman Caroline Broderick on this goal. She's #22, initially defending Kent on the rush, but when Skarupa blows past her D partner, she's left in a tough defenseive no-man's-land. Knowing that Skarupa is a world class talent (she was a bit of a snub for last year's Olympic roster), Broderick abandons her post on Kent and sells on on keeping Skarupa away from the net. This leaves Kent pretty much unmarked all the way in for the nice goal.
No scoring in the second period while BC continued to rack up the shots in what has been a bit of a frustrating trend the last couple years. Lots of shots but not a lot of finishes. But the Eagles did a much better job of creating chances tonight instead of just shooting, and it was only a matter of time before BC would really put the game away.
Goal #3 (PPG) -- 9:10 of the 3rd period: Alex Carpenter (Lexi Bender, Andie Anastos)
BC 3, UNH 0
Carpenter is going to get the love on this goal with the laser beam of a one-timer, but have a look at the primary assist. Bender goes full Johnny Gaudreau on UNH:
How does she even? Bit of a wide pass to Bender who is playing down low on the power play--no big. She takes one touch to settle the puck before dishing some ridiculous no-look backhand sauce over the blue of the crease onto the stick of a waiting Alex Carpenter.
A thousand apologies to Haley McLean, who scored BC's fourth goal--I couldn't GIF it as the full game archive wasn't available and it wasn't in UNH's highlight video. Here is the full youtube video, by the way:
And now, onward to what could be one of the most important weekends of the entire season for BC, taking on 5th ranked Cornell in a pair at Conte Forum. The Big Red haven't taken the ice yet this season (the Ivy teams start the season a few weeks late) so BC will look to pounce and take advantage. At 3-0-1 BC sits at 3rd in the early pairwise, and these two games will be critical.