On my way to work Friday I saw a bald eagle in the wild for the first time in years, soaring majestically up the cliffs of Castle Craig in Meriden, CT. That was the beginning of the end for Syracuse.
Superstition aside, this was one of the most thoroughly dominating efforts over a decent team that the BC women's hockey team has ever handed out. With 3 goals in the 1st, 4 goals in the 2nd, and 3 goals in the 3rd, the #3 ranked Eagles cruised to a 10-2 win over the Syracuse Orange.
BC got started with what BCI commenter wwyhte dubbed the 'We Intend To Score First' Line--Olympian Alex Carpenter, Olympic snub Hayley Skarupa, and Canadian U22 winger Kristyn Capizzano. That line didn't score first, but it scored often. Carpenter scored two goals in 18 seconds in the third period, Skarupa added a pair of her own, an Capizzano potted one in the 2nd period.
Much of the scoring came from BC's deep, talented blue line. Defenseman Lexi Bender had a hat trick before the game was half over, and she was somehow overshadowed by senior Emily Pfalzer, who posted a Gaudreaubian 1-5--6 line, was a +7 (!!), and was on the ice for all but one of BC's ten goals. Pfalzer ended the game with a goal ripped off the post and in with 5 seconds left to effectively ring the bell on BC's TKO of the Orange.
Syracuse is not a bad hockey team. They ended the 2014 season in 15th in the Pairwise and 14th in RPI. They only lost three of their top 10 scorers to graduation and none of their top three. They beat BC last year 4-1. They're not Maine. This was a dominating effort against a respectable opponent.
BC will look to continue their strong start on the road. The Eagles head up to St. Lawrence University next weekend for a pair of games against the Saints, who are 1-1-0 after a season-opening split against Clarkson, the defending national champions.