Another weekend brought another pair of dominating efforts out of the #1 ranked women's hockey team.
Both games were carbon-copies of each other, with BC playing a sloppy first period but tightening up and dominating the rest of the game. "Sloppy" is, of course, relative, given that the Eagles outshot the Huskies a combined 30-11 in the first periods of the two games, but BC wasn't able to set up on the offensive zone as quickly or as frequently as would be expected given their strength at getting out of their own end and the speed at which they are capable of skating through the neutral zone.
It was almost as though they were bored.
BC found its groove in both games, though, and played much better in the 2nd and 3rd periods. They did so with their typical balanced scoring. The superstars got theirs with Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa putting together identical 3-1--4 weekends, but just about everyone else was in on the fun as well—15 of the 18 skaters who dressed for the Eagles (that includes the defensemen) came away with at least one point on a weekend where they scored 12 goals.
That's silly, but that's been BC's M.O. all season. After 14 games, everyone on the top 3 lines (and two of the defensemen) has at least 11 points.
Unfortunately, BC's strength of schedule hasn't been great to start the season, with just two games against no-longer-a-TUC Cornell and barely-a-TUC Vermont and St. Lawrence as BC's early 'signature' opponents. Things do get a little tougher, though, with 9 of the next 10 games coming against potential TUCs (teams under consideration in the Pairwise).
Next up for BC is Yale on Tuesday, followed by a Harvard team on Friday afternoon that was ranked preseason #4 in the polls before a tough start to their season. The next couple months will give BC a chance to make a statement against better competition.