It was a chippy game, and it wasn't the sharpest game BC has played all year, but it was a solid win against a good opponent. The Eagles jumped ahead to a 2-0 lead in the first period and cruised from there to a nice 5-0 win against Boston University.
Rivalry games can be tricky, but BC had the game in hand every step of the way in this one.
Boston College Goal #1 (PPG, GWG): 12:36 of the 1st period
Alex Carpenter (Megan Keller, Emily Pfalzer)
BC 1, BU 0
BC got on the board with this power play goal courtesy of a blast from the faceoff circle by Keller and a nice tip in front of the net from Carpenter.
BC's power play has been struggling somewhat, and as good as their offense has been, it hasn't been much of a weapon all season. BC is a disappointing 14th in the country in power play percentage over the course of the year and just 24th in the country in the 2nd half.
It really makes you realize just how good they are 5 on 5 that they have such a prolific offense with such a disappointing power play. They get the goal here thanks to the long shot and tip, but you'd really like to see more movement and creativity to create chances.
Boston College Goal #2: 18:12 of the 1st period
Toni Ann Miano (Kenzie Kent, Haley Skarupa)
BC 2, BU 0
By "movement" and "chances," this is exactly the kind of goal I'm talking about. Why can't BC play more like this when BU is missing a player?
BU is expecting the shot from Kent, and she gets all 4 Terriers below her in the offensive zone to bite toward the goal. Miano skates into the space that's created and has an absolutely top scoring opportunity. She's in the slot with space, rather than at the faceoff dot like the first goal, and you won't need to get a tip to get these through a good chunk of the time.
Boston College Goal #3: 17:17 of the 2nd period
Andie Anastos (Emily Field, Kaliya Johnson)
BC 3, BU 0
If there's one thing about this BC team that is different from in the past, it's that this is a team of elite, international quality shooters. The goal scorer here is Anastos—who had a brilliant game—and this is a shot that would beat most goalies on their best night.
The key to the goal, though, is that BU allows her the room to skate toward the net. Teams that have been successful against BC have clogged up that space and attached the skater, but the Terriers are caught by surprise and the one player in scarlet who can even make the decision to attack the puck carrier is caught between defending her and defending Sullivan going hard to the net.
Anastos puts a hole in the net with the shot and it's 3-0.
Boston College Goal #4 (SHG, ENG!): 19:49 of the 2nd period
Haley Skarupa (Alex Carpenter)
BC 4, BU 0
Yes, that's an empty net goal in the 2nd period thanks to some real desperation on the part of the Terriers. With about a minute left in the middle frame and BC taking a penalty, they opt to go all-out and try and get one back before the intermission.
Instead they throw away any hopes of a third period comeback by allowing this two on one with two of the best players in the world shooting at an open net, and Skarupa takes the goal to effectively end the game 20 minutes early.
Boston College Goal #5 (SHG): 15:42 of the 3rd period
Alex Carpenter (unassisted)
BC 5, BU 0 -- FINAL
But Carpenter would bookend the scoring in this game with a shorthanded goal of her own late. It's an unassisted goal, and she deserves it with the slick move to poke check the puck away from the Terrier at the point, and she's off to the races.
Carpenter is about more than just speed and strength, and she fires a beauty past Erin O'Neil to give BC the 5-0 win.
The regular season wraps up on Saturday afternoon at 3pm down Comm Ave at Boston University for the 2nd half of the home-and-home. BC has just about locked up a top 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, and whether they finish #1 or #2 will probably not affect who they play in the tournament, but it would be a pretty bad look to head into tournament play by dropping a game to your rival.
Hopefully BC closes out the season strong and can tune up for the stretch run.