BC women's hockey completed an impressive sweep over the Cornell Big Red, but the two wins were in completely different style.
Friday night, BC put together a 60 minute effort but only managed to score two with the goalie in the net. Saturday afternoon, the Eagles blitzed Cornell for 20 minutes and went on cruise control, rolling the Big Red by a whopping 8-0 and completing an impressive road sweep.
This is going to take a while, so let's get right to it.
Boston College Goal #1 (GWG): 3:37 of the 1st period
Alex Carpenter (Kenzie Kent, Makenna Newkirk)
BC 1, Cornell 0
Tough to tell on the GIF because of the time, but there's a scrum in front of the net after a shot from up high. No harm done as the puck gets cleared behind the net, but Carpenter ends up with it and banks it in off Cornell goaltender Marlen Boissonnault for the early game-winner.
Boston College Goal #2: 15:55 of the 1st period
Haley Skarupa (Andie Anastos, Kaliya Johnson)
BC 2, Cornell 0
Anastos and Johnson tag-team on a puck battle along the boards that is ultimately won by Anastos. All of Cornell's players are paying too much attention to the puck battle up high and Skarupa takes the opportunity to slip away in front of the net.
It's fortunate timing as Anastos fished the puck out and sent it on in to Skarupa, and she's able to shimmy it through the 5-hole for the 2-0 lead.
Boston College Goal #3: 17:38 of the 1st period
Dana Trivigno (Kristyn Capizzano, Haley Skarupa)
BC 3, Cornell 0
There's a 2-on-1 finished off with authority by Trivigno, and poor Boissonnault really didn't have a chance. I'm not even really sure how Capizzano got the pass through the diving defender, but it found its way through.
That was it for the first period, with BC taking total control. The only difference from Friday night as that the Eagles were able to convert their opportunities.
Boston College Goal #4: 0:52 of the 2nd period
Alex Carpenter (Haley Skarupa, Kali Flanagan)
BC 4, Cornell 0
This is the style of goal BC likes to try to create, with quick passes to get the puck into the slot for the chance on goal. Even though the initial chance didn't go in, good things happen when you get the puck to the net from prime scoring areas, and Carpenter is on the doorstep to put in the rebound.
At this point, BC lifted its foot off the gas in a big way. That's not a good thing—you want a 60 minute effort—but with the way the Eagles had controlled play the whole weekend, there was no way Cornell was going to make this game interesting.
Boston College Goal #5 (PPG, HT): 13:29 of the 2nd period
Alex Carpenter (Kenzie Kent, Megan Keller)
BC 5, Cornell 0
All Carpenter on this goal, which results in her third hat trick in eight games.
Nothing too fancy here, but the poor Cornell defender was overmatched. Carpenter makes a quick move to get around her and all of a sudden she's right there on the doorstep.
Boissonnault had a rough night, but when you have an Olympic superstar standing in your crease, there's only so much you can do.
That was all for the 2nd period. Cornell just wanted the game to end at this point.
Boston College Goal #6 (PPG): 16:43 of the 3rd period
Makenna Newkirk (Lexi Bender, Toni Ann Miano)
BC 6, Cornell 0
More of BC going right to the net. Bender took the puck into the offensive zone with Newkirk coming in opposite on the back door.
The Cornell defensemen were just totally spent at the end of this shift. Just follow #26 Taylor Woods who gets one hack on Newkirk as she shoots the puck. She needs an oxygen mask.
Boston College Goal #7: 17:29 of the 3rd period
Andie Anastos (Meghan Grieves, Toni Ann Miano)
BC 7, Cornell 0
God can we just end this...
BC isn't even celebrating at this point. Another shot from the slot (although this time a much more contested shot), another goal, another faceoff, the clock can't tick down fast enough.
Boston College Goal #8: 18:57 of the 3rd period
Makenna Newkirk (Lexi Bender, Kali Flanagan)
BC 8, Cornell 0 -- FINAL
Okay, so maybe BC didn't completely take their foot off the gas. This is some great puck movement to get the puck down low. It's a shot-pass from Lexi Bender up top that Newkirk gets a great stick on, and finally, mercifully, the game was over.
BC started the season a bit rusty, but over the last couple weeks have started to find the scoring groove that made them so dangerous this year and the defense has really tightened things up.
After giving up 10 goals in their first 4 games, they've allowed just 1 in their last four—a rate that, remarkably, was matched just once by last year's team.
Next up is a home and home Friday and Saturday against UConn with a pair of 2pm contests. The Eagles will look to keep up their stretch of impressive play and extend their program-best season start.