In March, the Eagles hope to ship up to Durham for the Frozen Four. Unlike the WCHA teams, the Eagles had a chance to test the (frozen) waters during the regular season.
But despite earning an easy win, it wasn't a great preview for BC. The Eagles took the game 3-0 and earned a season sweep of the Wildcats, but BC seemed to struggle with the big sheet and didn't generate many scoring chances.
Boston College Goal #1 (PPG, GWG): 12:08 of the 1st period
Alex Carpenter (Megan Keller, Katie Burt!!!)
BC 1, UNH 0
BC controlled the puck during a delayed penalty on UNH for body checking, and before the Wildcats could get the whistle, a second UNH player took a body checking penalty. That gave the Eagles a full two minutes of 5 on 3, and they took advantage.
Goaltender Katie Burt earned an assist on this play after starting a breakout to Megan Keller. Keller passed it up to Alex Carpenter, and it's nothing fancy as Carpenter fires a shot over the shoulder of UNH goaltender Kyra Smith.
Boston College Goal #2 (PPG): 12:57 of the 1st period
Toni Ann Miano (Lexi Bender, Dana Trivigno)
BC 2, UNH 0
UNH's video stream was on the fritz for most of the first period, so apologies for the quality.
BC got the second goal on the same power play chance, this time 5 on 4. Just a shot-pass from Bender from the blue line that Miano gets a stick on to put BC up 2-0.
UNH clogged things up for BC -- surprising given all the space on the big sheet -- but even got a few chances in on Katie Burt. Perhaps it's just how sound Burt is in net, but it never felt like they threatened to get one past her.
BC was in full sleepwalk mode in this game. I want to take a nap just writing about it.
Boston College Goal #3: 10:57 of the 2nd period
Haley Skarupa (Kali Flanagan, Kristyn Capizzano)
BC 3, UNH 0 -- FINAL
UNH doesn't even seem to be playing that hard on this goal either. Skarupa is given all the room she wants to skate in closer and close and closer to Kyra Smith, finally whipping in a wrist shot that finds the back of the net and ends the scoring.
BC is going to have to do much better than that to beat pretty much any team they're going to play, let alone get another couple of shots on the big sheet at the Whittemore Center.
The Eagles have their biggest challenge of the young season coming up on Saturday as they head downtown to face Northeastern. Assuming Minnesota beats Bemidji State this afternoon, NU should move up to 4th in the Pairwise. BC won't play an opponent ranked that high until the Frozen Four -- should they make it that far.