On December 8th, 2012, Minnesota women's hockey capped off a monstrous first half of hockey with a 5-0 blowout of Bemidji State. The Gophers entered the break at 20-0-0, the first time a team had ever entered the holiday break with an unblemished record.
Flash forward to December 10th, 2015. Thursday night, Boston College took the long road to upstate New York and blew the doors off Syracuse, scoring 6 goals in the game's first 25 minutes on their way to a 7-2 win. The win matched the Gophers for the all-time best season start in the modern era at 20-0-0.
Don't look now, though -- Wisconsin is poised to tie that mark themselves if they manage to get through this weekend's series with North Dakota.
But the win over Syracuse did more than send the Eagles into the break with a solid W. There were also a slew of program milestones all set in the same game.
- As mentioned above, the Eagles tied a modern day women's hockey record with their 20th win in a row to start the season.
- Head coach Katie Crowley extended her program wins record with her 200th head coaching victory. All 200 wins have come at Boston College.
- Haley Skarupa needed one assist to hit the 200 career points mark. Overachiever that she is, she went out and got five of them, setting another personal mark for assists in a game in the process, and now sits 5 points back of Kelli Stack for 2nd on BC's all time points list.
- There was chatter before the game of Crowley and Skarupa's chance at hitting milestones, but no one mentioned Carpenter's shot at breaking the all-time BC women's hockey goal scoring record -- probably because she was three goals away from it.
Given that Carpenter now has four hat tricks on the season, maybe they should have been thinking a little further ahead...
Carpenter went off against the Orange, setting her own personal record of 4 goals in a game, the first time an Eagle has done that since 1999. In doing so, she both tied and surpassed the BC women's hockey goal scoring record held by Erin Magee '99 and sits at 117 career goals.
Next up for Carpenter? Brian Gionta's Boston College record of 123 career goals set in 2001. At her current pace, she'll likely blow past that mark early in the second half.
It was a good start for BC, but as they learned following last year's 27-0-1 start and disastrous finish, it won't help them win any trophies. Look for the Eagles to continue to improve in the second half if they want to finally take home some hardware for this season.