BC Women's Hockey is going to the Frozen Four!
The frustration of having to play Northeastern and Kendall Coyne for the fifth time is in the past. From the drop of the puck, it was all business. The Eagles scored the first five goals of the game and shut down the Huskies' vaunted top line as their way to a convincing 5-1 win at Conte Forum in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Boston College Goal #1: 0:50 of the 1st period
Alex Carpenter (Kenzie Kent, Haley Skarupa)
BC 1, NU 0
Northeastern goaltender Brittany Bugalsky had a roller coaster night. She made some incredible saves but she also fought the puck like crazy, especially early on.
Just a minute in, BC scored a goal that probably shook her confidence. Carpenter took a shot from the doorstep that Bugalski seems to have covered up, but never fully stops and slowwwwwwly trickles just barely across the goal line.
It was a bad start, and BC kept peppering her from there.
Boston College Goal #2 (GWG) 16:54 of the 1st period
Tori Sullivan (Haley Skarupa, Megan Keller)
BC 2, NU 0
BC's second goal was the bad side of Bugalski's night in a nutshell. Skarupa takes a shot that Bugalski should gather up, but it bounces off her chest right into the slot. Sullivan is trailing behind to shove the puck through, and BC has a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
With BC's talent advantage, that might have been the dagger right there. BC didn't play its best in the first period but still had a two goal lead, and they started to find a groove in the second.
Boston College Goal #3: 12:51 of the 2nd period
Haley Skarupa (Alex Carpenter, Grace Bizal)
BC 3, NU 0
BC had their third goal shortly before this on the power play, but it was reviewed and waved off due to the Eagles being offside. They just had a to wait a couple more minutes.
It's BC's top line, and Haley Skarupa, really showing off their skills. Skarupa doesn't even care that she's got a defender on her. She just grabs the pass and goes before rifling off a shot that, this time, Bugalski probably doesn't have to blame herself for.
Boston College Goal #4: 1:54 of the 3rd period
Tori Sullivan (Meghan Grieves)
BC 4, NU 0
Any hope Northeastern might have had for a comeback was dashed right off the bat in the third period.
Bugalski once again loses control of her rebound. This is from a shot from an angle at distance, and she kicked the puck right out in front of the net... Not good.
Tori Sullivan made no mistake on the rebound, roofing the puck past Bugalski and putting the last 18 minutes on Full Party Mode.
Boston College Goal #5 (SHG, ENG): 17:46 of the 3rd period
Alex Carpenter (Haley Skarupa, Megan Keller)
BC 5, NU 0
Carpenter scores the empty netter to finish things off, and that's...
Northeastern Goal #1 (PPG): 18:20 of the 3rd period
Kendall Coyne (Hayley Scamurra, Brittany Bugalski)
BC 5, NU 1 -- FINAL
Oh God damn it, Kendall Coyne.
Coyne goes coast to coast for the consolation goal in overtime, which despite taking away Katie Burt's shutout was kind of neat for a couple reasons. It was Coyne's 50th goal of the season, and it was the final goal of the career of one of the game's very best and most respected athletes.
Oh and Bugalski got an assist so that will probably make her feel better, I assume.
And that's all she wrote.
#5 Clarkson took down #4 Quinnipiac in the quarterfinal opposite BC setting up a BC vs. Clarkson semifinal matchup in the Frozen Four. This will be the third year in a row that BC and Clarkson have matched up, with the two teams trading quarterfinal wins over each of the last two seasons.
BC will have the early game on Friday at 4pm with a berth in the national championship game on the line.
We're going to the Frozen Four!