Last night, the No. 2 Boston College women’s hockey team earned its 12th win of the season against Boston University in overtime. This was the Eagles’ first overtime win since November 3, 2013, and their 11th consecutive regular season win against BU. The Eagles’ only losses to BU since October, 5 2012 were in the 2014 and 2015 Hockey East Tournament championship games.
Head coach Katie Crowley commented, “I think we we're pretty good 4v4, so I’ll take that OT win. I’m glad we were in a game like that with them. I think it’s great. You never want a close game, but I think it’s good for our kids to be in those positions and those situations… That, to me, was a playoff hockey game. It felt like it. The energy of BU vs BC was great. There was great energy in the crowd. For our kids, that’s awesome.”
BC also defeated BU 8-1 on Saturday. Coach Crowley said she attributes the difference in score to the ability to capitalize on chances early in the first period. That said, BU had something to prove coming into Sunday's game, but they were met by the same tenacious offense from the day previous.
Alex Carpenter lit the lamp only 1:10 into the game, the fastest score of the season, after Megan Keller took the puck behind the goal and found Carpenter waiting in front. The team took a 2-0 lead 16:16 in when Dana Trivigno earned her 100th career point from a pass down low from Toni Ann Miano .
In the second period, the momentum swung to BU's favor and they were able to get on the board twice, capitalizing on a power play and a two-on-one situation to tie up the game.
In the third, Capizzano was able to force a goal after multiple rebounds 1:20 in, but BU tied the game back up only four minutes later.
The teams remained at a deadlock, eventually heading in to 4v4 OT. Carpenter sealed the win for BC when she broke up a BU pass at the blue line, found Haley Skarupa and then was fed by her in front of the goal.
This was a thrilling game against the Eagles’ most bitter rival, and yet there were more BU students in attendance than BC ones. A few BU students’ chants reverberated throughout Conte with no BC fans to drown them out.
Could the difference in the two games be that BC lost their home field advantage when no students came to support the team? “I think we do a good job of trying to recognize the people who do great things on a team that does great things.” Crowley said. “It’s always a tough thing, there’s a lot going on in Boston, there are a lot of sports here.”
The Eagles matchup was not featured on the Gold Pass, despite a women’s basketball game, men’s basketball game and men’s hockey game each listed for this week, worth 60 points apiece. “We’re fighting every day to win a national championship, and hopefully we can get there and then maybe people around Boston and what not will start coming to more games.” After winning twelve consecutive games and not losing in the regular season since the 2013-14 calendar year, a national title is the only thing left for the Eagle’s to achieve and cement their place as a team worth rooting for.
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