With a pristine 30-0-0 record and a victory in the 2016 Women's Beanpot Championship, the Boston College women’s hockey team is ever excelling to new heights.
On Tuesday night, the first-ranked Boston College Eagles took on the #5/6 ranked Northeastern University Huskies in the 38th Annual Women’s Beanpot Tournament 2016 Championship game for the third time in four years.
Following men’s hockey's Beanpot win on Monday night, the women were posed with the challenge to bring both championships back to the Heights, and they undoubtedly delivered, dishing out a tough 7-0 victory against the Huskies.
“Boston College smelled blood in the water and they definitely went after it,” said Northeastern head coach Dave Flynn.
The Eagles came out guns blazing in the first period with Haley Skarupa opening up the scoring with a power play goal just 2:54 into the game. The Eagles struck again at 14:28 when Makenna Newkirk found success on a tough angle set up by Dana Trivigno.
Northeastern struggled to get anything going throughout the period, but things looked hopeful for the Huskies as they found themselves with a powerplay after Kenzie Kent was sent to the box for hooking at the 11:02 mark. However, the Eagles' penalty killing unit was much too strong for the Huskies to break through.
The second period of play in the Beanpot was an uneventful 20 minutes for both teams. At 5:29 into the period, Northeastern’s Halle Silva was sent to the box on tripping, but BC couldn’t find any action on the powerplay. Throughout the period, BC was ripping shots, playing aggressively, and moving well. However, they were unable to find any luck on the Huskies’ goal.
Towards the second half of the period, the game turned into a full contact contest with multiple checks and aggressive play on the ice. Megan Keller found a new home in the penalty box, getting sent off twice, first at 10:10 into the period and then at 12:26 on a particularly loud body check.
Northeastern couldn’t put the puck in the net, despite their advantage on both occasions late in the second. The Eagles were up 2-0 going into the final period. Trivigno and Burt said that the only thing head Coach Katie Crowley offered between the second and third periods was simply, “Let’s go win a Beanpot...that’s all she needed to say to us.” And win a Beanpot they did.
The Eagles got things going early in the third period. Trivigno scored just minutes into the final period, with Kenzie Kent scoring another goal just a minute later furthering the divide between the Eagles and Huskies to 4-0.
The Eagles didn't stop there: Trivigno caught fire in the third scoring 5:13 into the period, and then striking again at 12:11. Keller scored the final goal to bury the Huskies with two minutes left. The Eagles' dominant five-goal final period twisted the knife, sealing the Huskies’ fate in the 7-0 match.
Similar to the previous twenty-nine teams, the Huskies fought hard but ultimately fell victim to the number one offense and number three defense in NCAA Women’s hockey. The 2016 Beanpot Championship marks the seventh title in program history, having previously claimed the title in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, and most recently 2014. Boston College fought hard, played smart, and subsequently proved their sheer dominance in Boston’s most coveted collegiate hockey tournament.
Burt won the Bertagna Goalie Award and Trivigno won MVP for their outstanding performances throughout the tournament and final match. Coach Crowley was particularly happy with the defense, especially when working with the best offense in the conference.
The Eagles face the Huskies again on Friday, and it is sure to make for an interesting match.
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