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Hockey East Tournament Resumes Saturday in Hyannis




March 7, 2013

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 2/3 women’s hockey team (26-5-3, 17-2-2 WHEA) continue the quest for their second Hockey East Tournament crown in semifinal action against No. 10 Northeastern on Saturday.  The scene shifts to the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Rink at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center as the Hockey East’s automatic NCAA bid will be up for grabs.

The Eagles are coming off a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory over Maine in last Friday’s Hockey East Quarterfinal.  BC was frustrated for the first 50 minutes by Black Bears goaltender Brittany Ott, who made a league record 72 saves in defeat.  Melissa Bizzari knotted the game up with just over 10 minutes to play before Haley Skarupa sent the Eagles to Hyannis on a wrister under the arm of Ott four minutes into overtime.  BC improved to 5-6 all-time in Hockey East tournament play with the win.

The winner on Saturday will move on to the Hockey East Championship game against either Boston University or Providence.  The Eagles and Huskies have faced each other just once in postseason play with BC claiming the 2011 Hockey East Championship in a 3-1 victory.

THE SEASON SERIES (BC leads 3-1-0)

Nov. 16 – Boston College 6, Northeastern 4 (Box Score)

Nov. 18 – Boston College 4, Northeastern 3 (Box Score)

Jan. 9 – Boston College 6, Northeastern 2 (Box Score)

Feb. 12 (Beanpot Final) – Northeastern 4, Boston College 3 (Box Score)

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES

Northeastern enters Saturday’s game winners of eight in a row, and 11 of its last 12. Led by leading scorer Kendall Coyne (35-30-65) and goaltender Chloe Desjardins, the Huskies have outscored their opponents 38-13 during their current eight game winning streak.  Northeastern is 3-5 all-time in Hockey East Tournament play and is looking for its first title in team history.

WHERE TO WATCH

Both semifinal games will be streamed online by the Pack Network at www.hockeyeastonline.tv.   Sunday’s championship will face off at 1 p.m., to be shown on tape delay by NESN at the conclusion of the Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays spring training game.

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