March 13, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 3, 2013
#5 Women's Hockey Downs #2 Clarkson, 5-1
Senior goaltender Corinne Boyles stopped 28 of 29 Clarkson shots en route to her 10th straight win as the #5 Eagles (12-3-2, 8-2-1) defeated #2 Clarkson (15-4-0, 7-1-0) on Thursday night.
BC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Eagles are 4-5 all-time in the NCAA tournament, and have made three consecutive Frozen Foure appearances. Boston College has never advanced to the NCAA championship game. In 2013, BC defeated Harvard 3-1 in the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to Minnesota 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals. The Gophers went on to win the championship, completing a perfect 41-0-0 season.
BC VS. CLARKSON
BC is 5-1-3 all-time against Clarkson, and has won the last two match ups with the Golden Knights. The Eagles have played just five away games against Clarkson, going 2-1-2 in those road contests. The two teams last faced off on Jan. 3, 2013 at Cheel Arena. Boston College won the game 5-1, as current Eagles Emily Pfalzer, Dana Trivigno, Taylor Wasylk and Melissa Bizzari each scored on goal. Corinne Boyles made 28 saves to earn the victory.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson enters the NCAA tournament as the #3 seed and boasts a 28-5-5 record. The Golden Knights are coming off a 1-0 loss to #2 Cornell in the ECAC Championship. Prior to the loss, Clarkson had a 20-game unbeaten streak (17-0-3). The Golden Knights are tied for the best scoring defense in the country (1.05 goals allowed per game) and are led by goaltender Erica Howe who leads the nation in GAA (1.03) and ranks third in the country with a .943 save percentage. Offensively, Clarkson is powered by Jamie Lee Rattray (28-31--59) and Erin Ambrose (14-36--50).
Several Eagles were honored by Hockey East at the conclusion of the regular season. Corinne Boyles was crowned the conference goaltending champion (1.52 GAA, .945 save percentage), Taylor Wasylk was tabbed Gladiator Best Defensive Forward, and Emily Pfalzer earned the WHEA Best Defenseman Award. Freshman Andie Anastos was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year, while coach Crowley earned Co-Coach of the Year honors.
With a 5-1 victory over Boston University in the final game of the regular season, the BC senior class captured its 100th win. The seniors boast a record of 102-29-15 during their tenure at The Heights, making them the winningest graduating class in the history of the program.
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
The Eagles captured the regular season title for the first time in program history with a 4-1 victory at Maine. BC finished with a conference record of 18-2-1, the best mark in school history.
SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN
The Eagles are 17-2-1 when scoring first and 16-2-0 when leading after the first period. They are also undefeated (24-0-0) when scoring three or more goals this season. In the nine games BC has not won (six losses, three ties), the team has failed to score more than one goal in two of them, putting the team’s record at 26-2-0 when scoring two or more goals.
SPECIAL TEAMS FACTOR
BC is 17-1-2 when scoring on their power play, and 19-1-2 its opponent is scoreless on the man advantage. At 18.9% Boston College has the best power play scoring percentage in Hockey East, and the seventh-best in the nation. Haley Skarupa leads the team with six power play goals, good for second in the conference and tenth in the country.
IT’S A RACE
BC reached the 20-win mark for the seventh time in the last 20 years with a 4-1 victory over BU in the opening round of the Beanpot. This year’s team reached the mark in 27 games, second fastest in school history (26 games in 12-13).