Oct. 20, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The No. 5/6 Boston College women’s ice hockey team reopens a pair storied rivalries when Quinnipiac and No. 10/10 Dartmouth enter Kelley Rink this weekend. The Eagles (2-1-1, 1-0-1 Hockey East) meet the Bobcats (1-4-0) on Friday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m., before hosting the Big Green (0-0-0) on Sunday with the same puck drop. Following Saturday’s practice, former BC members will lace up to participate in the annual alumnae skate.
Fans unable to attend this weekend’s matches are invited to watch the live stream offered through bceagles.com or keep up with live stats via GameTracker. Live stream: Quinnipiac; Dartmouth. Stats: Quinnipiac; Dartmouth.
Boston College kicked off its Hockey East slate with a 1-1 tie at New Hampshire, before returning to the Heights for a 5-0 victory over the Wildcats. Freshman forward Alex Carpenter netted the only goal in Friday night’s draw, while sophomore forward Taylor Wasylk and junior defenseman Blake Bolden both tallied one goal and two assists in Saturday’s win. Junior goaltender Corinne Boyles got the nod in both matchups, totaling 41 saves over the weekend. Sub sequentially the Eagles retained their No. 5/6 national ranking and Wasylk collected Hockey East Player of the Week honors.
Quinnipiac fell to Northeastern, 3-1, in its fourth game of the season. The Bobcats took the lead about three-fourths of the way through the second period off a Kelly Babstock put back, but the Huskies answered back with two goals before the second frame closed out and added another six minutes into the third.
Dartmouth opens the season on Sunday.
The Last Time Out
Oct. 22, 2010 - Hamden, Conn. - With a 3-3 tie at Quinnipiac, the Boston College women's hockey team moved to 4-0-1 despite strong performances from the offensive lines. Kelli Stack made it clear the Eagles came ready to play when she took control of the puck in the opening face-off and skated down to Quinnipiac's goal to put it between the pipes at 0:33 seconds. Wasylk and Danielle Doherty were credited with assists. Danielle Welch followed suit with a first period goal of her own at 11:59, assisted by Mary Restuccia and Kristina Brown. It was Welch's first goal of the season. The Bobcats fought back with a 15:06 goal to end the first period 2-1, but Wasylk scored at 2:30 in the second to increase BC's lead 3-1, before Quinnipiac answered with one in the second and another at 17:34 in the third to force a scoreless overtime period. The Eagles held a slight edge in shots, 28-26. Goaltender Molly Schaus made 23 saves, 12 in the third period alone.
Nov. 24, 2010 – Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Three first period goals and a final tally in the last frame earned Boston College a 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Wednesday, November 24. BC improved to 9-2-4 while Dartmouth fell to 6-4-0. The Eagles came out on a mission, scoring three goals before the end of the first frame. Melissa Bizzari made the first mark, nailing a shot at 4:43 from Meagan Mangene and Caitlin Walsh. Stack followed with two more goals, first at 6:07 with assists from Bizzari and Allison Szlosek and again at 19:03 from Dru Burns and Mangene to close out the opening period with a resounding 3-0 start. The Big Green responded at 15:12 in the second, recording a late period tally to get on the board and narrow the score to 3-1. Taylor Wasylk added another insurance goal at 14:08 in the third, off passing from Mary Restuccia and Ashley Motherwell. The Big Green scored its second goal of the game with under a minute left, but it was not enough to snatch a win away from the Eagles. Molly Schaus made an impressive 27 saves between the pipes to keep Dartmouth at bay.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College was named Hockey East Team of the Week on Monday after going 1-0-1 against New Hampshire. Carpenter leads the team with six points (3g, 3a), with Wasylk and Bolden right behind with four points each. In terms of point distribution, the offensive and defensive units have each tallied 14.
The Eagles have scored on four power plays (.221 efficiency) and twice while short-handed. BC is averaging 2.75 goals per game, while allowing 2.50. Seven of 11 goals have come in the third period.
Boyles goals against average stands at 2.45 entering the weekend. The Wheaton, Ill. native has posted 98 stops and a .907 save percentage four games into the 2011-12 campaign.
Scouting the Bobcats
Despite outshooting its opponents, 155-142, Quinnipiac has been outscored, 16-9, through its first five games. Babstock and junior Brittany Lyons charge the offense with two goals and three assists each, while freshman Nicole Kosta is third on the team with four points.
The Bobcats are just 3-of-21 on power play conversions, but are 12-of-15 on penalty kills. All of the scoring for Quinnipiac has occurred in the first two periods, while its opposition have tallied seven goals in the third period and overtime combined.
Victoria Vigilanti has seen nearly 256 minutes in net this year. The junior carries a 3.05 goals against average and .892 save percentage.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth will take part in a scrimmage with McGill University on Friday, before kicking off the season in Chestnut Hill. Last season, the Big Green reached the ECAC Championship and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years (Cornell ousted Dartmouth in both tournaments).
The Big Green return 16 letterwinners, including six of the top seven leading scorers return from the 2010-11 lineup. Overall leader, forward Camille Dumais, charted 38 points (18g, 20a) and top scoring defenseman, Sasha Nanji (14g, 16a) headline the veterans.
Sophomore goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft competed in 27 contests last season. As a rookie, Holdcroft delivered four goose egss, a 2.34 goals against average, .902 save percentage and 578 saves.