No. 6 WIH Hosts Two Game Set Against Minnesota-Duluth
Oct. 25, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The No. 6 women's hockey team (1-2-0, 1-2-0 WHEA) will play host to the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (2-3-1, 2-3-1 WCHA) for a two game set Thursday and Friday at Kelley Rink. This will mark the Bulldogs' first visit to Chestnut Hill since 2009 where they swept the Eagles with 3-0 and 5-1 decisions.
The Bulldogs enter the game on Thursday coming off a sweep at the hands of Minnesota State last weekend and find themselves out of the top 10 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after a No. 8 preseason ranking.
Minnesota-Duluth is lead by seniors Pernilla Winberg and Jessica Wong who both have registered a team best two goals and an assist in six games. Freshman Kayla Black has started all six games for the Bulldogs and has been stellar between the pipes. Black is ranked sixth in the NCAA in goals against average (1.66) and ninth in save percentage (.932).
The Eagles are coming off their first win of the season last Sunday, a 5-2 victory over the UNH Wildcats. Freshman Haley Skarupa recorded her first two collegiate goals in rather unconventional fashion. The Rockville, Maryland native's first goal came shorthanded while her second came on an empty net. Skarupa, fellow freshman Dana Trivigno, and senior Ashley Motherwell lead the Eagles with three points in three games. Goaltender Corinne Boyles recorded her 30th career victory on Sunday and is 1-2-0 all-time against the Bulldogs.
"Duluth will be a good challenge for us. They will play more physical than we're used to coming from the WCHA and will be a well disciplined team. We really look forward to the matchup," said coach Katie King Crowley.
Boston College and Minnesota-Duluth have met five times in their history with the Bulldogs holding a 4-1 to edge.
On the Horizon
The Eagles will have a home-and-home with the No. 3 Boston University Terriers at Walter Brown Arena next Wednesday October 31 and Kelley Rink the following Saturday November 3.