Oct. 27, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. –The No. 4/5 Boston College women’s ice hockey team opens up a six game conference slate when it heads to Providence (1-5-2, 1-1-0 Hockey East) for a 7 p.m. meeting on Friday, Oct. 28. The Eagles (4-1-1, 1-0-1 Hockey East) then return home to face Maine (5-3-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.
Fans unable to attend are invited to watch the live-streams as the Eagles square off against the Friars and the Black Bears. Live stats will also be available courtesy of GameTracker for both Providence and Maine.
Boston College blanked Quinnipiac, 5-0, before topping No. 10 Dartmouth, 4-3, in the final seconds of regulation. The Eagles brought their goal total to 20, with production from seven players: Alex Carpenter, Emily Field, Andrea Green, Caitlin Walsh, Taylor Wasylk and Danielle Welch. Junior Corinne Boyles made 11 saves against the Bobcats to pick up her second shutout of the season and was stellar late in tight play to earn win over the Big Green.
Providence split its first weekend of Hockey East play, falling to Vermont, 3-2, in the opener and topping the Catamounts, 4-3, the next time out. In game one, Vermont junior Emily Walsh broke a 2-2 tie with less than five minutes to play after the Friars had led 2-1 heading into the third. Providence returned the favor when freshman Beth Hanrahan posted her second goal of the day when she sent a wrister over Kelci Lanthier’s right shoulder with 29 seconds in regulation to end the 3-3 stalemate.
Maine also split their opening weekend of conference play. Myriam Croussette registered a goal and two assists to help the Black Bears build a 4-1 advantage heading into the third period and goaltender stopped 24 shots to hold off Connecticut, 4-3. When the two sides made their way to Storrs, Conn., the following day, Uconn netminder Nicole Paniccia denied Maine 31 times to earn a 3-0 shutout.
The Last Time Out
The Eagles took all three meetings against the Friars, while going 1-1-1 versus the Black Bears last season. BC last met Providence in the semifinal of the 2010-11 Hockey East Tournament, where the Eagles picked up an overtime win, 3-2 (recap). BC suffered a 4-3 defeat at home in the final ’10-’11 faceoff with Maine. The loss snapped a seven game unbeaten streak for the Eagles (recap).
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College has been averaging 3.33 goals per game, scoring at least three times in four games so far this season. Conversely, the opposition has been finding the back of the net 2.17 times per contest. BC has successfully executed its power play 29.2 percent of the time (7-for-24) and killed off 22-of-26 penalties (.846). The Eagles have tallied 11-of-20 goals in the third period, but have given up only 3-of-13 in the same stanza.
Freshman forward Alex Carpenter (5g, 4a) leads the Eagles with nine points, while junior defender Blake Bolden (2g, 5a) and freshman forward Emily Field (3g, 4a) are second on the team with seven. Carpenter’s 1.50 points per game this season is fourth best in the country by a rookie and Bolden’s 1.17 is fifth highest among defensemen.
Junior Corinne Boyles has started every game for the Eagles. The Wheaton, Ill., native carries a 2.14 goals against average and .906 save percentage through 365 minutes.
Scouting the Friars
Providence has registered a 1.25 goals per game average and is giving up 2.88 scores per game. While average just over 27 shots a game, the Friars are one of the least penalized teams in the conference, serving just 12.1 penalty minutes per game. Five of the teams 10 goals have come in the second period, while PC has given up 10-of-23 in the first frame. The Friars power play has scored twice in 44 chances, while its penalty kill has upheld 31-of-39 times.
Corinne Buie (1g, 4a) leads the offense with five points, while Kate Bacon (2g, 0a) and Beth Hanrahan (2g, 0a) are the top goal scorers for Providence. Each of Bacon’s two goals have come on power plays.
Genevieve Lacasse has started all seven games in net for PC. The senior has totaled 223 saves for a .921 percentage. In 419 minutes, Lacasse has produced a goals against average of 2.72.
Scouting the Black Bears
Maine is producing 3.62 goals and allowing 3.00 goals per game through the first eight skates of the year. The Black Bear scoring has been fairly even throughout each period, with 11-of-29 goals coming in the second period paired with nine in the first and eight in the third. Maine’s 297 shots on goal tops the Hockey East and its 92 penalty minutes are second most.
Myriam Croussette’s (6g, 5a) 11 points is second most in the league. The forward’s has pegged opposing goalies for two power play goals and once as a short-handed side this season. Danielle Ward (6g, 3a) has netted three game-winners for Maine to tie Crousette for the team-high in goals with six. Six players have at least five point heading into this weekend.
Three different keepers have seen time in net for the Black Bears, but Brittany Ott is most often looked too. In five starts, Ott has delivered 114 stops and a .898 save percentage. Her 2.69 goals against average is nearly a full point than Kylie Smith’s 3.67 GAA. Smith has made two starts in three appearances.