Nov. 1, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. –Two of the nation’s best women’s ice hockey programs, No. 6/6 Boston College and No. 5/5 Boston University, converge in Kelley Rink on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the 2010-11 NCAA Frozen Four participants since the Eagles (5-2-1, 2-1-1 Hockey East) knocked the Terriers (5-3-1, 0-0-0 Hockey East) out of the first round of the 2011 Beanpot.
The second of a three-game series takes place on Saturday, November 5, in Walter Brown Arena at 3 p.m. Fans unable to attend are invited to view a live-stream or follow along with live stats provided for both skates.
Stream: BC (Nov. 2) / BU (Nov. 5)
Stats: BC (Nov. 2) / BU (Nov. 5)
Last season, Boston College and Boston University both turned in convincing performances in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to reach the Frozen Four. The Eagles were overtaken with under a minute to play by eventual champion Wisconsin, 3-2, while the Terriers were topped, 4-1, by the Badgers in the final.
Before the start of the 2011-12 season, BU edged BC, 55-51, for first place in the Preseason Hockey East Poll. The Maroon and Gold also sat behind the Red and White on the preseason USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls and the cross town rivals have been jockeying for position in the standings ever since.
Both programs proceeded to open their campaigns with splits against nationally ranked opponents, BC at Minnesota-Duluth and BU versus North Dakota. Most recently, the Eagles had their six game unbeaten streak stopped by Maine, 5-2, on Sunday and the Terriers had their five-game streak halted by Wisconsin, 3-0, on Friday.
Since Katie King Crowley
took over the reins at Boston College in 2007-08, BU has controlled the series, 9-6-2, but the Eagles are 5-2-0 against the Terriers when BU is ranked.
The top 10 matchup will feature two Hockey East Players of the Month against each other. Eagles freshman center Alex Carpenter was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month and Terriers senior forward Jenn Wakefield was tabbed as Athletic Republic Player of the Month.
No. 4/5 Boston College received excellent goaltending from junior Corinne Boyles and relied on goals by Carpenter, senior Mary Restuccia and sophomore Taylor Wasylk to defeat Providence, 3-1, on Friday. The Eagles were then subject to their first conference loss of the season at the hands of Maine, 5-2, on Sunday.
No. 5/4 Boston University traveled to unanimous No. 1 Wisconsin, where they were handed two losses by the Badgers. The Terriers were shutout, 3-0, on Friday, before losing, 6-1, the following day. Taylor Holze scored the only goal for BU in the series.
Last Time Out
Two combination goals between Kelli Stack and Restuccia gave the Boston College women’s hockey team the edge in a win, 2-1, over No. 3 Boston University. The Eagles advanced to the 33rd Annual Women’s Beanpot Championship game, their seventh appearance in the title bout in the past 10 seasons. Stack’s two points totaled 199 in her career, breaking the previous all-time record of 198 set by Erin Magee ’99.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College has been generating 3.12 goals per game, 14th best in the country, and allowing 2.38 gpg, 13th fewest in the nation, through eight contests. Boston College is 5-0 when scoring at least three goals this season. In 17 meetings with BU since Crowley took over, the Eagles have only posted three or more goals five times, going 4-0-1 in those contests.
When talking penalties, the Eagles have converted on 9-of-31 power plays (.290), which is fifth best in the NCAA. BC’s penalty kill rate is 83.8 percent (31-for-37) heading into Wednesday’s match.
Carpenter leads the Eagles in all three scoring categories: points (11), goals (6) and assists (5). The North Reading, Mass., native is averaging 1.38 points per game, fifth highest in the country among rookies. First-year members of the squad account for 43.5 percent (27 points) of BC’s 62 points this season.
Junior Blake Bolden leads all Hockey East defensemen with seven points (2g, 5a), while classmate Dru Burns and freshman Emily Pfalzer are tied for fourth in the league with five points each.
Junior Corinne Boyles has started all eight games in net for BC, totaling 170 saves and allowing just 19 goals in 469 minutes for a 2.43 goals against average.
Scouting the Terriers
Boston University has been winning its games by an average score of 2.78 to 2.67. Both marks are top 20 in the nation. The Terriers have registered 25 goals to their opponents 24. BU has scored 12 times in the second period, while being edged in the first, 7-5, and third, 8-9, periods.
BU has given up 104 penalty minutes (11.6 PIM/G) to date, 10th most per game in the country. The Red and White penalty kills is one of the best nation as well, turning away 46-of-50 chances.
Senior forward Jenn Wakefield is the leading scorer for BU. The captain’s 13 points (8g, 5a) leads the conference, but the Terriers also look to attackers Jenelle Kohanchuck (4g, 5a), Kayla Tutino (6g, 2a), and Isabel Menard (2g, 5a) to score. Junior defenseman Kathryn Miller leads the defense with five points, all on assists.
Sophomore Kerrin Sperry leads BU in minutes (411) and saves (425). The goaltender has a 3-3-1 record, .926 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average prior to Wednesday’s skate.