Top 10 Battle Pits No. 4 WIH vs. No. 8 Northeastern in Battle for WHEA Lead
Nov. 15, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. –The fourth-ranked Boston College women’s ice hockey team continues its Hockey East slate by traveling to No. 8 Northeastern on Thursday, Nov. 17. The Eagles (6-3-1, 3-2-1 Hockey East) will meet the Terriers (10-1-0, 5-0-0 Hockey East) in a rematch of the 2011 conference championship in Matthews Arena at 7 p.m. The following day, the two side faceoff at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum at 7 p.m.
In the 2011-12 Preseason Hockey East Poll, Boston College was positioned at No.2 with Northeastern only one place behind. BC has been featured on each USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll so far this season, while NU took three weeks to make its first appearance and has been climbing ever since.
The Eagles have split their last for four skates, going 2-0 on the road, and look to snap the Terriers’ six game winning streak. BC currently sits in third with seven points in the leagues standings, while NU is first with 10 points, going unblemished through its first five games.
This is the second straight series for the Eagles that will feature two Hockey East Players of the Month. Freshman center Alex Carpenter was named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month and Terriers goaltender Florence Schelling was tabbed WHEA Goalie of the Month for October.
The Terries extended their six-game winning streak and remained unbeaten in Hockey East action with two wins over Vermont. NU received goals from Ann Doherty, Siena Falino, Rachel Llanes and Casey Pickett in a 4-2 win on Friday. Pickett and Maggie DiMasi returned with two goals each, complimented by one from Claire Santostefano in Saturday’s 5-1 victory.
Last Time Out
Pickett put Northeastern on the board first with a goal at the eighth minute of the opening period before Welch's two points put BC on top, 2-1. At 12:13 in the first period, Welch evened the game when she beat Northeastern goaltender Florence Schelling (32 saves) with a nice move to the point and sent a shot through traffic to signal the horn. In the final minute of the frame, Bolden one-timed a pass from Stack on the power play to give the Eagles the lead, 2-1. Welch was also credited with an assist on Bolden's seventh goal of the year. BC closed the door when Wasylk found the back of the net on assists from classmate Melissa Bizzari and Restuccia.
Scouting the Eagles
As the clock ticks, Boston College increases its scoring. Only five of BC’s goals have come in the first period, with 11 and 13 being delivered in the final two frames. Defensively, opponents have registered eight goals in each period.
The Eagles power play efficiency tops the conference at 20 percent, going 9-for-45, while their penalty is fifth at 84.1 percent (37-for-44) heading into Thursday’s matchup.
Carpenter leads the Eagles in all three scoring categories: points (12), goals (7) and assists (5). The North Reading, Mass., native is averaging 1.20 points per game, fifth highest in the country among rookies. First-year members of the squad account for 42.9 percent (30-of-73) of BC’s points this season.
Junior Blake Bolden is second among all Hockey East defensemen with seven points (2g, 5a), while classmate Dru Burns (6a) and freshman Emily Pfalzer (2g, 4a) are tied for fourth in the league with six points each.
Junior Corinne Boyles has started all 10 games in net for BC, totaling 203 saves and allowing just 24 goals in 589 minutes for a 2.45 goals against average.
Scouting the Terriers
Much like the Eagles, the Terriers’ scoring increases at the game progresses. NU has eight first period goals, followed by 17 in the second and 18 in the third. However, Northeastern has allow eight third period scores and just three in the first two stanzas each.
Pickett leads the Hockey East with 17 points. The junior’s 1.55 points per game have come by way of nine goals and eight assists. Frehman Kenall Coyne is fifth in the league with 1.56 ppg (6g, 8a) and ranks fourth nationally among rookie scoring. The Terriers also look to attackers Llanes (4g, 6a) and Brittany Esposito (3g, 7a).
Three-time WHEA Defensive Player of the Week, Schelling sits in net for NU. The goaltender’s goals against average (1.20) and save percentage (.953) is best in the conference. Schelling has four shutouts in nearly 600 minutes of actions prior to Thursday’s skate.