Boston College women’s hockey maintained its win streak following a 3-0 victory over the University of New Hampshire. BC (14-0-0, 8-0-0 Hockey East) extended the streak to 14 wins, remaining No. 1 in the Hockey East against the No. 7 Wildcats (2-11-0, 2-7-0 WHEA).
The match began with an early power play for the Wildcats after a tripping penalty on Toni Ann Miano. UNH managed three shots against goalie Katie Burt during the two minutes, but none found the back of the net.
BC received its chance to finish the stalemate after checking penalties on Wildcats Nicoline Jensen and Julia Fedeski. With the Eagles on a 5-on-3 power play, Alex Carpenter set the ball rolling with a goal less than a minute after the play began. After a pass from Megan Keller, Carpenter slapped the puck past UNH goalie Kyra Smith, putting the Eagles up 1-0.
Seconds later, BC added to its lead with another power play goal. Lexi Bender fed the puck to Toni Ann Miano, who found an open spot between Smith and the left pipe. With the goal, Miano broke up her monthlong scoring dry spell. She last scored in October against St. Lawrence University.
Halfway into the second period, the Eagles hit their offensive stride again. Haley Skarupa snuck a high shot past Smith’s right arm, putting the Eagles up 3-0. BC would not score for the remainder of the game, despite having five more shots in the second period and another seven in the third period.
The game also marked Burt’s sixth shutout this season. Burt, who sat out in the first of the two-game series against the Wildcats, maintained a three-game shutout streak until facing a tough Boston University offense.
The Eagles did not put up their usual performance, especially against low-ranked Hockey East teams. With three goals, BC scored under four goals for the first time this season. The Eagles’ offense did not shine as bright as it has, with players typically racking up team shot totals in the high 30s to 40s. BC had only 27 shots total against UNH, and the Wildcats kept close behind with 24.
Even so, the Eagles managed to come out ahead, shutting down the Wildcats’ offense and executing attacks when UNH was most vulnerable. BC may not have scored the extra goals that denote a dominating win, but the Eagles still demonstrated their lethal offense in the victory.
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