AROUND HOCKEY EAST: Boston College played in the national championship game for the first time in program history, but fell to Minnesota in a 3-1 decision. The loss was the only setback of the season for the Eagles and put their final record at 40-1-0. Senior Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) led the Eagles to the championship game after posting two goals, including the game-winning mark in the 3-2 overtime victory in the semifinals against Clarkson. Skarupa extended her point streak to 16 games in which she scored 32 points (15g, 17a) and was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team alongside teammate Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.). Keller tallied an assist in each game and finished the season leading defensemen nationally in points (52), assists (40), points per game (1.27), assists per game (0.98), power-play assists (16), power-play points (20), and plus/minus (+64). Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) also recorded a multi-point weekend after contributing three assists including a game-winning helper in Friday's semifinal victory ... Northeastern's Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) received the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award on Saturday, March 19. Coyne finished the season with 84 points (50g, 34a) and rewrote the Hockey East record books, ultimately claiming most career points (167), career goals (91), single-season points (55), single-season goals (30), points per game (2.39) and goals per game (1.30). The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award went to a Hockey East player for the second consecutive season and it marked the fourth-time that a current Hockey East institution earned the honor. Previous winners include Brandy Fisher (1998, New Hampshire), Brooke Whitney (2002, Northeastern), and Carpenter (2015, BC) ... Nine Hockey East players, past and present, will compete in the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championships held March 28 through April 4 in Kamloops, B.C. Players include defensemen Kacey Bellamy, Keller, and Emily Pfalzer and forwards Carpenter, Coyne, Amanda Pelkey, Skarupa, Kelli Stack, and Dana Trivigno. Boston College is represented by six skaters and New Hampshire, Northeastern, and Vermont each have one representative.
Megan Keller, BC (So., D; Farmington Hills, Mich.) picked up two assists, one in each game of the 2016 Women's Frozen Four, to help the Eagles in their run to the title game. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Makenna Newkirk, BC (Fr., F; Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored the lone goal for the Eagles in the national championship game against Minnesota.
Katie Burt, BC (So., G; Lynn, Mass.) made 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Clarkson in the Women's Frozen Four to backstop the Eagles to the national title game. The second-year goaltender made 31 saves in the championship game, but ultimately Boston College fell to Minnesota, 3-1, in the final game of the year.
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Kaliya Johnson, BC (Sr., D; Chandler, Ariz.) Scored the game-tying goal in the NCAA semifinals with just 3:53 remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Haley Skarupa, BC (Sr., F; Rockville, Md.) Netted her 35th goal of the year in overtime against Clarkson in the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, pushing the Eagles into the national title game. Was named to the 2016 All-Tournament Team.
Kendall Coyne, NU (Sr., F; Palos Heights, Ill.) Named the winner of the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Saturday morning.