AROUND HOCKEY EAST: No. 1 Boston College will face Hockey East opponent Northeastern in the NCAA Quarterfinal round this Saturday at 1:00pm. Hockey East Coach of the Year Katie Crowley and the BC Eagles are 38-0-0 after blanking Boston University, 5-0, to clinch their second Hockey East Tournament title in program history ... Boston College was led by tournament MVP and Patty Kazmaier Top-3 finalist Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.). Carpenter collected five points over the weekend (3g, 2a) including a game-winning mark on Saturday and a game-winning assist in Sunday's title game. Three of her five points came on the power-play ... Netminder and Hockey East Goaltending Champion Katie Burt (Lynn, Mass.) posted a 25-save shutout to help BC defeat the Terriers in the championship ... Rookie of the Year Makenna Newkirk (Scottsdale, Ariz.) helped on three Eagles goals on the weekend, two of which were game-winning assists ... Three Eagles were named to the all-tournament team including top-10 Patty Kazmaier finalists Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) and Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.) ... Skarupa extended her point streak to 14 games, the longest point streak in Hockey East this season ... Boston University upset Northeastern to advance to the championship game for the fifth consecutive season. Terriers goaltender Erin O'Neil (Minnetonka, Minn.), defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, N.S.) and forward Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont.) were also named to the all-tournament team. O'Neil posted at least 40 saves in both games, including a 54-save performance in the semifinals to lift the Terriers past Northeastern, 4-3 ... On Saturday, Crossley notched the game-winning short-handed goal and added two assists for a 1-2--3 performance while Bach contributed a goal and a game-winning helper ... Northeastern fell to Boston University in the semifinal round, but still received an at-large bid from the NCAA to advance to the national tournament. Sophomore Shelby Herrington (Bow, N.H.) netted two goals for the Huskies and second team all star Denisa Krížová (Horní Cerekev, Czech) chipped in on two of the three goals ... UConn fell to eventual champion Boston College in the semifinal in a 4-2 decision. The Huskies were able to tie the game at two with help from Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) (2a) before BC pulled ahead in the third period ... The Eagles and Huskies will meet in the NCAA Quarterfinals as BC draws the No. 1 overall seed. It will be the fifth meeting of the two squads in 2015-16 and the first time ever that two Hockey East teams will clash in the quarterfinal round of the national tournament. The pairing ensures that Hockey East will be represented in the Women's Frozen Four, March 18-20 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.
Alex Carpenter (Sr., F; North Reading, Mass.) was named the MVP of the 14th annual women's Hockey East Tournament after leading her team to the second title in program history. Carpenter collected five points (3g, 2a) in last weekend's semifinal and final, including the game-winner in the semifinals and assisting on the decisive goal in the title game.
Makenna Newkirk (Fr., F; Scottsdale, Ariz.) assisted on three goals in the final weekend of Women's Hockey East play, setting up each game-winning goal as the Eagles captured the second Women's Hockey East Tournament title in program history. Newkirk was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year on Friday.
Katie Burt, BC (So., G; Lynn, Mass.) set a new program record of 33 season wins, passing her own mark from last season. The sophomore netminder picked up a league best 1.00 goals against average in the two Eagles victories to backbone BC to the second Hockey East Tournament title, including a 25-save shutout in the championship game.
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Haley Skarupa, BC (Sr., F; Rockville, Md.) Displayed a 1-3--4 performance in the title game to help BC to it's second title in program history; Extended her point streak to 14 games and was named a member of the all-tournament team.
Megan Keller, BC (So., D; Farmington Hills, Mich.) Dished out two assists in the WHEA title game, earning a spot on the all-tournament team and was named the league's best defenseman last week.
Kenzie Kent, BC (So., F; Norwell, Mass.) Collected four points in two games including a 1-2--3 performance in the championship and a game-winning helper in the semifinal.
Victoria Bach, BU (So., F; Milton, Ont.) Tallied a goal and an assist in the semifinals to help lift the Terriers to their fifth consecutive championship appearance; Named a member of the all-tournament team.
Alexis Crossley, BU (Jr., D; Cole Harbour, N.S.) Netted the game-winning short-handed goal in the semifinal win against Northeastern; Named a member of the all-tournament team.
Erin O'Neil, BU (So., G; Minnetonka, Minn.) Named to the all-tournament team after stopping 97 shots in two games during the WHEA championship weekend, bringing her postseason total to 182 saves, a single-tournament record.
Kendall Coyne, NU (Sr., F; Palos Heights, Ill.) Was named Warrior Hockey East Player of the Year Friday night, winning the Cammi Granato Award for the first time. She dished out one assist in Saturday's semifinal setback to Boston University.