|1st||0:50||BC||1-0||EV||Alex Carpenter (42)||Kenzie Kent/27, Haley Skarupa/42|
|1st||16:54||BC||2-0||EV GW||Tori Sullivan (8)||Haley Skarupa/43, Megan Keller/37|
|2nd||12:51||BC||3-0||EV||Haley Skarupa (33)||Alex Carpenter/42, Grace Bizal/11|
|3rd||1:54||BC||4-0||EV||Tori Sullivan (9)||Meghan Grieves/13|
|3rd||17:46||BC||5-0||SH EN||Alex Carpenter (43)||Haley Skarupa/44, Megan Keller/38|
|3rd||18:20||NOE||1-5||PP||Kendall Coyne (50)||Hayley Scamurra/29, Brittany Bugalski/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (39-0-0)||0/6||3/6||1|
|Brittany Bugalski (L, 20-8-1)||59:44||4||13||15||6||34|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Burt (W, 34-0-0)||59:21||1||10||6||5||21|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 1 Boston College women's hockey team punched its ticket to the program's sixth Frozen Four in program history - and its fifth in the last six seasons - with a 5-1 win over No. 6 Northeastern today at Kelley Rink. The victory sent the Eagles through to the national semifinals next Friday, where they will face Clarkson, who upset No. 4 Quinnipiac, 1-0, on the road earlier today.
Tori Sullivan scored two goals in today's win, converting one each in the first and second periods. For the second game in a row, the duo of Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa combined on multiple goals for the Eagles. Carpenter netted two goals and added an assist, while Skarupa added on goal and collected three assists.
Boston College is now 39-0-0 on the season and has collected the second-most wins in a campaign in NCAA history.
2016 NCAA Tournament | Quarterfinal Round
#1 Boston College 5, Northeastern 1
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Kelley Rink at Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Boston College advanced to its sixth Frozen Four in program history (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and fifth in the last six seasons
- Alex Carpenter netted two goals and added an assist for the second game in a row, while Haley Skarupa scored one goal and added three assists for the second time in as many games
- Tori Sullivan scored two goals for the second time this season against Northeastern
- Megan Keller became the first defenseman in program history to record 50 points in a season with her two-assist effort
Boston College head coach Katie Crowley
"I can't say enough about how our team performed under those circumstances. I thought, after the first little bit with a few jitters there, we really started playing the way we normally play. I'm really proud of them and what they've accomplished this year and I hope it continues next weekend."
"We just tried to stay within ourselves and not get too excited and not get too down about anything. That's been the focus the last couple of weeks for us. You can get really excited in these big games and be too nervous or too antsy with the puck. Our players adjusted well and were able to stay calm, stay cool and be collected when they were in pressure situations."
"(The third line has) been unbelievable. They've sparked our team at times when we were just a little flat. They give us some energy. They're fast, they're quick and they play the game the right way - the way we ask them to play. I was happy to see that they were able to put two in today, that Tori (Sullivan) was able to put two in today. I've talked about it before. She got put into center halfway through this year. I think she's done a tremendous job against any line that's come up against her. Overall, that line knows how to spark energy and get our team going and they're huge in that."
Boston College forward Tori Sullivan
"We were able to get lines out there right away and keep our feet moving. And it's always nice that we can get three lines rolling because we're so deep, keep pressure on them and get offensive opportunities on three lines. It really helps out with the flow of the game, and we're able to capitalize on their mistakes and get a couple in."
Boston College defenseman Megan Keller
"We try not worry about individual players, but (Kendall Coyne) is one you kind of have to look out for. Her speed. We talked about staying with her, always having an eye out for her and skating with her."
"We have some great forwards up there that can score goals, but we tried to get rebounds out there so any shot from the point is always good."
HOW IT HAPPENED
1st, 00:50 // 1-0 - BC GOAL - On a line change, Kenzie Kent played the puck up through center ice to Alex Carpenter. Carpenter skated in and put a sinking wrist shot on target, and the puck found space between Husky goaltender Brittany Bugalski's pads as she slid backwards. Originally credited to Megan Keller who came in hard on the play, Carpenter netted her 42nd goal of the season.
1st, 16:54 // 2-0 - BC GOAL - On another line change, Keller played Haley Skarupa up through the neutral zone and into the NU end. The goaltender made the save in Skarupa's shot, but the rebound landed right in front just beyond her diving reach, allowing Tori Sullivan to drive in hard and poke it home for the 2-0 lead.
2nd, 12:51 // 3-0 - BC GOAL - Grace Bizal played it up along the boards to Alex Carpenter, who skated in and picked up Skarupa trailing the play. Carpenter laid the puck off to Skarupa coming in through the slot where she got off a wrister that beat Bulgalski blocker side for the 3-0 lead.
3rd, 1:54 // 4-0 - BC GOAL - Sullivan broke up NU's entry pass just inside the Eagles' blue line, turned around and started a 3-on-2 with Meghan Grieves leading the way through neutral ice. Grieves ripped a shot from near the edge of the faceoff circle and Bulgalski made the save but left the rebound right in front as Sullivan again came in and potted it home.
3rd, 17:46 // 5-0 - BC GOAL (SHG ENG) - With Bulgalski out of the net and the Huskies benefitting from two extra attackers on the ice because of a power-play, Keller broke up the play deep in the Eagles' zone and pushed the puck up ahead to Skarupa. Skarupa then sent the puck cross-ice and deep into Northeastern's end, where Carpenter skated in, picked up the rebound off the boards and put hard-angled shot on target for the shorthanded, empty-net goal.
3rd, 18:20 // 5-1 - NU GOAL (PPG) - Kendall Coyne scored her 50th goal of the season and Northeastern's only goal of the game when she collected Hayley Scamurra's pass in the NU end and skated into the BC zone down the boards, cut inside and ripped a high shot past Katie Burt with less than 2:00 to play.
- BC has advanced to its sixth Frozen Four in program history and its fifth in the last six seasons
- The Eagles are now 6-3 in NCAA quarterfinal round matches, including a 5-0 mark at home in those games
- Boston College is now 39-0-0 on the season and is just the second team in NCAA history to enter the Frozen Four with a perfect record (Minnesota, 2012-13)
- The team's 39 wins are second-most in a season in NCAA history, behind the 2012-13 Minnesota team's 41 wins (41-0-0 on the season)
- With 583 points on the season, BC has set a new NCAA record for points in a campaign, passing Minnesota Duluth's mark of 579 in 2002-03
- The Eagles have now also scored 209 goals this season, the fifth highest season total in NCAA history ... the Wisconsin 2010-11 team is in fourth place with 212 goals
- The Eagles capped their home schedule this season with a perfect 19-0-0 record for the second straight year ... BC is now undefeated in its last 52 home games (51-0-1), including 46 straight wins dating back to the 2013-14 season
- BC went 5-0-0 against Northeastern this season, out-scoring the Huskies 27-7 on the year
- Boston College saw a potential second-period power-play goal by Carpenter called back after Keller skated into the zone offside
- The Eagles' first goal - tallied :50 into the game - was its fastest goal of the season, beating the previous best by one second (Keller, :51 at Maine on Dec. 6)
- Boston College was held scoreless on six power-play chances ... it was the first time that BC was held scoreless on the power-play when they had at least one man-advantage since Feb. 14 (0-for-1 at Vermont), a span of six games
- BC surrendered its first non-conference power-play goal of the season tonight, coming with just 1:40 left in the game ... BC was 45-for-45 on the PK in non-conference until that goal
- With three points today, Alex Carpenter pushed her season scoring total to 85 points and reclaimed the national scoring lead from Northeastern's Kendall Coyne (84 points), whose season is complete
- Carpenter now has a program-record 43 goals to go with her 42 assists, which are second-most nationally ... her 85 points represent a single-season program record and the 10th-highest single-season point total in NCAA history
- Carpenter also recorded her 275th career point today with her second goal of the game ... Carpenter's 133 career goals rank fifth in NCAA history
- Alex Carpenter became the first Boston College women's hockey player to advance to the Frozen Four in all four of her collegiate seasons ... with this year's ticket punched, she will have been in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, taking the 2013-14 academic year off to play with Team USA at the Sochi Olympics
- Carpenter also recorded her fourth shorthanded goal of the season today, the second-highest total nationally this year ... it was her 10th career shorthanded goal, and she is now tied with Haley Skarupa for third on the BC career chart
- Haley Skarupa has eight points in the last two games: two goals, six assists ... she has back-to-back four-point efforts ... on the season, she has six games with four or more points
- Skarupa now has a career-best 77 points on the season from 33 goals and a nation-leading 44 assists
- Skarupa now has 242 career points, tied with Minnesota's Amanda Kessel for 12th-most in NCAA history entering the evening's NCAA Quarterfinal games
- Tori Sullivan netted her eighth and ninth goals of the season to push her season scoring total to 26 points (9-17-26)
- This was Sullivan's second multiple-goal game this season, both coming against Northeastern (also on Nov. 20 in the Eagles' 4-2 win at Kelley Rink)
- Megan Keller collected two assists to push her season scoring total to 50 points (12 goals, 38 assists) ...she is the first defenseman in BC program history to record 50 points in a season
- Keller's 38 assists have tied Carpenter's school record for sophomore assists ... Carpenter had 38 assists in 2012-13, the season before playing with Team USA at the Sochi Olympics
- Keller's 38 assists rank fourth nationally among all players
- Keller now has 74 career points: 16 goals, 58 assists ... with one more point this season, she would become the 27th player in program history to reach 75 career points and the fifth player this season
- Keller's 58 career assists now ranks third on the BC defenseman career assists chart, behind Emily Pfalzer '15 (79) and Lexi Bender '16 (75) ... she jumped Carroll McCaffrey (57) today
- Katie Burt moved to 7-0-0 in her career against Northeastern, including five wins this season ... overall in her career, Burt is now 64-3-2 and a perfect 34-0-0 this season
- Grace Bizal picked up her 11th assist of the season from the blue line on Skarupa's goals ... all of her points this season have come via assists
- Kenzie Kent recorded her 27th assist this season on Carpenter's first goal ... she pushed her season scoring line to 42 points (16 goals, 27 assists) ... that assist was also her 80th career point
- Meghan Grieves notched her 13th assist on the season ... it was her 45th career point
- Dana Trivigno was whistled for her 102nd career penalty today, third-most in program history ... with two more penalty minutes today, Trivigno now sits in second place on the BC career penalty minutes chart with 212, passing Becky Zavisza '10 (210) today
1. Tori Sullivan, BC
2. Alex Carpenter, BC
3. Megan Keller, BC
Boston College: 39-0-0
The Eagles will next play in the national semifinals in the 2016 Frozen Four, where they will face Clarkson on Friday, March 18. The game time will be set later tonight at the conclusion of the quarterfinal rounds, and will either be at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. The Frozen Four is being hosted by the University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.