WOMEN'S HOCKEY: BC Shuts Down Dartmouth
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 09:10
The Boston College women’s hockey had a busy week on the ice, but the loaded schedule didn’t stop the Eagles from pulling off a 7-2 win in their final game of the week over Dartmouth.
“We’ve had quite a few games here in not a lot of days … it was a lot to ask for our kids, especially this early in the season ‘cause you’re not quite in game shape,” said head coach Katie King Crowley.
The Eagles had a rough start, as the Big Green scored just over one minute into the game. Lindsey Allen took the puck in stride, hitting BC goalie Megan Miller in the arm. The puck then snuck between the arm and body of Miller and wound up giving Dartmouth an early 1-0 lead.
The Eagles outshot the Big Green 6-5, but their attempts were fruitless as BC remained scoreless throughout the entire first period. Dartmouth goalie Holdcroft had an impressive six saves against the Eagles, and Miller was not far behind with four.
The second period was extremely different from the first, as the Eagles came out shooting and scoring from the start. Sophomore Haley Skarupa started the BC rally with a goal just three minutes into the start of the second period.
Dartmouth’s offense responded immediately on a power play with another goal by Allen.
Freshman Kristyn Capizzano tied it up for the Eagles with a clear shot with 12 minutes left to play in the second period. She was assisted by Kate Leary and Melissa Bizzari. Their offensive efforts didn’t relent, and halfway through the period, the Eagles were outshooting Dartmouth 12-6.
Junior Emily Field’s goal off the rebound eight minutes into the period put BC up 3-2. She was assisted by Dana Trivigno and Emily Pfalzer—marking Field’s first of two goals in the second period of play.
As BC took the lead, it was evident that the game had changed from a defensive battle to an offensive one dominated by the Eagles. A set of back-to-back goals by Taylor Wasylk and Leary put BC up 5-2 with just under three minutes left to play in the second period. The momentum was with the Eagles as they managed to tear down the previously solid defense of Dartmouth.
Adding to BC’s three-point lead was Emily Field with her second goal of the game. Just a minute after Leary made the score 5-2, Field was assisted by Trivigno and Skarupa to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Eagles. Not only was this Field’s second goal of the game, it was her second goal within a mere six minutes in the second period. This also marked Trivigno’s second assist of the game.
The second period came to a close with BC dominating by a score of 6-2. The second 20 minutes of the game was filled with offensive strikes by the Eagles, as they finished the period with a shot count of 16—more than twice that of Dartmouth which managed to fire off only a mere six. Miller held the Big Green to only one successful goal attempt in the second period, with a total of four saves up until that point.
The Eagles shut down Dartmouth’s offense completely in the third period. While they took 11 shots in the last 20 minutes of play, Miller did not let down her wall of defense as she saved each and every one, giving her a total of 15 saves.
The Eagles’ offense was not satisfied with the 6-2 lead, as they scored one final goal with just under 13 minutes left to play in the game. The goal was scored by freshman Andie Anastos and assisted by Wasylk. Anastos finished the game with one goal and one assist.
As the clock wound down to the final second, the scoreboard read 7-2 in favor of BC. Despite a slow offensive start, the Eagles dominated the ice in the second and third periods with a total of 24 shots. They walked away with their second win of the weekend, standing 5-1-0 total on the year. Dartmouth was forced to leave Kelley Rink with a losing record of 0-1-0.
This was the fifth game for BC played over the span of one week.
“I thought the kids did a great job today of coming back and learning from the mistakes that we made on Wednesday, and learning from the mistakes we made [against Yale],” Crowley said.