WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Freshmen Defenders Shine In Exhibition
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
The Boston College women’s hockey team showed why it’s ranked No. 2 in the preseason with a 2-0 win over the University of Western Ontario at BU’s Walter Brown Arena on Saturday.
The Eagles used the exhibition game as a chance to play some of their freshmen and showed a physical, defensive style of play that they hope to carry over to the regular season.
BC started off the scoring early, when freshman Haley McLean scored just 17 seconds into the game. McLean took a pass from junior Emily Field at the edge of the circle in front of the net and fired a shot into the top corner.
The Mustangs looked better after the initial let down, matching the Eagles in shots through the first period at 9-9. Senior goalie Corinne Boyles started the game for BC and played the first period, stopping all the shots she saw on her abbreviated day.
The second and third period saw the Eagles completely dominate play despite not being able to add to their lead. BC missed on several good chances and Western Ontario never really threatened for the second two periods. After matching BC 9-9 in shots in the first period, the Mustangs were outshot 31-8 for the last 40 minutes and were lucky not to see the Eagles increase their lead.
BC did finally get its second goal with just eight seconds remaining in the game when sophomore Haley Skarupa netted an empty net goal to put the game away for good.
Kelly Campbell played well for the Mustangs, stopping 38 of the 39 shots she faced while in the game. Megan Miller played the last two periods for BC and had no problems with the eight shots she saw on the day.
Special teams were a mixed bag for BC, as they were perfect on the penalty kill but unable to cash in on the power play. The Eagles shut down Western Ontario on all seven of their power play opportunities but went 0-5 on the man advantage.
One storyline for the early season will be how the freshmen can play, particularly on the defensive end.
Head coach Katie King Crowley gave a lot of ice time to Lauren Wedell and Julie Fish, the two players who will be tasked with stepping in for Blake Bolden and Dru Burns, both of whom graduated last season.
The two played well for their first live action, helping to shut down the Mustangs offense for the game.
The Eagles will return to action on Oct. 6, when they open up regular season play by hosting Maine. The Eagles had no problems with Maine last season, beating them easily all three times that they played.