The BC hockey ladies, the number one team in the nation for two months running, have set a program record with 20 wins in a row.
They accomplished the historic feat by sweeping their weekend series on the road with the Vermont Catamounts. On Sunday afternoon, Boston College pitched their second shutout over the Catamounts in as many days.
This one was a 2-0 victory to complete the sweep. Though the BC hockey ladies came away with six goals in two games — about half their season average for goals per game — the two shutouts in consecutive games made it all work. Eagles goalie Katie Burt gained her sixth shutout of the season.
The Eagles’ overall record now is 22-0-1, unbeaten in 23 consecutive games. It is a virtual certainty that Boston College will retain their unanimous number one position next week.
Boston College’s goals were scored in the second and third periods, respectively. Meghan Grieves put the Eagles on top by a score of 1-0 in the second, while Kenzie Kent scored an empty-netter inside the final minute to seal the victory. Alex Carpenter, the nation’s leader in points, had an assist on Kent’s goal.
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Shots on goal were truly lopsided: Boston College had a 51 to 13 advantage. The Eagles had 17 shots on the net in each period of the game, even outshooting Vermont 17 to 1 in the first. Give some due credit to the Catamounts goalie: Madison Litchfield made 49 saves in a hard-luck loss. Burt only had to stop 13 shots, but did so.
What the ladies’ hockey team is doing is truly extraordinary. Even when they do not seem to be playing their best, they find ways to win — though most of their victories have been in blowout fashion.
The BC hockey ladies will briefly exit Hockey East play for their next game, hosting Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink.