BC Eagles Extend Unbeaten Streak with Convincing Victory over Clarkson

Mark StaffieriContributor IIJanuary 4, 2013

Image courtesy of BC Eagles Athletics
Image courtesy of BC Eagles Athletics

As both programs participated in their first contest of 2013, it was the Boston College Eagles that climbed out to an early lead. Heading into the game, the Eagles were ranked fifth in the national polls with a record of 11-3-2. Facing off against the second ranked Clarkson Golden Knights (15-3-0 record in first half of season), it would be a huge test for the Eagles.

Without Erin Ambrose and Jamie Lee Rattray (who are both competing for Canada in the 2013 Meco Cup), Clarkson was without two of their highest-scoring players. Boston College exploited this opportunity as Dru Burns, Dana Trivigno, Emily Field and phenomenal rookie Haley Skarupa each logged two points in a 5-1 road win at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y.

The first period saw the Eagles take a 2-0 lead. Only one minute into the game, Emily Pfalzer scored on a power play as Clarkson’s Vanessa Plante was serving a hooking penalty. The 11:23 mark in the first frame found Dana Trivigno beating Erica Howe for her ninth marker of the season. Although BC outshot Clarkson by an 11-9 mark, Corinne Boyles was tested as Clarkson had a 5-on-3 power play for 90 seconds. A hooking penalty to Kate Leary (hooking at 12:26) was followed by a cross-checking penalty to Lexi Bender a mere 26 seconds afterwards.

Boyles remained strong in the second period as the Eagles were plagued by penalty problems. The first six minutes of the second stanza found holding penalties issued to Dana Trivigno and Dru Burns. At 12:05 of the second, Lexi Bender would get her second penalty of the game (she was also penalized at the 12:52 mark of the first), forcing Boyles to neutralize another Clarkson power play. Clarkson shot at Boyles 11 times in the second stanza.

Although BC encountered penalty problems in the first and second periods, the third period would see Clarkson serving time in the penalty box. Rookie sensation Shannon MacAulay was given a hooking penalty at the 41-second mark, and it set the tone for the rest of the period. With Vanessa Plante, of Clarkson, serving a checking penalty (at 3:35), Taylor Wasylk scored her ninth goal of the season on a power play to provide the Eagles with a commanding 3-0 lead.

After close to ten minutes of scoreless play, Shelby Nisbet got Clarkson on the scoreboard. Vanessa Gagnon and Brittany Styner assisted on her goal (scored at 13:36 in the third).  Despite the belief that Clarkson could come back, the momentum evaporated very quickly. Thirty-three seconds after Nisbet’s fourth goal of the season, Clarkson’s Vanessa Plante was called for an interference penalty, her second of the period.

With another power play opportunity, Boston College capitalized and took a 4-1 lead on a goal by Ashley Motherwell. Penalty problems had nullified any opportunity that Clarkson had of mounting a comeback. As the lead was now insurmountable, Melissa Bizzari added an insurance marker at the 17:12 mark.

Corinne Boyles won her 10th straight game in the defeat of Clarkson. In addition, Alex Carpenter’s assist in the third period extended her point scoring streak to 15 games. In that time span, Carpenter has accumulated an amazing 26 points. Carpenter also won 15 of 20 faceoffs, while Dana Trivigno prevailed in 16 of her 20 faceoffs.