Usually things aren’t as simple as teams’ win-loss records, but in Hockey East they pretty much are. Boston College is the clear power, making a mockery of Hockey East and coming within a Beanpot loss to Harvard of going undefeated. Most of their games weren’t particularly close either, even against Hockey East’s other top teams, averaging a 5-1 game in those matchups.
The question is largely who they’ll play in the championship. Boston University is better than Northeastern, but in a single elimination tournament, anything can happen. The average shot tally was 38-34 Boston University in their three games so these two teams can get into playing run-and-gun hockey pretty quickly. Whoever gets Coyne or Poulin the most help will likely emerge victorious.
Players to Watch:
Alex Carpenter, Boston College (C) – The Olympian has been BC’s best player for most of the season (with apologies to Emily Pfalzer and Haley Skarupa). She led the NCAA in goals (33), assists (42), and points (75) and is the key to a potent BC attack.
Haley Skarupa, Boston College (RW) – Skarupa came in right behind her teammate Carpenter with 29 goals and 35 assists, good for 3rd in the NCAA in scoring.
Emily Pfalzer, Boston College (D) – Pfalzer’s accomplishments are long and many, beginning with an Assistant Captaincy of the US U-18 team as a 14 year old and currently including her Captaincy of this Boston College squad. The NCAA leader for points for a defender (41) and 13th in points overall, Pfalzer is a factor at both ends of the ice.
Marie-Philip Poulin, Boston University (F) – The Olympian and United States heartbreaker (she had the game tying goal at Sochi), Poulin is perhaps the most talented player in the NCAA.
Kendall Coyne, Northeastern, (RW) – Kendall Coyne is a force of nature. The USA’s leading scorer in Sochi tallied 239 shots this season, over 60 more than second place. She has 31 shots through three playoff games, also first by a wide margin. Boston University might be significantly better than Northeastern, but no one is better than Kendall Coyne.
Sarah McDonnell, Connecticut (LW) – The left winger was the only UConn player to top 100 shots on the season and leads the team in scoring in the playoffs.