|1st||2:27||CLK||1-0||EV||Rhyen McGill (14)||Geneviève Bannon/27, Savannah Harmon/18|
|2nd||5:29||CLK||2-0||EV||Cayley Mercer (25)||Kelly Mariani/9|
|2nd||14:32||BC||1-2||EV||Haley Skarupa (34)||Alex Carpenter/43, Lexi Bender/27|
|3rd||16:07||BC||2-2||EV||Kaliya Johnson (4)||Megan Keller/39, Alex Carpenter/44|
|OT||0:58||BC||3-2||EV GW||Haley Skarupa (35)||Alex Carpenter/45, Kenzie Kent/28|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (40-0-0)||0/7||5/10||0|
|Shea Tiley (L, 27-5-5)||60:58||3||13||11||5||0||29|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Katie Burt (W, 35-0-0)||60:58||2||10||7||16||1||34|
DURHAM, N.H. -The No. 1 Boston College women's hockey team took one more step toward history when it claimed a spot in its first-ever National Championship game behind Haley Skarupa's game-winning goal in overtime against No. 4 Clarkson on Saturday evening.
Skarupa's goal was her second of the game as the Eagles battled back from a 0-2 deficit 5:30 into the second period. Skarupa pulled BC within one goal at 14:32 of the second before Kaliya Johnson netted the game-tying goal with just 3:53 to play, sending the game to overtime - only after the Eagles had to kill an Alex Carpenter penalty whistled with just 2:06 left in regulation.
BC killed the Clarkson man-advantage and sent the game into sudden-victory overtime, where Carpenter combined with Skarupa for the game-winning tally just :58 into the extra session.
2016 NCAA Tournament | Semifinal Round
#1 Boston College 3, #4 Clarkson 2 (OT)
Friday, March 18, 2016
Whittemore Center, Durham, N.H.
- Boston College will play in its first-ever national championship game on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m., when they will face the winner of the Wisconsin-Minnesota semifinal which followed BC's game
- The Eagles claimed their spot with their second overtime win of the season
- Haley Skarupa scored two goals, including the game-winner
- Alex Carpenter assisted on all three BC goals
- Katie Burt made a 34 saves - including 16 in the third period - to back the win in net
HOW IT HAPPENED
1st, 2:27 // 0-1 - CLARKSON GOAL - Genevieve Bannon skated deep into the Eagles' zone down the right wing and the sent a centering pass in for Rhyen McGill coming hard in the slot. Her one-touch re-direction found space under Katie Burt and gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.
2nd, 5:29 // 0-2 - CLARKSON GOAL - Cayley Mercer pulled the puck off the halfboards and skated through the faceoff circle, firing a wrister high past Burt for the 2-0 lead.
2nd, 14:32 // 1-2 - BC GOAL - Haley Skarupa came in to punch in the rebound of a Carpenter shot on the delayed penalty. Carpenter was taken down on the edge of the crease, sending the Eagles on the penalty on the ensuing faceoff. Lexi Bender started the play when she carried the puck in and dumped it low where Carpenter picked it up and got a shot off on Clarkson goaltender Shea Tiley.
3rd, 16:07 // 2-2 - BC GOAL - Kaliya Johnson got ahold of Megan Keller's centering pass from behind the goal and threw the puck on net. Her shot threaded through traffic where it found space along the ice on Tiley's stick side. Alex Carpenter was also credited with an assist on the play, sending it deep to Keller down low.
OT, 00:58 // 3-2 - BC GOAL - Kenzie Kent gained possession and skated deep into the Clarkson zone. The Golden Knights wrestled away possession momentarily before Carpenter stole the puck back and came up along the half wall where she fired a quick, hard centering pass to Skarupa streaming in. Skarupa fired a snapshot off and beat Tiley low on her stick side for the game-winning goal.
- Boston College will play for its first-ever national championship on Sunday ... it will be the Eagles' first-ever appearance in the national championship game
- The Eagles are now 7-7 in NCAA Tournament play in program history ... tonight marked the team's first-ever win in the semifinal round ... BC is now 1-5 in the penultimate round
- The Eagles earned their 40th win of the season, the most in program history and the second-most in NCAA history in a single season
- Clarkson's first-period goal marked just the fifth time this season an BC opponent scored first in a game ... it was also the fastest an opponent scored first this season, beating Northeastern's Kendall Coyne who struck at 3:21 of the first on Nov. 20
- Today marked the first time this season the Eagles trailed at the first intermission. The Eagles led in 32 games, and teams were tied in seven games
- This was just the third time this season - and first time since Jan. 15 - that BC was held scoreless in the first period
- Cayley Mercer's goal in the second period marked the first time this season BC trailed by two goals ... all season, BC's largest deficit was just one goal
- Boston College trailed headed into the third period for the first time this season
- This was just Boston College's second overtime game this season ... the Eagles' last OT game was on Nov. 10, when BC topped Boston University, 4-3, at home
- BC is now 2-0-0 this season in overtime games
- With 592 points on the season, BC has extended its NCAA record for points in a campaign, originally held by Minnesota Duluth's 2002-03 squad with 579
- With 212 goals this season, the Eagles have scored the fourth-most goals in a season in NCAA history, matching the 2010-11 Wisconsin squad's total.
- BC allowed 16 shots in the third period, the team's most-allowed in a frame this season without allowing a goal
- Haley Skarupa notched two goals to push her season total to 35 goals ... that is a new career-best for the senior and the third-most in NCAA play this season
- Alex Carpenter collected assists on all three BC goals, including primary helpers on both of Skarupa's goals ... she now has 45 assists on the season, a new school single-season record and the most in the NCAA so far this season
- Skarupa and Carpenter have combined on both of the Eagles' overtime goals this season ... on Nov. 10, Skarupa set up Carpenter for the game-winner against Boston University, and Carpenter set up Skarupa tonight
- Carpenter pushed her season point total to 88 games, extending her own school record ... she leads the nation in scoring and her 88 points are tied for seventh-most in a single season in NCAA history, matching Jenny Potter (Minnesota Duluth) who scored 88 in 2002-03
- Lexi Bender recorded her career-best 27th assist on Skarupa's second-period goal
- Bender's assist marked her 95th career point and her 76th career assist ... she is ranked second in BC defensemen career points and assists, and is also now alone in eighth in assists on the overall BC assist chart, passing Mary Restuccia '12 (75)
- Kaliya Johnson's goal was her fourth goal of the season and the seventh goal of her career ... it was her first goal since Feb. 2 in the first round of the Beanpot against Harvard
- Megan Keller was credited with an assist on Johnson's third-period goal, her 39th assist of the season, the fifth highest single-season total in program history
- Alex Carpenter was whistled for her third penalty of the season with just over 2:00 left in the third period ... it was her first penalty since Oct. 24.
- Katie Burt's 34 saves were the second-most in her career behind the 36 she made in a 6-1 win at Northeastern on Nov. 28 ... included were 16 saves in the third period in which BC was out-shot 16-6
- Dana Trivigno was whistled for her 103nd career penalty today, third-most in program history ... with two more penalty minutes today, Trivigno now sits in second place on the BC career penalty minutes chart with 214, five minutes back of career leader Mary Restuccia '12 (219)
Boston College: 40-0-0
Boston College will face the winner of the No. 2 Wisconsin-No. 3 Minnesota semifinal on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. The game will again be played at UNH's Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. NCAA.com will stream the game live, while CBS will air the game in its entirety on tape-delayed basis on Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m.