Boston College Clinches Share Of Regular Season Crown With 5-3 Win Over Northeastern
Freshman forward Makenna Newkirk has two goals and assist for Eagles; BC Earns Share of Regular-Season Title, No. 1 Tournament Seed

Freshman forward Makenna Newkirk had two goals and an assist for the Eagles
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:34  NOE1-0 PP Denisa Křížová (17)Kendall Coyne/30
1st 11:38  BC1-1 PP Haley Skarupa (26)Megan Keller/28, Makenna Newkirk/20
2nd 8:04  NOE2-1 EV Kendall Coyne (40)Hayley Scamurra/25, Lauren Kelly/16
2nd 14:33  BC2-2 EV Makenna Newkirk (17)Dana Trivigno/24
2nd 16:31  BC3-2 PP Makenna Newkirk (18)Alex Carpenter/33, Kenzie Kent/21
2nd 17:10  NOE3-3 EV Kendall Coyne (41) -
2nd 19:58  BC4-3 PP GW Kenzie Kent (11)Haley Skarupa/32, Alex Carpenter/34
3rd 19:30  BC5-3 EV EN Alex Carpenter (37)Haley Skarupa/33, Kaliya Johnson/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  1203
Boston College  1315
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  1110930
Boston College  20131144
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (25-6-1)  1/3 6/15 0
Boston College (31-0-0)  3/5 4/8 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brittany Bugalski (L, 18-5-1)59:134 19101039
Empty Net0:471     
Boston College Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Katie Burt (W, 26-0-0)59:493 108927
Empty Net0:110     

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 1 Boston College women's hockey team clinched the top seed in the Hockey East tournament and at least a share of the conference's regular-season title with today's 5-3 win over No. 6 Northeastern at Kelley Rink.

BC battled back from two one-goal deficits and three ties before Kenzie Kent's power-play goal - the team's third of the game - gave the Eagles their first lead at 19:58 of the second. Three different players recorded three points in the win: Makenna Newkirk (two goals, one assist), Alex Carpenter (one goal, two assists) and Haley Skarupa (one goal, two assists).

The win pushed BC's overall record to 31-0-0 on the season and 21-0-0 in Hockey East play.

#1 Boston College 5, Northeastern 3
Friday, February 12, 2016
Kelley Rink at Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.


- BC overcame two one-goal deficits and three ties in the game before taking the lead for good with :02 left in the second period

- The win secured the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East tournament for the Eagles, and also ensured BC will own at least a share of the 2015-16 Hockey East regular-season crown. Boston College just needs one point from its last three games to claim the title outright for the third straight season.

- With 21 conferences wins this season, the Eagles set a new Hockey East record for regular-season league wins. The previous mark was 20, reached by two teams, including BC's 2014-15 squad

- Makenna Newkirk notched her second three-point game in a row - and her third in four games - with her two-goal, one-assist performance

- Alex Carpenter pushed her season scoring total to 71 points with three points today - one goal and two assists

- Haley Skarupa moved her season scoring line to 59 points with her three-point effort from one goal and two assists


Boston College head coach Katie Crowley
"I knew it's tough to come from such a high-emotion game on Tuesday (in the Beanpot final). We had a day off, a practice and then another tough game against that same team. I was really impressed with how well our kids handled themselves in this game. I thought we held it together pretty good. It was a chippy game and it was a little bit chaotic out there, but I thought the team really handled it well. To come away with a 5-3 win is great."

"We're going to focus on Vermont. They're a feisty team, we have to go up there (on Sunday) and this is their first game on the weekend. Having three games in six days is tough on the team, and so we want to get a good night sleep and get some food in us and get ready to go for Sunday. We really want to lock it in for the next three games, and that starts on Sunday at 2 p.m."

"(The second line) have really come into their own playing with each other. Andie (Anastos) got beat up in the game on Tuesday and was little banged up today, but I thought the three of them worked extremely hard and were able to find ways to put pucks in. Makenna (Newkirk), she's a talented kid and I think sometimes it can get overlooked because we have National Team players on our team. But, I tell you, that kid is a special player and you could see that today. And in fairness, I thought Tori (Sullivan's) line played great, too. I don't think they had any points but they kept them hemmed in their zone and really put pressure on their defense and their players when they needed to. Overall, I thought everyone gave everything they had."


1st, 4:34 // 0-1 - NU GOAL (PPG): On the faceoff after a BC penalty, Kendall Coyne won the draw and drew it back to the point where Denisa Krizova's blast made its way through traffic in the high slot.

1st, 11:38 // 1-1 - BC GOAL (PPG): On the power-play, Makenna Newkirk's shot from the left point was blocked in the slot and Megan Keller pulled the rebound back to Haley Skarupa. Skarupa then backhanded the her shot past Brittany Bugalski to tie the score.

2rd, 8:04 // 1-2 - NU GOAL: The Huskies won the faceoff won back to the point where Lauren Kelly's blast was cut down in front of the net. Hayley Scamurra poked it forward on the edge of the crease, and Coyne found space under Burt to re-gain the lead for Northeastern.

2nd, 14:33 // 2-2 - BC GOAL: Newkirk's forecheck kept the puck in the zone where she and Dana Trivigno worked it deep. Newkirk took Trivigno short pass ahead from behind the goal, skated out and - after seeing her first shot saved - grabbed the rebound and backhanded it over Brittany Bugalski to pull the Eagles level.

2nd, 16:31 // 3-2 - BC GOAL (PPG): Kenzie Kent dug the puck out behind the goal and found Alex Carpenter in the corner. Carpenter skated up the boards and found Newkirk across at the far faceoff circle. Newkirk took Carpenter's pass and calmly laced a shot high to give the Eagles the lead.

2nd, 17:10 // 3-3 - NU GOAL: Coyne intercepted a clearing pass along the boards near the blue line, skated in and ripped a rising shot high past Burt to pull the Huskies level again.

2nd, 19:58 // 4-3 - BC GOAL (PPG): Carpenter dumped it in and beat the Huskies' D to it deep in the zone. She played the puck back to Haley Skarupa, who was pinching in from the point. Skarupa sent a shot in which was stopped by a NU skate closer to the near faceoff circle, allowing Kent to skate in unmarked and pocket the go-ahead goal just before time expired.

3rd, 19:30 // 5-3 - BC GOAL (ENG): Johnson and Carpenter won the puck deep in the Eagles' zone and found Skarupa on the halfboards. After taking Skarupa's feed out of the zone, Carpenter beat the extra Husky skater at mid-ice and skated in for the open-net goal to cap the win.


Team Notes

- BC remained perfect on the season with the win, and is now 31-0-0 on the year

- Today's win secured at least a two-way share of the 2015-16 Hockey East regular-season title ... BC needs just one point from its last three games to claim the title outright ... BC has now won the conference's regular-season crown in each of the last three seasons

- BC also claimed the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East tournament with today's win ... BC can finish no worse than 21-3-0 and second-place Northeastern can finish no better than 21-3-0, but the Eagles hold the tie-break against the Huskies after going 3-0-0 against them this season

- With a 21-0-0 mark in Hockey East play, BC set a new league record for conference wins in a season ... the previous mark of 20 was set in 2007-08 by New Hampshire (20-0-1) and matched last season by BC (20-0-1) ... those teams played 21-game league schedules, while teams started a 24-game slate in 2015-16

- The Eagles moved to 4-0-0 on the season against Northeastern, including three wins in conference play and a victory in the Beanpot championship game on Tuesday

- BC went 3-for-5 on power play, marking the second time this season the Eagles have scored three goals with the man-advantage ... the last time BC notched three power-play goals was Oct. 11 when the Eagles went 3-for-7 against St. Lawrence

Player Notes

- Makenna Newkirk collected three points in today's win, moving her season scoring total to 38 points ...

- This is the second-straight game - and third time in four games - that Newkirk picked up three points ... she has seven three-point games on the year and nine multiple-point efforts this season

- Newkirk's two goals today give her 18 on the season, the most by any freshman nationally

- Alex Carpenter recorded three points today on one goal and two assists ... it was her 19th multiple-point game this season and her ninth multi-assist game of the year

- Carpenter's goal was her 37th of the season, matching her previous single-season best (2014-15)

- Haley Skarupa also registered three points, scoring the Eagles' first goal, a power-play strike ... she now has 59 points, the third-highest point total in the country

- Skarupa pushed her goal-scoring total to 26 goals, the third-most in the country ... she also has 33 assists, the second-highest total in the land

- Today was Skarupa's 17th multiple-point game of the season

- Skarupa's goal was her seventh power-play goal, moving her into third nationally in the category

- With her assist on Kenzie Kent's second-period power-play goal, Skarupa moved into a third-place tie with Kelli Stack '11 on the Hockey East (only) career scoring chart, collecting her 133rd point in league play

- Dana Trivigno recorded an assist on Newkirk's first goal, which was her 75th career assist ... she is the eighth player in BC history to reach 75 helpers, and she's now tied for seventh with Mary Restuccia on the Eagles' career assist record

- Trivigno has a seven-game point streak intact after today's game, matching her best season-long streak

- Kent collected two points, including the game-winning goal ... it was her eighth multiple-point game of the season - Megan Keller recorded her 13th power-play assist of the season, tied for the national lead ... it was her 17th point on the power-play this season, moving her into a tie for second place nationally before tonight's games

- Keller's assist was also her 28th assist on the season, which is the most among all defenseman in the country and eighth overall nationally

- Kaliya Johnson picked up an assist on Carpenter's empty-net goal


Northeastern, 25-6-1, 19-3-0 HEA
Boston College: 31-0-0, 21-0-0 HEA


Boston College returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 14. The Eagles will travel to Burlington, Vt., to face Vermont in a 2 p.m. tilt at Gutterson Fieldhouse.