Northeastern looked to play spoiler and had a chance to start the game off right but the Eagles broke out and scored 60 seconds in and never looked back. Carpenter squeezed one through the leg pads of Bugalski, one she wanted back as soon as it went through. She was able to make a highlight reel save on the only shot of the BC power play that period a few minutes later. Things would settle down for both teams until the end of the period when Tori Sullivan would notch the first of her goals on the night.
The second period would have the Eagles start on the PP off of a questionable call against Paige Savage. Again they were held off the score sheet, and this time were not allowed a shot. Carpenter had another goal taken away after the referees reviewed, and determined that the Eagles had come into the zone offsides. This looked like a chance for the Huskies to turn the momentum around but they were not able to find the back of the net before Haley Skarupa would put the Eagles up 3-0.
The final frame was more of the same as Sullivan tallied another goal and seemed to put the game away for Boston College. The Eagles were finally called for a minor as Grieves was called for high sticking 48 minutes into the contest. Dana Trivigno would add a penalty three minutes later to continue on her march to the all time BC career PIM mark, she currently sits at 7 short of Mary Restuccia.
Northeastern pulled Bugalski with 150 seconds remaining but were unable to hold the zone as Alex Carpenter notched her second goal of the game to ice the win for the Eagles. Kendall Coyne would end the shutout bid getting her 50th goal of the season in the waning moments of the season.
The loss ends what was one of the most successful seasons in program history, despite a lack of hardware. It also marks the end of Kendall Coyne’s career in Red and Black. She finishes atop almost all the NU record books and looks to become only the second Husky to win the Patty Kazmeier this coming Saturday.
"It was a tremendous honor, it was a goal we set at the beginning of the year, to make the NCAAs. My message to the team was we accomplished this goal but, I hope they shoot to play another week next year. It was an honor to play another week of hockey, we earned it." -Senior Forward Kendall Coyne
The Eagles move on to the Frozen Four in Durham, NH, with their unblemished record intact. They draw the Clarkson Golden Knights, who upset Quinnipiac on the same ice that they claimed their National Championship two years ago. The matchup is a rematch of the quarterfinals of the last two years, which the teams split. The other quarterfinals went chalk as Wisconsin gets a sixth try against Minnesota.
"Clarkson is going to be a big physical team like they have in the past. They are a good team, where they have some kids returning that have been in some big games for them. They are going to be focused." – BC head Coach Katie Crowley