Boston College women’s hockey team keeps perfect title dream alive with Frozen Four rally

Boston College's Haley Skarupa is somewhere at the bottom of this pile as the Eagles celebrate her game-winning goal in overtime against Clarkson.
Boston College's Haley Skarupa is somewhere at the bottom of this pile as the Eagles celebrate her game-winning goal in overtime against Clarkson. –The Boston Globe

The chase for perfection continues.

The top-seeded Boston College women’s hockey team (40-0-0) kept its pursuit of a national championship and an undefeated season alive with a 3-2 overtime win over Clarkson in a Frozen Four semifinal on Friday. BC senior forward Haley Skarupa scored the game-winning goal just 58 seconds into the extra period after receiving a centering pass from senior forward Alex Carpenter.

“It was just a huge, huge feeling of relief,’’ Skarupa said after the win, via The Boston Globe. “We did it.’’

Skarupa’s OT goal gives Boston College a chance to win the first NCAA women’s hockey title in school history as well as to finish off just the second undefeated season in NCAA women’s hockey history. It was her second goal of the game. Carpenter assisted on all three BC goals.

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Boston College trailed Clarkson, 1-0, after the first period, their first deficit of the season at the first intermission. Clarkson led 2-1 after two periods. Senior defenseman Kaliya Johnson scored the game-tying goal for BC with just 3:53 remaining in the third period to force overtime.

“That was one heck of a hockey game,’’ BC coach Katie Crowley told reporters after it was over.

Boston College will face No. 3 Minnesota for the national championship on Sunday. The Gophers defeated No. 2 Wisconsin, 3-2 in overtime, in the other semifinal on Friday.

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