Game Day Skate: Hockey East Semifinals

#1 Boston College (32-1-2) vs. #5 Connecticut (11-17-8), 1:30 p.m. EST

The Eagles took care of things last week in the quarterfinals, sweeping the Friars handily with a 6-2 win and an 8-0 win. Meghan Grieves and Andie Anastos each notched two goals in the first victory, while Dana Trivigno tallied twice in the second game.

UConn picked up a big sweep over Maine on the road last weekend to advance to the semifinals. The Huskies defeated the Black Bears, 3-2, on Friday, behind a goal and an assist each from Sarah MacDonnell and Kayla Campero. They then completed the sweep with a 1-0 overtime win, with Rebecca Fleming scoring the winner and Elaine Chuli making 45 saves in net.

If UConn is going to pick up another upset win, goaltending is going to have to be a factor once again. Chuli was in net for both games, so it looks like the Huskies will stick with her, but rookie Annie Belanger has also put up really good numbers this season. Either way, UConn will have to rely on its goalie to make the first save and then try and pick up any second-chance opportunities before the Eagles get there. BC is going to rely on its offense, and it will look to score early and often to put this one away as quickly as possible. If scoring becomes a problem, they need to stay committed defensively and be especially wary in transition.

Key Players for Boston College: F Alex Carpenter, F Kenzie Kent, D Lexi Bender

Key Players for Connecticut: F Emily Snodgrass, D Leah Lum, G Elaine Chuli

#2 Boston University (23-8-3) vs. #3 Northeastern (14-16-5), 4:30 p.m. EST

The Terriers swept Vermont last week to advance, earning an 8-1 win on Friday and a 7-2 victory on Saturday. Kayla Tutino led them with a four-goal effort in the first win, and her and Victoria Bach each posted six-point weekends.

Northeastern had to climb out of a 1-0 hole after falling to New Hampshire in the first game of their quarterfinal series, 2-1. The Huskies defeated the Wildcats, 3-2, to force a game three, with Denisa Krisova scoring the game-winner with 1:25 left in regulation. They then knocked off UNH, 4-3, to close out the series behind Kendall Coyne’s hat trick.

Coyne will certainly be a key player for the Huskies as they try and earn the upset over BU. So far this season, she’s got 28 goals and 51 points in 30 games played and is far and away Northeastern’s most dangerous option up front. The Huskies are giving up an average of more than 32 shots on goal per game, so Chloe Desjardins will have to be strong in net and they’ll need to make sure that they finish off their own chances. Northeastern’s lone loss against the Terriers this year came in a 6-3 win; the Huskies likely won’t be able to hold them completely off the board, so they need to find the back of the net consistently themselves.

Key Players for Boston University: F Marie-Philip Poulin, F Samantha Sutherland, D Shannon Doyle

Key Players for Northeastern: F Kendall Coyne, D Heather Mottau, G Chloe Desjardins, F Hayley Scamurra

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