Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Kazmaier nod and World Gold cap off memorable month for Alex Carpenter

Since the first week of March, the transition from winter to spring has brought with it a memorable time in the history of American women’s ice hockey. Second generation star Alex Carpenter led the way by establishing herself as a true superstar. Her memorable month would culminate with gold at the 2015 IIHF Women’s Worlds in Malmo, Sweden.

Quite possibly the greatest player in the history of the Boston College Eagles program, she was joined on the US roster by the likes of Hannah Brandt and Brianna Decker in Malmo. Of note, Brandt and Decker would add to their own legacies during March 2014.

Earning CWHL Rookie of the Year honors, Decker continued to dominate in the postseason as the Boston Blades captured their second Clarkson Cup. With the absence of Amanda Kessel, Brandt would carry the offensive load, leading the Minnesota Golden Gophers to their record-breaking sixth NCAA Frozen Four title. Joining Carpenter in Malmo, all three would contribute to an emotional 7-5 win over Canada in the gold medal game.

The road to Malmo began with a sterling junior season at Boston College, which would be her greatest season yet. For the third time, she managed to improve on her previous season point totals (from 40 to 70 to 81 points). Not only did her 81 points lead all scorers in 2014-15 NCAA play, her 2.19 points per game also set the standard.

Beginning her season with a four-point performance against Syracuse on October 4, 2014, it marked the start of a superlative 25-game point scoring streak. Ending on February 3, 2015, she would manage to break her own Hockey East record of 24 consecutive games with a point (previously set in 2012-13). By season’s end, her 44 assists and 81 points also broke program records that she had previously set.

For her efforts, she became the first player in Boston College history to claim the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award. Such an award was complemented by other honors including a First-Team All-America nod and the New England Division I Player of the Year Award. 

Taking into account that the program has produced the likes of Blake Bolden, Molly Schaus and Kelli Stack, all past nominees for the award, it speaks volumes about Carpenter’s impact. With her coach, Katie King-Crowley in attendance, Kaz-Mania ran rampant throughout Boston College athletics.

Getting the chance to play for Team USA in a gold medal effort at the 2015 IIHF Women's Worlds in Malmo also represented a unique bookend to her season. In November 2014, she was not only named to the US roster that competed at the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia (where the 2016 IIHF Women’s Worlds shall be hosted), she was bestowed the honor of team captain, testament to her superb talents.

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