by Amy Moritz
The regular season comes to an end this weekend in collegiate women's hockey and over in Hockey East it's a showdown between classic rivals Boston University and Boston College.
The rivalry between the two schools on the men's side is legendary and it's pretty intense on the women's side, too.
But this year, there's a different twist.
It's also a bit of USA vs. Canada.
Boston University has three players on the Canadian Olympic team while Boston College has three players on Team USA.
So the showdown between Boston College, which is tops in Hockey East at 25-5-3 overall, and Boston University, second in the conference at 21-10-1 overall, in a way begins with the Olympic gold medal game Thursday.
“We’ve already locked up 1-2 in the conference so this is more of a practice run to see how we can do,” said BU assistant coach Allison Coomey, who played and coached at Niagara. “There’s definitely a rivalry there. We have one kid with the US team and they have one with Team Canada so we also have a bit of a US-Canada rivalry in a ot of ways. Our kids get along with their kids really well so it’s really a positive competitive rivalry.”
The Terriers have current player Marie-Philip Poulin on the Team Canada roster along with graduates Jenn Wakefield, Catherine Ward and Tara Watchorn.
The Eagles have current player Alex Carpenter on Team USA along with former players Molly Schaus and Kelli Stack.
Will the gold medal game be an omen for the final home-and-home series set for Saturday and Sunday? Choose your sides now.