We didn’t have to look far to find ASN’s first pair of Players of the Week in college hockey.
Thatcher Demko (left) and Alex Carpenter (right), both from Boston College, earned the honors while playing for the men’s and women’s teams, respectively. Their success, however, couldn’t come more differently.
Demko, a 6-foot-4 junior goalie, posted back-to-back shutouts in a weekend road sweep over Colorado College for his third straight shutout. With the 2014 second-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks (36th overall) in net, the 4-1 Eagles haven’t allowed a goal in 195 minutes and 38 seconds.
BC is ranked fourth in both college hockey polls and will put the scoreless streak on the line tonight (Tuesday) when the Eagles travel to UConn.
Demko turned away 46 shots against Colorado College, giving him 114 saves for the season while allowing just three goals. He’s 4-1 in net with a .60 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage.
Carpenter went on the offensive to earn top honors.
The reigning Patty Kazmaier Award winner — given to the top player win women’s hockey — Carpenter scored five goals in a road sweep at No. 9 Cornell to become BC’s all-time scoring leader with 212 career points. She scored two goals in Friday’s 4-1 victory and notched her third hat trick of the season Saturday in an 8-0 shut out.
The second-ranked Eagles are off to their best start ever at 8-0-0. They trail only defending national champions Minnesota in the polls. Carpenter, a member of the 2014 U.S. women’s hockey team at the Olympics, is the daughter of former NHL star Bobby Carpenter.
Above: Boston College’s Alex Carpenter is ASN’s inaugural women’s hockey player of the week. (Courtesy John Quackenbos/BC Athletic Communications)