Courtesy of our friends from the Boston University athletic department — here is tonight’s press release pertaining toward the women’s ice hockey team’s most recent victory against Northeastern University:
BOSTON - Junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry (North Reading, Mass.) made 24 saves to set the new program record for career wins as the No. 3 Boston University women’s ice hockey team defeated No. 8/9 Northeastern, 4-1, on Tuesday night at Matthews Arena.
Sperry broke Allyse Wilcox’s (’09) previous record of 43 wins to improve BU to 4-0-0 on the season and 2-0-0 in league play. It was the second time this season the Terriers’ have defeated a ranked opponent on the road, as they beat then-No.3/4 Boston College, 4-2, to open the season. Northeastern dropped to 4-1-0 on the season and 0-1-0 against conference competition.
Freshman Sarah Lefort scored her league-leading sixth goal of the season, while sophomore Kayla Tutino, senior co-captain Jill Cardella and senior Taylor Holze also lit the lamp. It was another team effort on offense, as eight different skaters got on the score sheet. Cardella (1g, 1a), junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin (2a) and senior Kathryn Miller (2a) each had a multi-point night.
It was a tightly checked game throughout the first period, as each team managed five shots apiece. BU killed three penalties in the opening 20 minutes and allowed Northeastern just one shot during its three power plays.
Sperry stood tall in the second period with some great saves. Four of Northeastern’s eight second-period shots were below the circles, including a Kendall Coyne chance at the top of the crease. The junior goaltender also made two great saves off of redirects through traffic.
Tutino staked the Terriers a 1-0 lead on the power play with a nifty redirect of her own. Miller and Poulin played catch at the top of the zone until Poulin finally unloaded a one-timer that Tutino deftly deflected past Husky goaltender Chloe Desjardins (27 saves). Tutino’s third goal of the year came with just 46 seconds remaining in the stanza.
Lefort made it a 2-0 lead just 47 seconds into the final frame. Cardella skated into the offensive zone and had the puck knocked off her stick in the right faceoff circle. Lefort trailed the play nicely, however, and quickly won the puck back before releasing a wrist shot from the near hash mark that beat Desjardins to the top right corner.
Cardella extended the Terriers’ lead at the 9:23 mark on a play that originally started as a clearing attempt. Miller hammered the puck around the boards from behind her own net and Poulin slowed down along the half-wall. She then chased after the puck as it slowed in the Huskies’ zone. Northeastern got caught in a line change and BU took advantage, as Cardella and Lefort joined the play. Poulin corralled the puck and sent a pass to the slot for Cardella, whose wrist shot found the back of the net.
Casey Pickett got a goal back for the Huskies at the end of a power play less than three minutes after Cardella’s goal, but that was the only blemish on Sperry’s record-setting night. She helped backbone three successful penalty kills in the final frame to help preserve the win, making 11 total saves in the period.
Holze capped the scoring for the Terriers with 2:57 remaining in regulation. Junior Louise Warren sent a pass across the top of the crease to Holze, who was in perfect position on the doorstep to knock in her first goal of the year in her first game of the season.
BU will face its third ranked opponent of the year this weekend when No. 2 Cornell comes to Boston for a pair of games. Saturday night’s contest will take place at Agganis Arena at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday matinee at Walter Brown Arena at 2 p.m.