Mass. College Hockey: BU Women’s Hockey Announces Class of 2017

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s today’s release about the women’s hockey team, which will welcome six new skaters from the Class of 2017 to their unit: 

Six newcomers will join the Boston University women’s ice hockey team for the 2013-14 season, head coach Brian Durocher announced on Monday.

The Class of 2017 features three forwards, two goaltenders and one defenseman. It is the first group of newcomers comprised entirely of incoming freshmen since 2009. BU had welcomed transfers in each of the last three seasons.

Maddie Elia, Natalie Flynn and Samantha Sutherland will each skate at forward for the Terriers while Sarah Steele joins a veteran corps of blue liners. Mia Becker and Victoria Hanson are the first two goaltenders to join the Terriers since the 2010-11 season.

“Boston University and our staff would like to welcome these six new student-athletes to our women’s hockey program,” Durocher said. “Thanks to the thorough and diligent work of assistant coaches Katie Lachapelle and Allison Coomey we will add quality student-athletes who will help move us forward as a topflight college hockey program. We look forward to their contributions on the ice, in the classroom and throughout the Boston University community.”

The six freshmen will join 18 returning letter winners from last year’s squad that captured the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles en route to the Terriers’ second national title game appearance in three years. BU earned a program record 28 victories in 2012-13 and has won the Hockey East championship three times in the last four seasons.

Mia Becker (5-4 • G • Woodbridge, Va. • Shattuck St. Mary’s)

Played three seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s and while there was a teammate of Terrier forward Rebecca Russo … Finished third at nationals in both her junior and senior seasons … Won state title in each of her final two years … Was part of IIHF Development Camp in Finland during her sophomore season.

Maddie Elia (5-10 • F • Lewiston, N.Y. • Nichols School)

Captained Nichols School to North American Prep Hockey Association and CISAA Championship during her senior season … Was captain of Buffalo Bisons team that advanced to quarterfinals of 2013 USA Hockey Championships … Led all scorers with seven goals and nine assists in six games as Bisons advanced to title game at 2012 USA Hockey Championships … Named to USA Hockey National Camp each of the last four years … Also played four years of varsity soccer at Nichols and helped lead team to state championship during her sophomore season.

Natalie Flynn (5-7 • F • Medford, Mass. • Cushing Academy)

Played four years at Arlington Catholic before a post-graduate year at Cushing Academy … Was named Boston Globe Athlete of the Year in 2012 after her senior season at Arlington Catholic … Captained Arlington Catholic to Division I state title, was named league MVP and also received the Hockey Night in Boston top forward award in 2012 … Four-time Catholic Central League All-Star … Compiled 127 career points over four seasons … Also captained lacrosse and soccer teams during her senior year and was member of cross country team at Cushing.

Victoria Hanson (5-9 • G • Stoughton, Mass. • Lawrence Academy)

Was a teammate of Terrier netminder Kerrin Sperry at Lawrence Academy… Served as captain during senior season … Earned All-League honors in each of her final two seasons … Was named MVP in her junior year as she backstopped team to state title game … Also played softball and captained the field hockey team in her senior season.

Sarah Steele (5-6 • D • Stratford, P.E.I. • Appleby College)

Won gold medal with Team Canada at 2013 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship … Named Sport P.E.I.’s 2012 Junior Female Athlete of the Year … Played three seasons at Appleby College and was assistant captain during her junior and senior seasons … Skated for Mississauga Jr. Chiefs from 2011-2013, scoring six goals and seven assists in 50 career games … Also played soccer at Appleby.

Samantha Sutherland (5-4 • F • Cochrane, Alta. • Warner School)

Was named to Team Canada Under-18 selection camp in each of the last two years … Was named Top Forward of the Warner Warriors in each of her final two seasons with the team and was named MVP of the squad in her sophomore season … Scored 31 goals and added 23 assists for 54 points in her final year at Warner … Led the team in scoring with 82 points (41g, 41a) during the 2011-12 season … Won a gold medal with Team Alberta at the 2011 Canada Games … Also played box lacrosse, badminton, basketball and competed in the discus and the triple jump. 

Mass. College Hockey: BU’s Durocher Signs Contract Extension

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about women’s ice hockey head coach Brian Durocher, who signed a contract extension:

BOSTON - After guiding the Boston University women’s ice hockey team to its second trip to the national title game in the last three seasons, head coach Brian Durocher has signed a contract extension to remain at BU through the 2018-19 season, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch announced Monday.

“I’m excited that Coach Durocher has agreed to lead our women’s ice hockey program for many more years to come,” Lynch said. “We knew we hired a terrific coach when he took over the program at its inception nine years ago, but he has exceeded every expectation and continues to elevate the program to new heights each year. It’s incredible how far this team has come in just eight seasons as a varsity program, and that is thanks to Brian’s exceptional leadership.”

Durocher has been at the helm of the women’s ice hockey program since its inaugural season in 2005-06. In eight seasons, Durocher has guided the Terriers to three Hockey East championships, four straight NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the NCAA title game. He holds a record of 159-93-37 and has won 20 games in each of the last three seasons, including a program-record 28 victories this past season.

“I’d just like to thank Boston University, director of athletics Mike Lynch, his staff, Drew Marrochello and Nancy Lyons for the tremendous support they’ve given to our program and the opportunity for me to remain at a place I love and have a great appreciation for,” Durocher said.

Under Durocher, BU has become the premier program in Hockey East and is consistently among the top five teams in the nation. The Terriers, Hockey East regular-season champions for the second time in 2013, are the only team in Hockey East history to have played for a national championship, doing so in two of the last three seasons. BU has also finished in the top five of both national polls in each of the last three years.

The 2012-13 season was the best in program history, with Durocher guiding the team to a 28-6-3 record. The six losses were a program low and the team’s winning percentage was its highest ever (.797). Durocher garnered national attention, as he was named a finalist for the AHCA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Coach of the Year award. BU bested six of the other nine teams in the final USCHO.com poll, winning eight games against top-10 opponents. The Terriers boasted four Hockey East All-Stars and two New England Division I All-Stars along with six different 15-goal scorers.

BU will return 18 letter winners from last season’s squad, including four skaters who scored at least 20 points in 2012-13. Starting goaltender Kerrin Sperry, the reigning Hockey East Tournament MVP, will be back between the pipes for her senior season after setting a new program record for career wins with 64. Louise Warren was named captain and classmate Kaleigh Fratkin will be an assistant captain while First-Team All-Star Shannon Doyle and All-Rookie honoree Sarah Lefort will each return.

Mass. College Hockey: BU 5, Clarkson 3 (NCAA Quarterfinals)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Sarah Lefort secured Boston University a spot in next weekend’s Frozen Four when she deposited her second strike of the afternoon into an open net during the third period as the Terriers defeated Clarkson University, 5-3 in the NCAA quarterfinals.

BU, which will appear in its second Frozen Four in program history, will face-off against Mercyhurst, who edged Cornell University earlier today by one tally.

“I thought it was a great hockey game with an unbelievable amount of intensity,” BU coach Brian Durocher said. “Clarkson’s a big-body team, they play a somewhat of a conservative style, but you wouldn’t have known it today with almost 40 shots on net.”

The Terriers led the Golden Knights by one entering the final stanza, but padded their lead with two goals in a span of 26 seconds. Lefort pushed the hosts ahead by two before Louise Warren extended the lead to three after she deposited a rebound chance by Isabel Menard.

Clarkson, though, didn’t fold, but responded with two tallies from Christine Lambert and Shannon MacAulay, which brought the Golden Knights within one with 4:40 remaining in regulation.

BU called a timeout, regrouped and watched Lefort force a turnover that led to the game-clinching strike, which sealed the Terriers third NCAA tournament victory.

“I think we all wanted to win,” said BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin, who finished the contest with one goal and one assist.

“We just wanted to go out there the first five minutes and put pressure on them and we got a couple of goals and they came back in the third, (we) got a bit nervous, but (we managed to get) the win and we’re happy with that.”

Poulin netted the game’s first goal late in the first before Clarkson answered early in the second with an Erin Ambrose strike. The Terriers responded with Jenelle Kohanchuck, who lit the lamp late in the middle frame to provide BU with the lead for good.

A Strong Defensive Performance: For the second week in a row, the Terriers defense managed to fend off their opponent’s power play.

Last weekend, they denied Northeastern University six chances with an extra skater during the Hockey East conference championship game, and today they prevented Clarkson from finding the back of the net five times.

“I think we were focusing on every little battle, trying to win the puck (and) trying to win it out of the corner,” said Lefort. “(We were) definitely picking up sticks on the (penalty kill), but just keeping some things simple and communicating with each other really helped us out today.”

“It’s the third game in a row where we’ve had to do a good job killing penalties and so far we have in those three games,” said Durocher. “It’s great to know that the kids could get the job done and it’s not just the five skaters or four skaters that are killing, but Kerrin Sperry, (who assisted) with one of the kills in the second period.”

Sperry was certainly a factor in the second period when she deflected multiple shots in the slot before the Terriers whipped the puck out of the zone.

BU’s power was a major factor in their conference’s tournament as they also denied 13 combined chances by Connecticut and Providence, too.

The Streak Continues: BU’s victory marked their ninth consecutive win since falling to Harvard University in the Boston Beanpot consolation game on Feb. 12, 2013. Since that loss, the Terriers have been on a roll, winning nine games, which includes three conference tournament victories and a first round match.

Will their streak continue next weekend? Who knows, but all Durocher hopes is that the momentum remains with the Red and White.

“It’s a real positive situation for us, but I like to think that anybody who gets to this point, whether they’re on a one-game streak or whatever it is, they’ve got momentum,” said the BU coach.

“I just think that next week it starts from scratch and the two games are going to be real good hockey games and whoever comes up on top is probably going to be somebody that plays well that day and maybe the hockey Gods are with them as well.”

Mass. College Hockey: BU Women’s Hockey Earns Program’s 150th Win

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from Boston University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release pertaining toward the women’s hockey team, which earned its program’s 150th win against Vermont:

BOSTON – Junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin’s game-winning goal with 1:30 remaining in regulation lifted the No. 3 Boston University women’s ice hockey team over Vermont, 2-1, for its 150th win in program history on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. Head coach Brian Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.) also earned his 150th win in his eighth season behind the BU bench.

Poulin scored both BU (19-5-3, 14-2-1 WHEA) goals as the Terriers snapped a two-game losing streak. They now have a 9-0-2 record against Vermont (8-18-3, 6-9-3 WHEA) at Walter Brown Arena. Senior Alissa Fromkin was sharp between the pipes for the Terriers, as she stopped 25 shots to earn her fourth win of the season.

The game appeared destined for overtime when Poulin’s heroics salvaged both points for the Terriers. The play began as junior Kaleigh Fratkin grabbed the puck in her own zone and passed it to senior Kathryn Miller. Miller then found Poulin at center ice, who split two defenders and skated into the Vermont zone. Going 1-on-1 against a defender, Poulin got around the Catamount skater and lifted a backhander past Kelci Lanthier (42 saves) for her 14th goal of the season.

Vermont led early, as the Catamounts scored just 2:08 into the proceedings. Amanda Pelkey forced a turnover deep in the BU zone and charged hard to the net before slipping the puck past Fromkn for her seventh goal of the season.

Despite a slow start to the period, BU bounced back and doubled the Catamounts’ shot total, 22-11, in the first frame. The Terriers did well to put bodies in front of Vermont Lanthier and nearly tipped in some shots from the point, but the score remained 1-0 entering the second stanza.

Sophomore Kayla Tutino almost tied the game with a shorthanded strike early in the frame when her tip chance from the stick of senior co-captain Jill Cardella was stopped by Lanthier. The Terriers held Vermont to just two power play shots through the first two periods.

The Terriers’ strong transition game finally paid dividends at the 7:48 mark of the second period. Cardella collected the puck in her own zone and dished it to senior Jenelle Kohanchuk, who rushed up the right wing and eventually fired a shot on net from the right circle that Lanthier steered aside. However, Poulin trailed the play and quickly fired home the rebound from below the left circle.

The game-winner nearly came early in the third period as the Terriers killed off a penalty. Kohanchuk forced a turnover along the right half-wall in the Catamount zone and passed it to Poulin, who was alone in the slot. Her shot sailed just wide, however, and the game remained deadlocked.

Junior Louise Warren was robbed with about 12 minutes to play in the final frame when she was robbed by Lanthier, who went post-to-post to deny Warren. Senior Isabel Menard’s great feed across the crease helped set up that play.

BU has a knack of making history against Vermont, as Durocher and the Terriers also earned the program’s 100th victory against the Catamounts. That win came at Vermont on Jan. 22, 2011. Poulin had a hat trick in that contest and also scored the game-winning goal.

The two teams will conclude the regular-season series on Sunday at Walter Brown Arena. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the first 200 fans will receive a free hat.

34th Women’s Boston Beanpot Final: Northeastern 4, BU 3 (OT)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – One week ago, Northeastern clinched a spot in the 34th Boston Beanpot championship match when junior Brittnay Esposito notched a game-winning goal in a first round shoot out against Boston College.    

Then, a week after their dramatic win against the Eagles, Northeastern provided their fans with a fairy tale tournament ending when junior Casey Pickett netted a game-winning goal in overtime, which lifted the Huskies past Boston University, 4-3 at the Walter Brown Arena on Tuesday evening.

“As soon I got [the puck], I knew what I wanted to do with it, and I was confident that it was going in, so I guess that helped having confidence,” said an elated Pickett. “It’s a great feeling to know that you made your whole team happy, and I’m glad that I could do that for everyone.”

“It’s great,” said an exuberant Northeastern senior goaltender Florence Schelling, who ended the game with 43 saves between the pipes. “I’m so excited, I can’t even think about it.”

Pickett’s game winning goal was assisted by freshman line-mate Kendall Coyne, (one goal, one assist), who provided the Huskies with their first lead in the second period when she notched her 24th strike of the season past BU sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry, (25 saves).

The Huskies doubled their lead practically two minutes later when freshman Lucie Povova lit the lamp for the seventh time this year to give Northeastern a two-goal advantage.

BU answered literally eight minutes later when freshmen Shannon Stoneburgh and Kayla Tutino tied the game at 2-2.

Once the third period began, both teams ramped up the intensity, and combined for six penalties, which didn’t provide either squad with momentum until BU’s Tutino tallied the go-ahead goal with roughly five minutes left in regulation.

However, BU’s celebration was short lived, as Northeastern responded 33-seconds later when sophomore Sonia St. Martin scored the equalizer, which forced overtime, and another epic tournament finish.

“Once we got that goal right back, I had almost a sense of calm that we were going to win the game,” said Northeastern head coach Dave Flint. “The mood was great in the locker room after regulation going into overtime everyone was positive.”

“I thought that after the third, we had a lot of positive energy in the locker room,” said Pickett. “We bounced back after a late goal by BU, and kind of showed what we’re made of and I think that we all knew we had confidence in each other going into overtime, and we knew that we had it.”

Pickett exhibited some confidence following the face-off, as she recorded the game winner at 5:27 in the extra session after receiving a pass from Coyne, who stole the puck away from a few BU players at center ice.

“Obviously it was one of those goals that was real pretty, and real nice in the OT,” said BU head coach Brian Durocher. “It wasn’t just a fluke or something that fell out of the sky in the back of the net [because] it was a real good hockey play by two super hockey players.”

Northeastern hadn’t won a championship since they defeated Harvard University in 1998, and now has collected 15 Beanpot trophies, which is two more than the Crimson, and 14 more than the Terriers.

“I liked how our team battled,” said Flint. “I think earlier in the year, we might not have come back from [trailing, 3-2], but we’ve matured a lot as a team, and we have a group of girls that really believe in their selves.”