BOSTON - The Boston University womenís ice hockey team closed out its first half of the season with an explosive 8-0 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. Five different Terriers recorded multiple points on the day, including sophomores Erin Seman and Caroline Bourdeau who combined for three goals and three assists to increase BUís record to 11-6-1 at the midway point. With the loss, Sacred Heart fell to 2-11-0.
The Terriers dominated play throughout the first period, holding the Pioneers to only two shots. Just 17 seconds into a Sacred Heart holding penalty on Michelle Panella, junior Julie Poulin directed the puck to Seman, who slipped it past goaltender Stephanie Boulay at 4:18, to give BU the 1-0 lead. Seman increased the lead to 2-0, when at 12:11 she scored again on the power play off a pass from freshman Melissa Anderson and sophomore Gina Kearns. The Terriers ended the first period 2-for-2 while with the player advantage.
Semanís two goals improved her current numbers to 9-9ó18, tying her 2005-06 point totals with half a season left to play.
BU continued its offensive onslaught in the second period, allowing Sacred Heart only one shot during the 20 minutes. At 4:12, Stephanie Armstrong scored to give the Terriers the 3-0 lead. Freshman Lynn Hillen picked up her first collegiate assist on the goal, while Bourdeau earned her first assist of the game. A little over two minutes later, two different Terriers collaborated to increase the teamís lead. At 6:21, sophomore Amanda Shaw scored her second goal of the year and freshman Jonnie Bloemers posted her fourth assist.
Merely 21 seconds later, Anderson notched her eighth goal on the year. Linemate and senior co-captain Cara Hendry passed the puck in between the face off circles to a waiting Anderson, who blasted a slapshot to give BU the 5-0 lead.
The Pioneers had very few chances to come back throughout the game, including the third period, where once again they were held to only one shot. It appeared it would be a 5-0 win for the Terriers until 9:10 of the period, when Kearns scored her seventh goal of the season and Bourdeau posted her second assist of the game for the 6-0 lead.
At 10:30, Hillen hit another milestone, scoring her first collegiate goal off a pass from sophomore Genevieve Laing and Bourdeau to put BU up 7-0. After three assists, Bourdeau closed out scoring for the Terriers at 18:34. Hillen assisted on the play, finishing the day with three points. The 8-0 win was BUís most decisive victory in program history.
Freshman goaltender Melissa Haber made four saves on the day to earn her fourth win on the year and third shutout. In the end, the Terriers had 42 shots against the Pioneers.
The forward line of Hendry, Anderson and Seman continued to produce for the Terriers, as Hendry increased her point streak to eight games, while Anderson and Seman both increased theirs to six games. The line is responsible for 28 of BUí last 57 points.
The Terriers will have the remainder of December off before traveling to Minnesota to face St. Cloud State in a two-game series starting on Jan. 5, 2007. Both games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.