BOSTON - The women's ice hockey team earned a 5-5 overtime tie against ninth-ranked Dartmouth in the Terriers home opener on Sunday at Walter Brown Arena.
Sophomore Melissa Anderson led the Boston University (0-4-2, 0-1-0 HE) with two goals and two assists, while junior co-captain Gina Kearns notched three assists of her own. Junior Amanda Shaw had a goal and an assist, while junior Laurel Koller and senior Julie Poulin each added a goal on the day. Sophomore Melissa Haber had 50 saves in goal, a new team record.
Dartmouth (1-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC) sophomore Jenna Cunningham led scoring for the Big Green with two goals and two assists. Freshman Amanda Trunzo, junior Sarah Newnam and senior Amy Cobb also got in on the action, scoring one goal apiece.
The Terriers appeared to have the lead all afternoon, but surrendered two-goal leads twice during the game. It was an extremely physical game, with seven of the teams' combined 10 goals coming on the power play, as the teams were charged with 16 combined penalties.
Anderson got the Terriers ahead in the first period, scoring both of her goals on the power play. The sophomore netted her first goal with 13:39 left in the first period off assists from sophomore Erin Seman and Kearns. After two shots that caromed off the goaltender's pads, Anderson finally snuck one in for her second goal, with 9:30 left in the period, scoring off an assist from Shaw.
The Big Green struck back in the second period though, as freshman Amanda Trunzo scored with 14:44 left in the period and junior Sarah Newnam netted another goal with 10:48 left on the clock to tie up the game. But Shaw pulled the Terriers ahead with her second goal of the season with 4:22 left in the period.
Koller's goal with 14:41 left on the clock in the third put BU up by two again, but three successive Terrier penalties gave Dartmouth power play opportunities. The Big Green converted two of those power plays, as Cunningham scored with 12:12 left in the period and Cobb scored the equalizer soon thereafter, with 9:54 left on the clock.
BU scored its final goal as Poulin connected on a power play with 8:46 left in the period off assists from Kearns and Anderson to take the lead. But Dartmouth got a clutch goal from Cunningham, her second of the period, to force an overtime period.
Neither team scored during overtime, as both sides fought a hard defensive battle, taking a combined five shots on goal.
The Terriers took 36 shots during the game, 31 of which were saved by Dartmouth junior Carli Clemis. The Big Green took an astounding 55 shots on goal, but Haber had an incredible game in goal, earning 50 saves, a new team record.
BU does not have much time to rest though, as No. 3 New Hampshire visits Walter Brown Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Terriers dropped a 3-1 decision against the Wildcats on Oct. 21.