BOSTON - The Boston University women's ice hockey team skated into fourth place in Hockey East Sunday, after earning a 4-3 victory over Maine at Agganis Arena. Freshman Lauren Cherewyk and juniors Laurel Koller, Caroline Bourdeau and co-captain Gina Kearns each notched goals for the Terriers.
Sunday's scoring came at a much quicker pace than in yesterday's 1-1 overtime tie, in which the Terriers outshot Maine 46-20. In the second meeting, the Black Bears gained the upper hand in shots, winning the 29-27 battle, but came out on the short end in goals.
Sophomore Melissa Haber had her first turn between the pipes since a Dec. 8 appearance against Sacred Heart. The netminder collected 26 saves, including a second-period stop on a one-on-one breakaway.
Koller's first period goal got the Terriers on the board, as she scored on a power play with 37 seconds remaining in the first period off assists from sophomores Melissa Anderson and Sarah Appleton.
Kearns and Cherewyk both scored in the second period, with the former netting the puck at 7:13 and the latter with 9:57. Kearns drove towards the crease, looking to play a shot for Cherewyk to score. However, Kearns's initial shot got past Maine goaltender Genevieve Turgeon for the score. Kearns then assisted on Cherewyk's score just 2:44 later. Also assisting on the play was freshman Jillian Kirchner, who has now notched points in eight of the last nine games.
Maine closed the lead to one midway through the third period, after junior Vanessa Vani and sophomore Taryn Peacock scored at 14:46 in the second and 6:06 in the third, respectively. Bourdeau reopened the lead with 32 seconds remaining in the game, winning the puck in Black Bear territory and scoring on the empty net.
A Maine goal with 11 seconds left on the clock closed the day's scoring, as sophomore Abby Barton slipped a shot past Haber in traffic.
The Terriers next see action at Providence Thursday, with a 7:00 face-off. BU dropped a 3-1 decision at Providence last Sunday.