BOSTON - The Boston University women's ice hockey team dropped a 5-0 decision against St. Cloud Friday at Walter Brown Arena. The Huskies scored in each period and the teams combined for 16 penalties, but the Terriers failed to convert all nine of their power-play opportunities. The loss marks the first time Boston University has been shutout all season.
In a rough and physical game, Boston University (2-7-2, 0-2-0 HE) simply could not find its footing. Given several opportunities to score, the Terriers missed the mark on both shots and passes. St. Cloud State (6-4-3, 4-4-2 WCHA), on the other hand, took advantage of fast breaks and scored two power-play goals on five chances. Despite some impressive saves by sophomore goaltender Melissa Haber, the Terriers were unable to slow the Huskies' attack.
St. Cloud State's first strike of the evening game with 10:42 remaining in the first period, as junior Brita Schroeder and sophomore Holly Roberts found sophomore Caitlin Hogan in front of the goal. Roberts won the puck behind the Terrier net and found Hogan open just outside the crease for the score.
A BU checking penalty set up SCSU's first power-play goal of the evening, as junior Sammy Nixon recovered the rebound off senior captain Laura Fast's shot and slipped the puck past Haber with 8:31 left in the first period.
After the Terriers held the Huskies scoreless for the majority of the second period, two quick strikes by the SCSU offense provided a safe cushion for the SCSU. A BU checking penalty once again set up a power-play goal for the Huskies, as sophomore Felicia Nelson scored off a pass from Hogan with 5:59 remaining in the second period. Fast scored again soon thereafter, netting the puck with 21 seconds left in the period off a pass from Nelson to provide a 4-0 SCSU advantage heading into the third period.
BU dropped three power-play opportunities in the third period, missing some open shots on net that would have cut the deficit. However, The Huskies continued to raise the score, piling on another goal with 2:40 left in the game. Senior Marie-Michel Lemieux redirected a shot from senior Brittni Kuyper, leading to the team's fifth and final goal of the evening.
The Terriers failed to convert three power plays in each period, while the Huskies scored on two of their five opportunities. The margin in shots on goal was tight, with SCSU barely edging BU, 29 to 27. Haber had 24 saves on the evening while her counterpart, senior Kendall Newell, had 27.
The Terriers get right back at it tomorrow afternoon, attempting to avenge the loss against St. Cloud at 1:00 p.m. at Walter Brown Arena.