BOSTON - Eight different seniors recorded at least a point in their final regular-season game to lead the Boston University women's ice hockey team to an 8-1 win over cross-town rival Northeastern on Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. The Terriers finish the regular season alone in third place in Hockey East, the team's best finish ever, and will host the Huskies again in the first round of the conference tournament on Saturday (Feb. 28).
Senior Gina Kearns became the first Terrier to reach 100 career points with an assist on sophomore Jillian Kirchner's first-period goal that opened the offensive onslaught before adding a short-handed goal of her own. Senior Erin Seman and junior Melissa Anderson led the scoring barrage with three points each for the Terriers, who closed the regular season with an overall record of 17-10-7 and a 14-6-1 mark in Hockey East play.
Senior Allyse Wilcox stopped 16 of the 17 shots she faced as BU held a considerable advantage in shots on goal for the second day in a row, outshooting Northeastern by a 42-17 margin.
Kearns collected her 100th point when Kirchner scored on a rebound off a shot by freshman Jenelle Kohanchuk that was blocked in front of the net 3:48 into the game. At the 7:45 mark of the first period with the Terriers on the penalty kill, Kohanchuk picked off a pass and fed Kearns, who scored her third shorthanded goal of the season to set the BU single-season record.
The Huskies struck with a power-play tally midway through the first, when junior Lindsay Berman's shot found its way through traffic to make it a 2-1 game at the 11:44 mark, Northeastern's only goal of the night on six power-play opportunities.
The Terriers tacked on two more goals in the final minute of the first to chase Northeastern sophomore goalie Leah Sulyma from the game. Freshman Tara Watchorn scored her sixth goal with 46 seconds on the clock when she took a pass while crossing the slot and lifted a shot to score. With the Terriers on the power play, Anderson lit the lamp when she flipped the puck over Sulyma's shoulder with three seconds left in the opening frame.
Sulyma departed after making 15 saves, giving way to freshman Florence Schelling, who stopped 19 shots over the final two periods for the Huskies, who finish the regular season in sixth place in Hockey East at 12-19-3 overall and 7-13-1 in league play.
BU added four more goals in a six-minute span at the end of the second and start of the third. Seman found herself alone in the slot to take a pass from senior Amanda Shaw and her one-timer trickled in for her 10th goal of the season at 17:23 of the second. Sophomore Lauren Cherewyk scored in four-on-four play when she got the puck after a faceoff win by Anderson and scored her 12th of the season from the slot at the 18:53 mark.
Senior Nicki Wiart scored her first goal of the season in four-on-four action 21 seconds into the third when classmate Kelley Karnan found her in a one-on-one rush and Wiart knocked the puck off a Northeastern defender's stick and into the goal. Senior Sarah Russell capped the scoring at 3:11 when she netted a power-play tally, part of a 2-for-6 performance by BU on the man advantage.
The Terriers will host the Huskies in the first round of the Women's Hockey East tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Brown Arena.