BOSTON UNIVERSITY SKATES PAST NORTHEASTERN, 5-1
Terriers clinch share of first place in Women's Hockey East
BOSTON, Mass. - Katie MacSorley tallied her 13th goal of the season and Leah Sulyma made 26 saves, but the Huskies dropped a tough-luck 5-1 decision to the No. 3 Boston University Terriers on Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
The Husky penalty kill once again played well, only allowing one power play goal on seven BU chances. Sulyma made 10 saves to help the PK. Northeastern has now killed off 30 of its last 32 penalties.
BU got on the board first when Holly Lorms picked up a pass from Louise Warren and lifted the puck over Sulyma for her 11th goal of the season at the 4:10 mark of the first frame.
The Huskies responded well after the first goal, maintaining possession in the offensive end and forcing Kerrin Sperry (27 saves) to make some tough saves.
Carly Warren used a lucky bounce to put BU ahead, 2-0, at the 9:57 mark of the second period. After she carried the puck into the offensive end she wristed a shot on Sulyma. The puck bounced up in the air and over Sulyma's head to drop over the goal line for Warren's third tally of the season.
The Huskies put 12 shots on Sperry in the second stanza but couldn't sneak a puck past her. The post became Sulyma's best friend midway through the period when the Terriers rang two consecutive shots off the left pipe before Sulyma recovered to make a save on a third bid.
The score remained at 2-0 heading into the third period before Lorms struck again 1:13 into the frame to make it 3-0. The Huskies nearly had a shorthanded goal minutes later when Claire Santostefano led a 2-on-1 rush, but the BU defense made a nice play to hold the Huskies at bay.
Under five minutes later, Jenn Wakefield notched her 23rd goal of the season to extend the lead to 4-0. Then, at the 12:47 mark, Wakefield deposited her 24th of the season on the power play to make it 5-0.
The Huskies kept attacking and their hard work was finally rewarded when MacSorley potted her goal at the 18:21 mark of the third. Casey Pickett and Stephanie Gavronsky, who both had points last night, attempted shots on goal before MacSorley finally poked the puck through Sperry to put the Huskies on the board.
Northeastern and BU will meet for the fourth and final time in the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the Beanpot consolation game at Boston College's Conte Forum. Puck drop is scheduled for 5 p.m.