BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Jillian Kirchner and junior Jenelle Kohanchuk scored, but the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team fell to New Hampshire, 4-2, at Walter Brown Arena on Thursday night. The loss snapped BU's (21-3-3, 11-2-3 HEA) 13-game winning streak.
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead into the third period before Kohanchuk's marker made it 3-1 early in the final frame. UNH and the Terriers then exchanged the final two goals to account for the 4-2 final.
BU was 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Wildcats were 1-for-6 with the player advantage. Sophomore netminder Alissa Fromkin turned aside 12 shots, and New Hampshire goaltender Kayley Herman made a school record 52 saves as the Wildcats improved to 13-13-0 (6-10-0 HEA). The Terriers outshot New Hampshire by a 54-16 margin.
The Wildcats broke a scoreless tie with 2:06 left in the first period. After New Hampshire won the faceoff, sophomore Kristina Lavoie fed senior Raylen Dziengelewski at the blue line. She then passed to freshman Maggie Hunt above the right circle, where she took a slap shot that beat Fromkin.
The Wildcats scored twice in the middle stanza to take a 3-0 advantage. Lavoie collected the loose puck near Fromkin and sent a cross-crease pass to freshman Arielle O'Neil, who slid the puck into the open net with 13:51 left in the period. Sophomore Kristine Horn also collected an assist on the power-play goal.
Horn made it a 3-0 game at 14:26 when she skated down the ice on a breakaway, made a move to her forehand and slid the puck past Fromkin.
In the third period, the Terriers quickly cut the deficit to 3-1 with Kohanchuk's marker. After freshman Marie-Philip Poulin's shot was turned aside, Kohanchuk banged the rebound past Herman just 21 seconds into the period. Poulin extended her point-scoring streak to 13 games with the assist, while graduate student Catherine Ward also collected an assist on the play.
New Hampshire responded with a goal from freshman Sarah Campbell at the 11:39 mark. Senior Courtney Sheary took a shot from the blue line that Campbell deflected for the tally.
With 3:54 remaining in the game, Kirchner made it a 4-2 contest. Junior Jenn Wakefield passed to classmate Carly Warren, whose initial attempt was stopped. The rebound came to Kirchner at the goal line, where she banged the puck off the goaltender and into the net.
While on a power play, the Terriers pulled Fromkin in favor of an extra attacker with 1:17 left in the game. BU attempted six shots, but the New Hampshire defense kept the Terriers off the scoreboard.
BU and UNH will conclude their home-and-home series on Saturday (Feb. 5) at the Wildcats' Whittemore Center. Opening faceoff is set at 2 p.m.