BOSTON - Junior forwards Taylor Holze and Jill Cardella each scored for the Boston University women's ice hockey team, but Maine skated away with a 5-2 win at Walter Brown Arena on Sunday afternoon.
BU (11-11-1, 6-6-0 WHEA) put 46 shots on goal, but Maine (12-8-5, 6-6-1 WHEA) goaltender Brittany Ott made 44 saves to earn the victory. Sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry made 20 saves and kept the Terriers close throughout the contest.
The Terriers struck first at the 4:17 mark of the opening frame. The play began when senior captain Jenn Wakefield tapped the puck to junior forward Cristina Wiley at the Maine blue line. Wiley skated into the offensive end on the left wing and slid a beautiful pass to Holze, who was streaking down the middle and deposited her third goal of the season.
Maine evened the score a little over seven minutes later when Myriam Croussette scored with a shot from the bottom of the right circle. That concluded the scoring in the first frame, with BU taking a 13-6 advantage in shots into the intermission.
The Black Bears earned the first of two 5-on-3 advantages at the 10:38 juncture of the second stanza, but the Terriers penalty kill kept Maine off the scoreboard. Sperry in particular was sharp, as she made a great left pad save on Kayla Kaluzny right on the doorstep.
However, the Black Bears' second 5-on-3 advantage proved prosperous, as Jennifer More beat Sperry to put Maine ahead, 2-1. It was only the second power play goal allowed by the Terriers in 40 chances against league opponents. Maine has both conversions, which were each 5-on-3 goals.
The visitors extended their lead to 3-1 with 10:58 remaining in regulation when Danielle Ward deflected a Jessica Hall shot past Sperry.
The two goal advantage was cut in half, however, when Cardella notched her fifth goal of the year at the 15:21 mark of the final frame. Senior defenseman Tara Watchorn began the play from the left point and passed it across the top of the offensive zone to her classmate and defensive partner, Carly Warren, who blasted a shot wide. The rebound caromed around the back of the net until it landed on Cardella's stick. The Rochester, N.Y., native came out to Ott's immediate right and wristed the puck home.
BU had an opportunity to bring itself to level terms, as the Terriers earned a power play with 3:56 left in regulation. However, Maine extended its lead to 4-2 just 41 seconds later when Brittany Dougherty scored a shorthanded goal.
The home side did well to respond by immediately firing the puck towards goal, as sophomores Louise Warren and Kaleigh Fratkin each had some good looks. However, the game was put out of reach when More tallied an empty-netter to make it 5-2.
The Terriers will have a short respite before they return to action on Thursday, when BU hits the road to take on New Hampshire. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.