SPERRY'S 36 SAVES HELP BOSTON UNIVERSITY PAST ST. LAWRENCE, 3-2
Sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry stops 68 of 72 shots over weekend for Terriers
CANTON, N.Y. - Thanks to superb goaltending from sophomore Kerrin Sperry and goals from three different skaters, the No. 4 Boston University women's hockey team earned a 3-2 win at St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon.
The win extends the Terriers' unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) and moves them to 5-1-1 on the season. BU handed St. Lawrence (3-1-2) its first blemish of the year.
Sperry made 36 saves to earn her third victory of the season, one save away from her season and career-high. Freshman forward Kayla Tutino scored a goal for the third consecutive game, while junior forward Shannon Mahoney notched her first goal of the season. Senior captain Jenn Wakefield tallied the eventual game-winner to extend her point streak to five games.
Like yesterday's game at Clarkson, BU wasted no time striking first, as Tutino lit the lamp just 4:21 into the proceedings. Junior Cristina Wiley collected her first assist of the season, with senior Jenelle Kohanchuk providing the secondary assist on Tutino's sixth goal of the season.
Tutino was a key factor in the Terriers' second goal as well, as she centered the puck to Mahoney, who was stationed in the slot and was able to bury the puck from point-blank range with just 1:33 gone by in the second stanza.
BU tacked on a third goal at the 8:49 mark of the second period when Wakefield beat Saints goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen (21 saves). Sophomore defenseman Kaleigh Fratkin sent the puck towards Wakefield, who deflected it on the fly for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
St. Lawrence ended the second period on a high note, as with just five seconds remaining, Brooke Fernandez fed Kelly Sabatine, who potted her second goal of the season. Despite the late goal, Sperry was fantastic for BU in that period, stopping 13 shots.
The Saints continued to pepper Sperry with shots, and they finally pulled within one with 10:04 remaining in regulation after Michelle Ng scored her first goal of the season.
Just over three minutes later, the Terrier penalty killers came up huge to deny the Saints' third power play of the game. Despite being outshot, 15-6, in the third period, BU survived the St. Lawrence rally and even earned its only power play chance of the game with 2:20 left in the third period.
Up next for the Terriers is a rematch of the 2011 NCAA championship game, as BU heads to Madison, Wisc., to battle the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers in a weekend series. The teams will face off on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. before they do it again on Saturday afternoon, also at 3 p.m.