BOSTON - Freshman Sarah Lefort scored two goals and junior Kerrin Sperry posted a 24-save shutout as the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team defeated Robert Morris, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
Senior Jenelle Kohanchuk notched her 100th career point when she assisted on sophomore Kayla Tutino's first-period goal. She now has 44 goals and 56 assists in 106 games as a Terrier.
The Terrier co-captains assisted on both of Lefort's goals, as senior Jill Cardella and junior Marie-Philip Poulin had multi-point games. Poulin now leads the league with 12 assists and 15 points, while Lefort is now second in the conference with eight goals.
BU (7-1-0, 3-0-0 WHEA) earned its third straight win and is now 6-0-0 all-time against Robert Morris (1-2-1, 0-0-0 CHA). The Terriers have not lost in regulation to a non-conference opponent at Walter Brown Arena since Oct. 1, 2011, against North Dakota.
Sperry was sharp for the Terriers to earn her eighth career shutout. She made 10 saves in the first period before stopping seven shots in each of the final two frames. This is her first shutout since she blanked Boston College, 6-0, last season (Jan. 25).
Tutino started the scoring just 2:28 into the proceedings. Kohanchuk capitalized on a Colonial turnover in their defensive zone and won the puck back in the right circle. She then found Tutino in the slot, who deposited her sixth goal of the season.
Lefort extended the Terriers' lead at the 16:37 mark of the opening period after a nice 2-on-1 with Poulin. Cardella sent the puck hard around the boards to Lefort on the left wing. The freshman forward won a 1-on-1 battle at her own blue line and raced up the left wing to form a 2-on-1 with Poulin. After a quick give-and-go in the offensive zone, Lefort's first shot was saved. However, she swiftly followed up on the rebound to make it a 2-0 game.
The second period saw no scoring and just one penalty, which the Terriers successfully killed. Lefort hit a post in the period after her line established a good string of possession, while junior Louise Warren was stoned from point-blank range by Robert Morris goaltender Kristen DiCiocco (32 saves).
It remained a 2-0 game until the 15:18 mark of the third stanza. Poulin tried to work the puck to Cardella for a redirect in front of the net, but the puck ended up behind the net. Cardella corralled the puck behind the net and found Lefort, who used her quick release to beat DiCiocco.
The teams were not whistled for a single penalty in the third period and combined for just six penalty minutes in total. The Colonials were held to just two power play shots.
BU will be back in action on Wednesday night, as the Terriers celebrate Halloween by welcoming No. 6 Boston College to Walter Brown Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with BU All-Access airing live from the arena lobby