BOSTON - Freshman Samantha Sutherlandscored her fifth goal of the season but the No. 8 Boston University women's ice hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 7 Boston College on Wednesday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (15-4-1, 8-1-0 WHEA) saw its 20-game home win streak come to an end along with its 23-game Hockey East win streak. BC (13-4-2, 8-1-0 WHEA) has the only two victories over BU at Walter Brown Arena since Maine defeated the Terriers on Jan. 15, 2012.
Senior captain Louise Warren and sophomore Sarah Lefort each assisted on Sutherland's goal to extend their respective point streaks to five and six games. Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry stopped 30 shots in the loss.
The Eagles opened the scoring at the 10:09 mark of the period thanks to a Dana Trivigno goal before adding another goal nearly two minutes later. They made it a 3-0 lead 6:15 into the second stanza on the strength of a Kate Leary goal.
Sutherland cut the BC lead to 3-1 with 4:58 left in the middle frame. Lefort began the sequence with an outlet pass to Sutherland in the neutral zone. The freshman forward entered the Eagles' end and dropped the puck back for Warren, whose shot was stopped by Corinne Boyles (22 saves). The rebound came to Sutherland at the right post, however, and she knocked it home for the goal.
That goal gave the Terriers' new life and they had two golden chances to add to their total in the second period. The first came when Lefort beat Boyles with a shot, but the senior netminder reached back into her crease and knocked the puck out of danger. Moments later, freshman Sarah Steele rang a shot off the post and BC escaped with a two-goal lead.
It became a 4-1 game at the 13:05 juncture of the final frame when Melissa Bizzari added a power-play goal. BU killed off five power-play bids in the game, including a lengthy 5-on-3 opportunity early in the third.
BU will hit the road for its next two contests, beginning with a trip to Maine on Saturday. Game time is set for 3 p.m.