BOSTON - After battling back to tie the game with 5:45 left in regulation, the Northeastern women's ice hockey team took Boston University to the brink before the Terriers netted a game-winning goal with 1:47 to play in overtime to top the Huskies, 3-2.
Chelsiea Goll and Katie MacSorley netted goals for the Huskies, while Chloe Desjardins made 35 saves in goal. Kerrin Sperry, meanwhile, had 33 saves as the Terriers outshot NU 38-35. Northeastern went 1-of-7 on the power play while BU was 0-of-6.
The Terriers took control of the contest early with a goal less than two minutes in, but Northeastern settled in following the tally to outshoot BU 11-10 and net the equalizer midway through the frame.
Sarah Lefort gave the Terriers a 1-0 lead just 1:13 into the game when she took advantage of a fortuitous Boston University bounce in the neutral zone. After taking a feed from Samantha Sutherland, Kayla Tutino attempted to send one up to Lefort, but an NU defender got a stick on the passing bid. The puck, however, got behind the Husky back checker, and Lefort pounced on it to roof one over the shoulder of Desjardins for the score.
The Huskies were awarded three power plays during the opening stanza, and generated four shots on goal, but could not beat Sperry. MacSorley thought she had leveled the score at one when her low shot got through the legs of Sperry, but the puck went off the left post and into the corner.
Northeastern broke through with 6:54 left in the frame when Goll buried her second of the season when she took a pass from Heather Mottau and tucked a shot between Sperry's shoulder and the top right corner to make it 1-1.
The Terriers held a 16-11 edge in shots during the second period, picked up the go-ahead goal with 6:38 left in the frame. The Huskies were forced to kill off a five-on-three penalty for 1:51 early on in the frame, and leaned on Desjardins to make several tough saves during the man advantage. The junior netminder steered aside seven BU shots during the power play while Kaleigh Fratkin rang a shot off the pipe, as well.
Northeastern had a chance on the man advantage during the second period, but nearly converted on a two-on-one between Hayley Scamurra and MacSorley, with Sperry robbing MacSorley on a one-timer from point blank range.
Boston University would retake the lead with less than seven minutes remaining in the second when Tutino netted her first goal of the season when she hammered home a one-timer from Louise Warren with a delayed penalty upcoming on the Huskies.
NU had another chance on the power play early on in the third period, and tossed three shots on goal, but could not beat Sperry. The Huskies almost knotted the score at two when Kelly Wallace dove to keep the puck in the NU, and then gathered it before snapping a shot off the right post.
The Huskies would continue to battle, and buried the equalizer on the power play with 5:45 left in regulation when Scamurra dished the puck out in front of the BU goal where MacSorley banged it home for her third of the season to make it 2-2 and send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, the Terriers nearly netted the game-winner 1:40 into overtime when Dakota Woodworth was left alone in front of the net, but Sonia St. Martin was able to impede her shot bid and sent the puck wide.
Boston University would continue to press and notched the game-winner with 1:47 left in the frame when Warren took advantage of an NU turnover to beat Desjardins glove side.
The Huskies will be back in action on Friday when Northeastern travels to Orono, Maine for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Black Bears.