VAIL, Colo. - Senior Kerrin Sperry stopped 28 shots en route to earning her second shutout of the season as the No. 8 Boston University women's ice hockey team defeated St. Cloud State, 2-0, on Friday at the Dobson Ice Arena.
BU (10-1-1) got goals from freshman Samantha Sutherland and junior Sarah Bayersdorfer to complement Sperry's 13th career shutout. BU has not allowed more than three goals in all 12 of its games this season and is currently riding an eight-game win streak.
Sutherland opened the scoring just 6:04 into the proceedings. The freshman forward just came onto the ice during a line change and intercepted a St. Cloud outlet pass. She raced up the right wing and her wrist shot beat Julie Friend (fsdkjf saves) to give BU a 1-0 lead.
Sperry made 10 saves in the first period, including several beauties. Her best save came at the end of the Huskies' lone power-play chance of the frame when Lauren Hespenheide redirected a shot, forcing Sperry to change directions and outstretch her left leg to make the save.
Bayersdorfer and senior Meghan Riggs combined to give BU a 2-0 lead at the 4:35 mark of the second stanza. Riggs cleared the puck out of the Terrier zone and gave chase all the way to the right corner of the St. Cloud end. She beat her defender and found a wide-open Bayersdorfer in front of the net. The junior forward then made a nifty move to get Friend to commit before depositing her second goal of the season.
Sperry was simply sensational in the third period. She made 15 saves in the final frame, including many high-quality stops. Her best stop may have been when she denied Molli Mott, the Huskies' leading point producer, on a breakaway chance with 6:30 remaining in regulation. The Huskies pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker with 1:00 to play, but the Terrier defense held strong and Sperry made one last save on a redirection to preserve the shutout.
The Terriers will return to action on Saturday night when they face off against second-ranked Wisconsin. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET.