|1st||10:29||MIN||1-0||EV||Meghan Lorence (2)||Rachel Ramsey/2, Kate Schipper/1|
|2nd||1:17||BU||1-1||EV||Rebecca Leslie (1)||Maddie Elia/2, Rebecca Russo/1|
|2nd||4:28||MIN||2-1||EV||Hannah Brandt (2)||Brook Garzone/2, Megan Wolfe/2|
|2nd||5:31||MIN||3-1||PP GW||Milica McMillen (3)||Rachael Bona/3, Rachel Ramsey/3|
|2nd||6:39||MIN||4-1||PP||Meghan Lorence (3)||Rachael Bona/4, Lee Stecklein/3|
|2nd||14:50||BU||2-4||EV||Rebecca Leslie (2)||Rebecca Russo/2, Maddie Elia/3|
|2nd||19:57||MIN||5-2||EV||Cara Piazza (2)||Lee Stecklein/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (1-1-0)||0/8||3/6||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin O'Neil (L, 0-1-0)||57:50||5||6||10||7||23|
|Amanda Leveille (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||2||7||4||15||26|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Freshman Rebecca Leslie scored her first two collegiate goals but the No. 4/6 Boston University women's ice hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 1 Minnesota on Saturday night at Ridder Arena.
BU (1-1) skated with Minnesota (2-0) throughout the contest, but three straight goals by the Gophers during the second period were the difference after the Terriers tied the game, 1-1, early in that stanza.
Leslie's two goals came thanks to great work from her linemates, sophomore Maddie Elia and junior Rebecca Russo, who each assisted on both of Leslie's markers. Freshman and Minnesota native Erin O'Neil made her first collegiate start between the pipes and made 23 saves.
The Terriers were the better team through a fast-pace opening 20 minutes, but the Gophers led on the scoreboard thanks to a redirection by Meghan Lorence. BU had the majority of chances but managed just seven shots on goal in the period.
It only took the Terriers just 1:17 of the middle frame to tie the game when Leslie potted her first collegiate goal after a sensational individual effort from Elia. Russo chipped the puck out of her zone to Elia, who skated through the neutral zone, dangled through the Gopher defense and got the puck on goal. Amanda Leveille made the first save, but Leslie crashed the net and knocked in the rebound.
Minnesota responded with three goals in a span of 2:11 to take a 4-1 lead. The final two goals in that stretch came on the power play, with the Gophers getting 1:57 of 5-on-3 time.
The Terriers got a goal back at the 14:50 mark of the stanza when Leslie once again dashed to the net and finished a play. Reversing roles from the first goal, Elia chipped the puck to Russo in the neutral zone. The junior forward raced up the right side and put a shot on goal that Leveille turned aside. The rebound came right to Leslie, however, and she calmly slid the puck into the open net. It appeared as if the lead would remain 4-2 entering the final frame, but Minnesota scored just three seconds before the second-period horn sounded to extend its lead to 5-2.
Trailing by three, the Terriers had a golden chance to cut into the Minnesota lead early in the third period, but they were unable to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity.
BU will break from its regular-season schedule to host the Boston Blades in an exhibition game on Oct. 11. The Terriers will raise two banners to honor their 2013-14 campaign that afternoon before the puck drops at 3 p.m.