|1st||8:02||NOE||1-0||EV||Jordan Krause (1)||Heather Mottau/5, Kendall Coyne/5|
|1st||13:29||BU||1-1||PP||Shannon Doyle (1)||Kayla Tutino/3, Samantha Sutherland/3|
|1st||17:23||BU||2-1||EV||Rebecca Russo (3)||Rebecca Leslie/3, Maddie Elia/4|
|1st||19:06||NOE||2-2||PP||Kendall Coyne (4)||McKenna Brand/1, Hayley Scamurra/2|
|2nd||10:54||BU||3-2||EV GW||Rebecca Russo (4)||Rebecca Leslie/4, Caroline Campbell/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (5-2-0)||1/3||4/8||0|
|Chloé Desjardins (L, 1-3-3)||59:00||3||5||16||9||30|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin O'Neil (W, 2-2-0)||60:00||2||9||15||13||37|
BOSTON - Junior Rebecca Russo recorded two goals, including the game-winner, to help lead the No. 6/7 Boston University women's ice hockey team to an exciting 3-2 victory over Northeastern on Tuesday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (5-2-0, 2-1-0 WHEA) hosted Northeastern (1-3-3, 0-1-0 WHEA) in the program's 10th home opener, commemorated by a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game by Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna. It was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams holding a first-period lead before Russo provided the game-winner in the second stanza.
Freshman Erin O'Neil shined in her home debut, making a career-high 37 saves. She stopped all 28 shots she saw in the final two periods, including 13 in the final frame. Classmate Rebecca Leslie assisted on both of Russo's goals, with junior Kayla Tutino and senior Caroline Campbell each adding an assist of their own.
Jordan Krause opened the scoring 8:02 into the proceedings. Kendall Coyne cycled the puck to the right point for Heather Mottau, who quickly went across the top of the zone for Krause. Her shot had eyes through traffic past O'Neil for a 1-0 lead.
Coyne nearly gave NU a 2-0 lead while killing a penalty, but her breakaway bid was turned aside by O'Neil. That saved proved huge moments later when the Terriers tallied their lone power-play marker at the 13:29 mark of the period. Tutino skated through the offensive zone, around the Northeastern net, and eventually left the puck at the top of the zone for Doyle. Her shot took a friendly deflection off a Husky defender and sailed past Chloe Desjardins (30 saves) for Doyle's first goal of the season.
Russo gave BU its first lead of the game less than four minutes later. Leslie's initial shot was stopped by Desjardins, but Russo was in a perfect position along the left post to knock home the rebound. Coyne evened the score, however, with 54 seconds left in the frame to send the teams to the first intermission deadlocked, 2-2.
Leslie nearly gave BU a lead with a shorthanded goal early in the stanza, but like O'Neil in the first period, Desjardins came up with a save on a breakaway chance to keep the game at 2-2. That tie did not last much longer, however, as Russo scored the game-winner at the 10:54 mark of the middle period. Campbell began the play with a pass out of her own zone to Leslie, who then got the puck to Russo. She fired a shot from between the circles that stayed inside the left post for her fourth goal of the season.
O'Neil came up big on several occasions to keep BU ahead for good in a physical but fair contest. A diving effort on her part kept the one-goal lead early in the third period. The Terriers caught a break with 1:10 remaining in regulation when a quick whistle saved a potential Husky goal. The play was reviewed, and while the puck did cross the line, the referees were unable to determine whether the whistle had blown and the original call on the ice stood.
Northeastern pulled Desjardins for an extra attacker after the review, but BU held the Huskies to just one shot attempt in the final 1:10. Following a Terrier timeout, the Huskies had a crucial faceoff in the offensive zone with 12.7 seconds to play. Right after the draw, Hayley Scamurra was whistled for interference to effectively seal the game.
BU will remain at home on Sunday as the Terriers welcome New Hampshire to Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.