|1st||9:06||BU||1-0||PP||Sarah Lefort (1)||Shannon Doyle/1, Samantha Sutherland/1|
|2nd||5:11||STC||1-1||EV||Kelsey Saelens (1)||Mackenize Johnson/1|
|3rd||2:30||BU||2-1||PP||Maddie Elia (1)||Sarah Lefort/1|
|3rd||6:32||STC||2-2||EV||Molly Illikainen (1)||-|
|3rd||15:51||BU||3-2||EV GW||Rebecca Russo (1)||Rebecca Leslie/1|
|3rd||16:17||BU||4-2||EV||Marie-Philip Poulin (1)||Sarah Lefort/2|
|3rd||18:58||BU||5-2||PP||Victoria Bach (1)||Maddie Elia/1|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||1||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||8||4||17|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (1-0-0)||3/5||3/6||0|
|St. Cloud State (0-1-0)||0/3||5/10||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Victoria Hanson (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||2||5||7||3||15|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Julie Friend (L, 0-1-0)||60:00||5||13||10||11||34|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Junior Sarah Lefort notched her 100th career point as part of a three-point night as the No. 4/6 Boston University women's ice hockey team scored four times in the third period to defeat St. Cloud State, 5-2, on Friday night at Ridder Arena.
BU opened its 10th varsity season with a victory, improving to 3-0-1 in its last four season openers. Five different Terriers lit the lamp, with sophomore Maddie Elia, junior Rebecca Russo, senior Marie-Philip Poulin and freshman Victoria Bach each scoring. Bach's goal was the first of her collegiate career while Russo provided the game-winner. Russo has scored the team's first game-winning goal of the season in each of the last two years.
Lefort became the eighth Terrier in program history to reach the 100-point plateau, doing so in just 76 career games. The junior forward is the fifth player in school history to reach that mark within the last four seasons, joining Poulin, Louise Warren ('14), Jenelle Kohanchuk ('13) and Jenn Wakefield ('12). Melissa Anderson ('10), Gina Kearns ('09) and Jillian Kirchner ('11) are the other three players to achieve that record at BU.
Sophomore Victoria Hanson made 14 saves for the victory, with half of those stops coming in the second stanza. The Terrier defense was terrific all night, clogging up shooting lanes and holding the Huskies to just four shots on goal in the first and third periods. The Terrier special teams was also spectacular, going 3-for-5 on the power play and keep St. Cloud State scoreless on its three power-play opportunities.
Lefort's first goal came on a power play when she deftly redirected a shot from senior Shannon Doyle. Sophomore Samantha Sutherland supplied Doyle the puck at the left point to set up the goal, which came at the 9:06 mark of the first frame.
The Huskies evened the score midway through the second period and the game remained tied entering the final 20 minutes. However, just 2:30 into the closing stanza, Elia converted on the power play for a 2-1 lead. Doyle fired a shot from the point that was partially blocked in the slot. The puck continued towards another St. Cloud defender and then bounced off Lefort, who was stationed in front of the net. The puck then landed on Elia's stick and she buried it for the go-ahead goal. Lefort's assist was her 100th career point.
Molly Illikainen tied the game, 2-2, just over four minutes later and the game seemed destined for overtime until Russo's heroics put the Terriers in front for good. A Husky shot went wide and freshman Rebecca Leslie was first to the puck along the left half-wall. She chipped the puck into the neutral zone, where Russo gathered it and raced up the left side before cutting towards the crease and beating Friend short side. It was Leslie's first collegiate point.
Poulin marked her return to the Terriers with a goal just 26 seconds later when BU capitalized on a St. Cloud turnover. A Husky defender tried to cycle the puck around her own net, but Lefort intercepted the pass behind the cage and found Poulin all alone in front for the easy finish.
Bach iced the game with a power-play marker at the 18:58 juncture. Elia emerged from a battle at the St. Cloud blue line and got the puck to Bach, whose wicked wrister found the back of the net.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday night when they face off against top-ranked Minnesota. The host Gophers and BU have met at Ridder in each of the last two NCAA tournaments, including the 2013 title tilt. Puck drop is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET.