|1st||8:19||BU||1-0||EV||Marie-Philip Poulin (18)||Rebecca Leslie/11|
|1st||9:43||BU||2-0||EV||Dakota Woodworth (3)||Samantha Sutherland/8, Diana Bennett/1|
|1st||11:09||UNH||1-2||PP||Amy Schlagel (3)||Sara Carlson/5|
|1st||11:22||BU||3-1||EV GW||Victoria Bach (16)||Rebecca Leslie/12, Maddie Elia/10|
|2nd||0:47||UNH||2-3||EV||Amy Boucher (7)||Hannah Armstrong/3|
|3rd||5:22||BU||4-2||EV||Maddie Elia (4)||Rebecca Leslie/13, Victoria Bach/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (18-7-2)||0/2||2/4||0|
|New Hampshire (8-19-1)||1/1||3/6||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin O'Neil (W, 8-3-1)||60:00||2||7||9||5||21|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 7-16-1)||57:50||4||5||8||10||23|
DURHAM, N.H. - Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) and Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) both scored a goal, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was edged 4-2 by sixth-ranked Boston University at the Whittemore Center on Saturday afternoon.
UNH, which netted the only second-period goal and recorded a 10-8 shot advantage that stanza, is now 8-19-1 overall and 5-11-0 in Hockey East. BU, which completed the three-game season sweep of the Wildcats with the win, improves to 18-7-2 overall and 13-4-0 in the league.
UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) made 10 of her 23 saves in the third period. BU counterpart Erin ONeil was credited with 21 saves. Rebecca Leslie fueled the Terriers' offense with three assists. Victoria Bach and Maddie Elia both finished with an goal and an assist. Marie-Philip Poulin and Dakota Woodworth were the other goal scorers.
BU took a 1-0 lead at 8:19 of the first period when Leslie snapped a pass out of the defensive zone to Poulin, who skated through the neutral zone into the attack zone before faking toward the slot, pulling the puck back to the right and scoring into an open right side.
The Terriers quickly extended the advantage to two goals 84 seconds later. Diana Bennett chipped the puck off the boards at the left point and Samantha Sutherland corralled the pass to set up Woodworth in the low slot for the goal.
The Wildcats went on their first power play of the game at 10:33 of the opening stanza and converted that skater advantage into a goal to trim the deficit to 2-1 at 11:09. Carlson circled back into the defensive zone to gain possession and fired a pass to Schlagel in the neutral zone. Schlagel carried the puck into the right circle and veered toward the slot before rifling a shot inside the right post.
BU responded with a goal 13 seconds later to regain a two-goal lead of 3-1 at 11:22. Elia kept the puck in the zone in the high slot by poking a pass to Leslie and she passed to Bach in the slot. Bach pulled the puck around Vaattovaara and tucked a shot into the cage.
New Hampshire struck 47 seconds into the second period to once again pull within one goal, 3-2. Boucher won the faceoff just outside the Wildcats' defensive zone and executed an outlet pass to Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario). Armstrong advanced with speed down the slot and her initial shot was stopped by O'Neil. Boucher, charging down the slot, collected the rebound and shoveled the puck into the open net for her seventh goal of the season.
The Terriers went on their second power play of the game at 5:05, but it was UNH that generated a dangerous scoring chance when Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) had a breakaway down the slot. She attempted to deke O'Neil, but the BU goalie held her ground to preserve the visitor's one-goal lead.
Two minutes later, Carlson gained possession in the right corner and eluded a defender to get to the low slot, where she was stoned by O'Neil sliding across the crease.
In the 14th minute, Kayla Tutino snuck behind the defense for a breakaway down the right wing, and she fired a shot from the circle wide of the far post. Less than a minute later, Vaattovaara was sharp to deny both Sarah Lefort and Tutino from close range.
With two minutes remaining in the second stanza, Vilgrain corralled a loose puck in front of the UNH bench and advanced into the right circle before lifting a shot wide of the near post.
Boston University claimed its third two-goal lead of the game, 4-2, at 5:22 of the third period when Elia, positioned in the low post, deposited a rebound into the open net. Leslie, with the initial shot from the slot, and Bach were credited with assists.
Just midway through the third, Vilgrain attacked down the right wing and snapped a centering pass that Boucher redirected just wide of the left post.
UNH pulled Vaattovaara in favor of an extra skater with 2:10 left in regulation, but BU did not allow a shot the rest of the way to preserve the two-goal advantage.
New Hampshire concludes its six-game homestand Feb. 8 (2 p.m.) against the University of Connecticut. The game will be televised live Fox College Sports Atlantic and broadcast on the Wildcats Sports Radio Network.