|2nd||4:03||BU||1-0||EV||Rebecca Leslie (4)||Sarah Steele/2, Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga/3|
|3rd||5:28||UNH||1-1||PP||Amy Schlagel (1)||Nicoline Jensen/1|
|3rd||8:35||UNH||2-1||EV||Nicoline Jensen (1)||Carlee Toews/1|
|3rd||13:05||BU||2-2||EV||Sarah Lefort (4)||Kayla Tutino/4, Victoria Bach/2|
|3rd||15:38||BU||3-2||EV GW||Rebecca Russo (5)||Shannon Stoneburgh/1, Shannon Doyle/5|
|3rd||18:41||BU||4-2||EV EN||Sarah Lefort (5)||Kayla Tutino/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (2-8-1)||1/3||4/8||0|
|Boston University (6-2-0)||0/4||3/6||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Ashley Wilkes (L, 0-1-0)||58:45||3||8||6||12||26|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin O'Neil (W, 3-2-0)||60:00||2||7||14||11||32|
BOSTON - Junior Rebecca Russo scored her second game-winning goal of the week as part of a three-goal third period to help lead the No. 6 Boston University women's ice hockey team past New Hampshire, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (6-2-0, 3-1-0 WHEA) led New Hampshire (2-8-1, 0-4-0 WHEA) by a 1-0 margin entering the third period, but the Wildcats scored twice in the first 8:35 of the final frame to take a 2-1 lead. Junior Sarah Lefort tied the game at the 13:05 mark, however, before Russo's heroics 2:33 later sealed the victory. Lefort added an empty-netter to ice the game late in the proceedings.
Freshman Erin O'Neil earned her second straight victory with a 32-save performance between the pipes. She stopped all 14 shots she saw in the second period and had several sparkling stops to help preserve the victory. Junior Kayla Tutino tallied two assists and freshman Rebecca Leslie opened the scoring for the Terriers. In addition, four defensemen added an assist each, as seniors Shannon Doyle and Shannon Stoneburgh joined sophomore Sarah Steele and junior Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga on the score sheet.
The teams played a scoreless first period, thanks in large part to O'Neil's save with just under two minutes to play. Nicoline Jensen forced a turnover in the BU zone and was in alone on O'Neil, who came up with an excellent stop on a shot from the right circle to keep the game scoreless.
Leslie lifted BU to a 1-0 lead at the 4:03 mark of the second stanza. Ribeirinha-Braga played the puck back to her defensive partner Steele, who caught it in her own end. She sent an outlet pass to Leslie on the left wing of the neutral zone, but a UNH defender slowed the puck down in the neutral zone. That proved to be a fortunate break for the Terriers, as Leslie retrieved it and was a step behind the Wildcat defense. She skated in alone on Ashley Wilkes (26 saves) and beat her five-hole.
As she did in the opening period, O'Neil made a sensational stop, this time on Amy Schlagel with about eight minutes to go in the second stanza. However, Schlagel eventually got a puck past O'Neil with a power-play marker 5:28 into the third period to tie the game, 1-1. Jensen then gave UNH the lead at the 8:35 mark with her first goal of the season.
BU showed great resolve after Jensen's strike and Lefort recorded her first goal of the game with 6:55 left on the clock. Stoneburgh kept the play alive at the top of the zone and cycled the puck deep for freshman Victoria Bach. She wrapped around the net and fed the puck in front. Tutino had a chance that was turned aside at the top of the crease before Lefort followed with her fourth goal of the season.
A great individual effort from Russo gave BU the lead for good at the 15:38 mark. Doyle got the puck to Stoneburgh in the Terriers' zone and she pushed it forward to Russo. The junior forward skated all the way into the UNH zone, eluded a defender and beat Wilkes for her fifth goal of the season.
UNH pulled Wilkes in favor of an extra attacker with 1:19 remaining in regulation and an offensive-zone draw, but the Terriers quickly potted the crucial insurance goal. Tutino won the ensuing faceoff and quickly got the puck to Lefort, who chipped it past a UNH stick and raced into the offensive end before burying her fifth goal of the season into the vacant net.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 8, when they travel to New Haven, Connecticut, to face Yale. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.