Boston University Holds Off Northeastern In League Semifinals, 4-3
Junior defenseman Alexis Crossley registers goal and two assists for Terriers

Junior defenseman Alexis Crossley had a goal and two assists for the Terriers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:06  NOE1-0 EV Ainsley MacMillan (4)Hayley Scamurra/28, Denisa Křížová/38
1st 10:55  BU1-1 PP Rebecca Leslie (15)Alexis Crossley/11, Erin O'Neil/2
2nd 8:01  BU2-1 EV Victoria Bach (22)Jordan Juron/9, Sarah Steele/8
2nd 9:52  NOE2-2 EV Shelby Herrington (14)Denisa Křížová/39, Kasidy Anderson/9
2nd 15:09  BU3-2 EV Kayla Tutino (11)Alexis Crossley/12, Dakota Woodworth/7
3rd 10:54  BU4-2 SH GW Alexis Crossley (8)Victoria Bach/26
3rd 18:55  NOE3-4 PP EA Shelby Herrington (15)Kendall Coyne/34, Jordan Krause/25
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Boston University  1214
Northeastern  1113
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Boston University  1012729
Northeastern  20181957
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Boston University (23-13-2)  1/3 6/12 1
Northeastern (28-8-1)  1/4 5/10 0
Boston University Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Erin O'Neil (W, 17-7-2)60:003 19171854
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brittany Bugalski (L, 20-7-1)57:204 910625
Empty Net2:400     

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Boston University women's ice hockey team advanced to the Hockey East title game for the fifth straight year thanks to a 4-3 victory over No. 6 Northeastern on Saturday afternoon at Lawler Rink.

BU (23-13-2) will face top-ranked Boston College on Sunday in the league championship game. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:30, with the game broadcast live on American Sports Network.

The Terriers knocked off Northeastern (28-8-1) for the fourth straight season thanks to a two goals in the second period and a third marker in the final frame. The Huskies cut the lead to 4-3 late in the period with an extra-attacker goal, but they were unable to equalize before time expired.

Sophomore Erin O'Neil was outstanding on Saturday, making a career-high 54 saves. She stopped 18 shots in the final 20 minutes to help preserve the victory. That total is the second-most in Hockey East semifinal history.

Junior Alexis Crossley collected three points, including the game-winning goal. She also assisted on goals by sophomore Rebecca Leslie and senior captain Kayla Tutino. Sophomore Victoria Bach lit the lamp and had the primary helper on Crossley's goal. Seniors Jordan Juron and Dakota Woodworth also had an assist each, as did O'Neil and junior Sarah Steele.

Northeastern took a 1-0 lead 5:06 into the proceedings, but Leslie responded with a power-play goal at the 10:55 mark of the opening frame. She skated out of the BU zone, gained the blue line and uncorked a wrist shot into the top left corner for her 15th goal of the season.

Bach made it 2-1 8:01 into the second stanza. Juron gained entry into the Huskies' zone and dropped the disc back for Bach. The sophomore skated between the circles and snuck a shot through Brittany Bugalski's pads for her 22nd goal of the season.

Shelby Herrington tied the game moments later, and Bach appeared to have a case of a penalty shot shortly after that. She was on a breakaway when a Husky defender tripped her. BU only got a power play out of the incident, however, and was unable to convert.

The Terriers took a 3-2 lead with 4:51 remaining in the middle period thanks to a faceoff win by Woodworth. She got it back to Crossley, who then sent it down low for Tutino. The senior captain fought off Kendall Coyne's check, moved into the slot and fired a shot through a screen and past Bugalski.

Crossley added a crucial insurance goal that proved to be the game-winner with 9:06 remaining in regulation. During a penalty kill, Bach pushed the puck forward for Crossley, and the junior defenseman skated in alone on Bugalski. She lifted a backhander into the top corner for her eight goal of the season.

O'Neil saved her best stops for the final moments as Northeastern pressed for an equalizer. A nifty redirection made it 4-3, but despite the Huskies once again pulling Bugalski in favor of an extra attacker, O'Neil and the defense hung on to preserve the win.