|1st||19:26.5||BU||1-0||EV GW||Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga (2)||Rebecca Leslie/33, Rebecca Russo/21|
|3rd||3:19||BU||2-0||EV||Sammy Davis (17)||Jordan Juron/8, Savannah Newton/6|
|3rd||4:27||BU||3-0||EV||Kayla Tutino (9)||Alexis Woloschuk/12, Victoria Bach/24|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (21-12-2)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Madison Litchfield (L, 5-15-3)||55:40||3||11||19||12||42|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin O'Neil (W, 15-6-2)||60:00||0||6||7||12||25|
BOSTON - Sophomore Erin O'Neil stopped all 25 shots she saw to help lead the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 3-0 win over Vermont in game one of a Hockey East quarterfinal series on Friday night at Walter Brown Arena.
O'Neil recorded her second shutout of the season thanks in part to a 12-save third period in which Vermont played with an extra attacker for a span of 4:20. Her strong showing was coupled with a diverse offensive output that saw nine different Terriers tally a point.
Senior Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga secured the game-winning goal with 33.5 seconds left in the first period thanks to assists from sophomore Rebecca Leslie and senior Rebecca Russo. Freshman Sammy Davis and senior captain Kayla Tutino each lit the lamp early in the third period. Seniors Jordan Juron and Alexis Woloschuk each had a helper, as did sophomores Savannah Newton and Victoria Bach.
The teams appeared destined for a 0-0 deadlock after 20 minutes, but Ribeirinha-Braga broke through late in the opening frame. She skated out of her own zone before dishing the puck to Leslie. After Leslie stayed onside, she fed a pass to Ribeirinha-Braga, who was charging towards goal. The senior defenseman redirected the puck past Madison Litchfield (42 saves) for her second goal of the season.
BU and Vermont played a scoreless second stanza, but the Terriers scored twice in a 1:08 span early in the third period to pull away from the Catamounts. Davis sparked the scoring at the 3:19 mark. Litchfield stopped Juron's redirection of a Newton shot from the top of the zone, but Davis, who was knocked to the ice seconds earlier, chipped in the rebound for her 17th goal of the season.
Tutino made it 3-0 when she too capitalized on a rebound for her ninth marker of the campaign. This time it was off a Woloschuk shot from the right point.
It was a relatively clean game as each team only took two penalties on the evening. Vermont elected to pull Litchfield for an entire 2:00 power play that began with 6:57 remaining in regulation, but neither the Catamounts nor the Terriers scored during that stretch.
UVM pulled Litchfield again late in the frame but the closest the Terriers came to securing a fourth goal was when Bach missed the cage after she was slashed from behind with 12 seconds on the clock.
The Terriers can clinch the series and a berth in the Hockey East semifinals with a victory in game two on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.