Boston U. blanks Boston College
Boston University Athletics
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Jenn Wakefield scored twice and freshman Kerrin Sperry made 22 saves, as the No. 3 Boston University women’s ice hockey team blanked No. 6 Boston College, 4-0, at Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Jillian Kirchner broke a scoreless tie with 14:06 left in the second period, while freshman Marie-Philip Poulin, who also recorded two assists, extended BU’s lead with a power-play goal in the third frame. Wakefield then added two goals, including an empty-netter, late in the stanza to round out the scoring. The Pickering, Ont., native notched four points (2g, 2a) in the contest.
The Terriers (17-2-3, 7-1-3 HEA) registered their ninth straight win and Sperry collected her fourth shutout of the season, which tied BU’s single-season record. BU shut out the Eagles for the second time this season, as BU earned a 1-0 win over BC at Conte Forum on Nov. 21.
The Terriers outshot the Eagles by a 26-22 margin. BU was 1-for-5 on the power play, while BC was 0-for-3. Senior goaltender Molly Schaus made 21 saves for the Eagles as they dropped to 13-4-4 (7-2-2 HEA).
In the first frame, the Terriers held a 12-11 shot advantage, but the Eagles earned the period’s best scoring chances. With BU on the penalty kill, a cross-crease pass was sent to BC forward Taylor Wasylk, but Sperry went post-to-post to make the left pad save.
With just under three minutes remaining in the stanza, Sperry thwarted senior Kelli Stack’s backhand attempt from outside the crease. Moments later, the freshman netminder continued her stellar play as she denied BC during a two-on-one rush.
In the second period, Kirchner gave the Terriers a 1-0 lead at 5:54. Sophomore Kathryn Miller collected a BC clearing attempt along the boards and passed to Wakefield below the goal line. The junior one-touched the puck to Kirchner at the top of the crease, where she banged in her own rebound for the goal.
While on the power play, Poulin gave BU a 2-0 lead with 10:41 remaining in the third period. Wakefield entered the offensive zone down the left-wing boards and dropped a pass to Poulin in the left circle. The Beauceville, Que., native rifled a slap shot that went off Schaus and into the back of the net.
Wakefield then scored both her goals with less than a minute remaining in the game. After receiving a pass from senior Holly Lorms, Wakefield netted her fist marker into an empty net with 52 seconds left on the clock.
The junior scored again just 32 seconds later. Following a goalmouth scramble, Wakefield knocked in the loose puck past Schaus. Poulin and Lorms collected assists on the play. The Terriers held BC to just one shot in the final frame.