Erin Seman picks up hat trick for Terriers

BOSTON - Sophomore Erin Seman recorded the first hat trick for the Boston University women's ice hockey program on Saturday afternoon, helping the Terriers close out the 2006-07 season with a 6-2 win over Northeastern at Walter Brown Arena. Northeastern took a two-goal lead, before the Terriers scored six-unanswered goals to finish the year 19-12-3 overall and 10-9-2 in Hockey East. Northeastern ends the season 5-26-2 overall and 4-15-2 in conference matchups.

For the third time this season, BU posted a come-from-behind win against the Huskies. Northeastern opened the scoring at 1:54 in the first period, and took the two-goal lead at 10:51. The Terriers responded and ended the first period tied at two. At 3:09 in the second period, Seman scored what would become the game-winning goal and her first of three.

Seman scored another second period goal, along with teammate Kelley Karnan to lead 5-2 at the conclusion of the second. With 1:48 remaining in regulation, Seman notched her third goal of the night to record her and BUís first hat trick. Freshman goaltender Melissa Haber made 23 saves on the day, finishing the year with an overall record of 9-3-2.

Northeasternís two first-period goals came courtesy of Colleen Sanborn and Chelsey Jones. Both ended the game with one goal and one assist apiece. Just after Jonesí goal, the Terriers rebounded to go on the offensive attack. Sophomore co-captain Gina Kearns took a faceoff just outside NUís zone, passing the puck to fellow captain Cara Hendry. Hendry took a shot near the crease, beating goaltender Sydney Arbelbide, to put the game within one.

BU tied the game at 17:54, when sophomore Catherine Foley jammed a puck past the Huskiesí net. Junior Julie Poulin took the initial shot that sophomore Nicki Wiart redirected right to Foleyís stick. The period ended deadlocked.

At 2:30 in the second period, Jones was called for roughing, giving the Terriers their second power play of the game. BU skated the puck deep into Northeastern territory, setting up the power play. Freshman Melissa Anderson passed the puck to Kearns, who found an open space to Seman. Seman blasted a shot past Arbelbide at 3:09 to take the 3-2 lead while on the power play.

Seman struck again just minutes later. Anderson passed the puck to her teammate, who took a wrister from the left faceoff circle for the 4-2 lead at 4:56. After the goal, Northeastern switched to goaltender Sarah Belliveau.

Belliveau had barely settled in between the pipes when sophomore Kelley Karnan scored to give BU the 5-2 lead at 6:08. Freshman Jonnie Bloemers and sophomore Caroline Bourdeau assisted on the goal.

Both teams picked up the physical play after Karnanís goal, reaching its high point at 18:30 of the middle period. Poulin was hit with a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while NUís Jessica Coppney was called for roughing at the same time. Coppney was also given a ten-minute misconduct.

The third period opened with four-on-four play until Coppney left the penalty box just 30 seconds in, putting NU on the power play. The Terriers killed off the penalty, keeping their three-goal lead intact.

As the minutes ticked away in the third period, the Terriersí began to dominate play again. At 18:12, Anderson passed the puck to Seman, who scored her third goal of the game to give her team the 6-2 lead. Semanís hat trick helped her end the season with a team-high 19 goals. Anderson ended the game with three assists.

Although the Terriers dominated the scoring, Northeastern ended the game outshooting its opponent 25-24.

Saturdayís game was the last for Hendry, as well as fellow senior Jessica Lortie. Hendry ended her two-year career at BU with 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists). Lortie totaled five point (one goal, four assists).

The Terriers ended their second year as a varsity program finishing above .500 in every category. The team went 19-12-3 overall, 10-9-2 in conference, 10-5-0 at home and 8-6-3 on the road. Head coach Brian Durocher improved his career winning percentage with the team ≠to .515 (31-29-7).