BOSTON - Sophomore Erin Seman scored midway through the overtime period to push the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over RPI in its home opener on Friday evening at Walter Brown Arena. Seman also assisted on each of the Terriers' two goals in regulation, helping BU stay undefeated on the year at 3-0-0.
Rensselaer’s Brooke Thompson took a hooking penalty at 1:14 of the first period, putting the Terriers on the power-play for the first of five times during the evening. Freshman Sarah Appleton blasted the puck from just inside the blueline, beating RPI goaltender Ashley Mayr, to score her first power-play goal. Melissa Anderson and Seman assisted on the play.
Midway through the first period, Anderson nearly doubled the score. Rensselaer turned the puck over deep in their own slot, to a waiting Anderson, who fired point blank at Mayr. Mayr made the save, helping her team end the first period down one goal.
Rensselaer tied the game up at 6:59 in the second period, as Allysen Waidner crowded the crease and beat Wilcox.
With three seconds remaining in the second period, Anderson scored her first collegiate goal, with an assist from Seman, to put the Terriers up going into the third period. Including her two-point game against RPI, Anderson is averaging two points-per-game in her rookie season.
Boston University’s defense worked overtime in the third period, as RPI out shot BU for the third straight period. However, with just over three minutes left in regulation, Whitney Naslund skated deep into the crease, bouncing a shot of Wilcox, and leaving teammate Waidner with the rebound. In the flurry, RPI found the back of the net and tied the game, forcing overtime.
Anderson took a roughing penalty at 18:43 of the third period, putting the Terriers down a player going into overtime. Leading up to Friday night’s game, the Terriers were 0-4 in overtime.
After returning to full-strength in overtime, both teams spent time in the neutral zone, waiting for offensive opportunities. Erin Seman, with help from Genevieve Laing and Sarah Appleton, shot from just outside the left crease, to give the Terriers the overtime win.
With the help of the defense, who held RPI to 1-of-8 on the power-play, Wilcox picked up her third straight win, stopping 28 of 30 shots.
The victory improves the Terriers to 3-0-0 on the season, while RPI falls to 0-4-0. The three-game winning sets a high for BU women’s varsity hockey. The two teams will match up again on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for the final game of the series.