BOSTON - Sophomore Erin Seman scored the game-winning goal for the second night in a row, leading the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over RPI on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. The win completes a two-game sweep following Friday's 3-2 overtime triumph and keeps the Terriers undefeated on the year at 4-0-0.
After a late first-period goal by sophomore Nicki Wiart, RPI knotted the game in the fourth minute of the second period on a shorthanded goal. Seman scored the decisive goal at the 17:15 mark of the middle stanza, helping to increase the Terriers' program-record win streak to four games.
Sophomore goaltender Allyse Wilcox made 23 saves, including 10 in the third period, to improve to 4-0 on the year. Ashley Mayr also made 23 saves in the losing effort, as the Engineers remained winless at 0-5-0.
Late in the first period, sophomore co-captain Gina Kearns skated down the left side of the ice, passing the puck directly in front of the crease to freshman Melissa Anderson, who tipped the puck to Wiart. Wiart scored on the pass, notching her third goal of the season with just 1:40 left in the opening period.
Early in the second period, RPI’s Julie Aho went to the penalty box for a hooking call. A turnover inside BU’s blueline gave RPI's Jamie-Lynn Stewart a clear shot at Wilcox. Wilcox went down to make the save, but Stewart’s shot managed to slide under Wilcox’s right pad at the 3:08 mark.
Both teams struggled to gain control of the puck throughout most of the second period, but with less than three minutes remaining in the period, Rensselaer cleared the puck and gave BU a chance to set up what would be the game-winning goal.
Sophomore Amanda Shaw played the puck from deep in her own zone, passing to classmate Catherine Foley. Foley got the puck to senior co-captain Cara Hendry, who helped direct the pass to Seman. A slap-shot from the right circle went high over Mayr’s shoulder and to the net at the 17:15 mark.
The sophomore from Ramsey, Minn., also scored the overtime goal against RPI Friday night, giving the Terriers their first overtime victory in program history.
Whitney Naslund and Allysen Weidner, who were responsible for Friday night’s game-tying goal, blasted two consecutive shots, nearly tying the game late in the third, but Wilcox was up to the task.
The Terriers open conference play next weekend at home against Vermont. Last season, BU faced the Catamounts three times, picking up two wins and a tie. Game times are slated for 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.