Freshman Melissa Haber posts shutout with 26 saves

BOSTON - The Boston University women’s ice hockey team completed their weekend sweep of Vermont Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena blanking the visiting team, 4-0. The Terriers remain flawless on the year, improving to 6-0-0 (2-0-0 HE), as Vermont recorded their sixth straight loss, going 0-6-0 (0-4-0 HE). Goaltender Melissa Haber recorded the shutout in her first collegiate outing, totaling 26 saves.

The Terriers’ four goals were all scored in a span of 8:59 in the second period, during which BU killed off a 5-on-3 penalty and notched their first shorthanded goal of the season by Gina Kearns. Freshman Melissa Anderson opened scoring in the middle period, scoring her first power-play goal. Less than a minute after Kearns recorded her goal, fellow co-captain Cara Hendry scored off an assist by Anderson to give BU the 3-0 lead. Hendry’s goal was the only even strength goal during the game. Amanda Shaw concluded the scoring with a power-play goal, giving the Terriers the 4-0 decision, and back-to-back shutouts.

Vermont took their sixth penalty of the day at 1:14 in the second period. Anderson, who leads the team in points, collaborated with Shaw a minute into the power-play to produce the game-winning goal. Anderson has now recorded a point in every game she has played, averaging two points per game.

Boston University took two penalties within 1:06 of each other to give Vermont a 5-on-3 advantage. Julie Poulin took the first penalty for BU, entering the box at 5:06. The junior defenseman rejoined the ice two minutes later, forcing a turnover and feeding the puck to Kearns, who put it in the net. Freshman Sarah Appleton remained in the box, but Vermont was unable to capitalize on the power-play. They went 0-for-8 on the night.

Less than a minute later, with both teams skating full-strength, Hendry took a pass from Anderson to increase BU’s lead to 3-0, and register her first goal of the season.

Anderson and Poulin both recorded second assists on the night when Shaw picked up her first goal of the campaign, a power-play goal at 11:13. The home team went 2-for-7 on the power-play. Anderson earned second-star of the game honors for her three-point night, while Shaw picked up the third star.

Haber earned the first-star on the night, weathering an offensive attack during the third period, in which the freshman made 17 saves.

Boston University continues Hockey East play when they travel to New Hampshire on Sunday, Oct. 29 to face the no. 2 Wildcats. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.