Boston, Mass. - The Boston University women's ice hockey team skated past Vermont Sunday, 3-0, as freshman Jillian Kirchner collected two points and junior goaltender Allyse Wilcox earned her first shutout of the season. Junior co-captain Gina Kearns scored the team's first shorthanded goal of the year to put the Terriers ahead in the first period. Senior Stephanie Armstrong's goal with 53 seconds remaining sealed the victory for the Terriers.
Before Boston University (4-9-2, 2-3-0 HE) scored twice in the third period, the game played out as a defensive battle with the teams constantly clearing the puck to kill penalties. Shots came at a premium, as Vermont (4-9-1, 0-6-1) and BU combined for only 26 in the first two periods.
Kearns's goal in the first period came with the Catamounts on the power play after a body checking call on BU. Kearns and Kirchner skated on a fast break towards goal, with one defender between them and the netminder. Kirchner sent a crossing pass to Kearns, who slipped a shot past the goaltender 7:58 into the game for the Terriers' first shorthanded goal of the season.
After playing a scoreless second period, Kirchner scored a goal of her own to open up BU's lead. Kirchner's third goal of the year came after junior Caroline Bourdeau won the face-off in Catamount territory. Bourdeau's slap at the puck directed it towards Kirchner, who quickly redirected it into goal for her third point of the weekend, after notching an assist Saturday afternoon.
Armstrong's goal late in the third period came as juniors Erin Seman and Sophie Thornton got the puck to the senior in front of goal. Armstrong shot it home with 53 seconds left in the game for the last score.
Wilcox's shutout came off of 21 assists and is her first of the year, after posting one in each of the past two seasons. BU out-shot UVM 28-21 on the afternoon, and both teams went scoreless on the power play.
The Terriers host cross-town rival Boston College Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. It will be the first of four meetings for BU and BC, including the Beanpot Tournament. Last year, the Eagles took two of three meetings between the teams.