BOSTON - Sophomore Lauren Cherewyk scored the third hat trick in program history to lead the Boston University women's ice hockey team to an 8-1 win over Maine on Saturday afternoon in Hockey East action at Agganis Arena. Senior Erin Seman scored two goals and junior Melissa Anderson added four points for the Terriers, who improve to 5-2-1 and are unbeaten in their last five games.
Cherewyk has now scored five goals over the last two games after netting a pair on Thursday at No. 4 New Hampshire. BU, ranked tenth in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and a perfect 2-0-0 in Hockey East play, also got goals from freshmen Jenelle Kohanchuk and Carly Warren, the latter scoring the first of her collegiate career. Freshman Tara Watchorn collected a career-best three assists and junior Melissa Haber stopped 12 shots between the pipes.
The scoring got started midway through the first period on the Terriers' first power play of the game, when senior Amanda Shaw sent the puck in from the blue line and Cherewyk redirected it into the net.
BU struck again right off the opening faceoff in the second when Kohanchuk won the faceoff and got the puck back via sophomore Jillian Kirchner and senior Gina Kearns, putting into the net nine seconds into the period. Maine got on the board at 5:36 in the middle frame when senior Vanessa Vani corraled a loose puck in the offensive zone and got it to freshman Dominique Goutsis for her second goal of the season. The Terriers quickly answered, though, with Seman scoring in a shot from the slot less than a minute later after Anderson fed the puck from behind the net.
After holding a 12-3 advantage in shots in the second frame, the BU offense exploded in the third period, outshooting Maine, 13-4, and lighting the lamp five times, more goals than the Terriers have scored in an entire game thus far this season.
"The stars lined up a little for us," said head coach Brian Durocher. "We went into the (third) period focusing on seeing if we could get out of there with one goal on the board for them. I figured we might get a fourth or a fifth, but we got that and a little bit more."
The barrage began with Cherewyk's second goal of the game at 7:28. Seman followed two minutes later on the power play before Cherewyk completed the hat trick with another power-play goal at 12:26 thanks to a set up from Anderson.
Anderson already had three assists to her credit when she scored at the 14:55 mark to make it a 7-1 game and Warren wrapped up the scoring with her first career goal at 17:36. Warren's goal was BU's fourth power-play goal of the game as the Terriers' formerly struggling extra-man unit went 4-for-8, the most power-play goals the Terriers have netted in a game since Nov. 27, 2005.
Maine senior Genevieve Turgeon made 25 saves in goal as BU ended the game with a 33-13 advantage in shots on goal.
BU travels to the Granite State on Thursday (Oct. 30) to take on No. 4 New Hampshire at 7 p.m. in Durham. The team is back at Walter Brown Arena on Nov. 1, hosting Providence at 3 p.m. Live streaming video is available for all home games this season through BU All-Access on GoTerriers.com.