BOSTON - A goal in each period lifted the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 3-1 win over Boston College in the first round of the Hockey East tournament on Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. Junior Lauren Cherewyk and freshman Jill Cardella each tallied a goal and an assist for the third-seeded Terriers, who improved to 15-8-12 and will face second-seeded New Hampshire in the conference semifinals on Saturday (March 6) at 3 p.m. in Providence, R.I.
Junior Jillian Kirchner also scored for the Terriers, while senior goaltender Melissa Haber stopped 17 shots to earn the win.
Sophomore Danielle Welch scored the lone goal for the sixth-seeded Eagles, who concluded their season with an 8-17-10 record. Sophomore Kiera Kingston made 28 saves in goal for BC.
The Terriers got on the board on their first power-play opportunity of the game. Sophomore Jenelle Kohanchuk, who was returning to the lineup after a 10-game absence due to injury, took a shot that was saved and the rebound was deflected by senior Jonnie Bloemers to Kirchner, who knocked in her eighth goal of the season.
The Eagles leveled the score before the first period was out when Welch potted her ninth goal of the season at the 15:46 mark.
In four-on-four action late in the second period, Cherewyk gave BU the lead for good when she scored her 12th goal of the season off an assist from Cardella.
The Terriers added an insurance goal midway through the third when Cardella netted her 12th goal of the season, converting on a pass from senior Melissa Anderson, who extended her BU record with her 37th point of the season.
BU was 1-for-5 on the power play, netting a power-play goal for the fourth straight game, while BC was 0-for-3, as the Terriers' penalty kill was perfect for the third straight game.
The Terriers now advance to the Hockey East semifinals for the third straight season, where they will face New Hampshire, who were part of a three-way tie with BU and Northeastern for second place in the league standings.