DETROIT, Mich. - Down 4-3 with four seconds on the clock, sophomore Tara Watchorn buried a long-range shot with just 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Terriers their third tie on four overtime games this season against Wayne State on Friday night at the City Sports Center. The fourth consecutive overtime contest marks the longest streak of extra-time games for Boston University in team history. The result moves the Terriers to 1-0-3 on the year while the Warriors move to 0-1-2 with their second-straight tie.
Both teams played nip-and-tuck through the first period, combining for just 17 shots in the opening stanza. In her first collegiate start, Boston University freshman goalie Alissa Fromkin was on her game early, recording a handful of key glove saves. Despite committing two penalties, the Terriers rode Fromkin's steady hand in net and killed both Warrior power plays to close out the first period with the score knotted 0-0.
The hosts struck early in the second, netting the game's first goal with just 1:09 gone in the second. Sophomore Lauren Regan led a quick charge by the Warriors and found Julie Hebert in front of the net and the freshman put home the goal from close range. BU used a man-up opportunity to equalize five minutes later as senior captain Sarah Appleton corralled a pass from Kasey Boucher and fired on net from the blueline. Freshman Jill Cardella redirected the puck past Warriors goalie Delayne Brian to knot the score at one apiece.
Wayne State continued to fire on net and was rewarded for their efforts two more times in the second period, as Katrina Protopapas and Jaclyn Stapleton both buried rebounds to put the hosts up 3-1 with 4:01 to play in the period. Cardella brought the Terriers back within one with her second goal of the game, stuffing home a loose puck out of a scuffle in front of the Warrior net. The teams ended the middle period tied at 17-all in shots, with Wayne State in the lead, 3-2.
The Terriers came out gunning in the third, but we unable to find the net through the first part of the period. Jenelle Kohanchuk jumped on a loose puck in front of the net eight minutes into the period, but her slapshot hit the post and deflected wide. A late BU penalty proved costly for the visitors, as Wayne State converted on a second power-play opportunity to push the score to 4-2. The Terriers got one back with 1:23 on the clock as Melissa Anderson buried a close-range shot off a pass from Lauren Cherewyk to bring the score to 4-3.
A late BU penalty appeared to seal the win for the hosts, but with four seconds left, a Warrior penalty leveled the playing field and gave the Terriers a faceoff in the Wayne State zone. Melissa Anderson won the faceoff back to an open Tara Watchorn, who beat Brian with a long range shot with 1.6 seconds in regulation.
The overtime period saw heavy pressure from the Terriers, but Brian held firm in net to preserve the 4-4 tie. With two assists in the loss, Lauren Cherewyk extended her point scoring streak to four games. Cardella registered her first multi-goal game of her young career while Jillian Kircher logged her third assist of the season.
The Terrier and Warriors complete the weekend series tomorrow in a 4 p.m. matchup.