BOSTON UNIVERSITY DEFEATS HARVARD, 5-3
Junior forward Jenn Wakefield nets a goal and adds two assists for Terriers
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Three Terriers -- Jenelle Kohanchuk (3a), Jenn Wakefield (1g, 2a) and Marie-Philip Poulin (2g) -- recorded multi-point games to lead the No. 4/5 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 5-3 non-conference victory over Harvard at Bright Hockey Center on Friday night.
Kohanchuk tallied a career-high three assists, while Wakefield and Poulin tallied their eighth and 10th mulit-point games of the season, respectively. Senior Jillian Kirchner and sophomore Jill Cardella also scored for BU. Freshman goaltender Kerrin Sperry made 27 saves as she improved to 11-0-2 to start her collegiate career.
The Terriers (14-2-3), who defeated Harvard for the first time in program history, closed out the fall semester on a six-game winning streak and improved to 6-0-0 against ECAC Hockey teams in 2010-11.
Both BU and Harvard were 1-for-3 with the player advantage. Harvard outshot the Terriers, 30-29.
While on the power play, BU jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 4:19 into the first period. From behind the net, Kohanchuk slid a pass to Wakefield in the left circle. Wakefield then found Poulin in the slot, where she rifled her fourth power-play marker of the season past Bellamy.
Kirchner doubled the Terrier lead with her eighth marker of the season at 2:46 of the middle period. Wakefield collected the puck in the right circle and sent a pass to Kirchner in the slot, where she wristed a shot over Bellamy's left shoulder.
Harvard then halved the Terriers' lead with Liza Ryabkina's goal at 13:09 of the second frame. Senior Kate Buesser passed to Ryabkina in the left circle, where she converted on a one-timer. The marker snapped the Terriers' 179:05 shutout streak.
In the third period, Ryabkina evened the game at 2:24 of the third period. While on a power play, Ryabkina received a pass near the bottom of the left circle and one-timed the puck into the back of the net
BU regained the lead just 1:17 later when Wakefield netted her 15th goal of the season. Freshman Kaleigh Fratkin chipped the puck to Wakefield behind the net. The Pickering, Ont., native then skated through the right circle and, while fending off a Harvard defenseman, slid the puck past Bellamy.
Cardella skated the Terriers to a 4-2 advantage just 28 seconds later. Cardella collected Kohanchuk's pass, skated down the left-wing boards, and wristed a shot from the left circle that found its way between the post and Bellamy's pad.
BU grabbed a 5-2 lead with 6:09 remaining in the game. Poulin passed to Kohanchuk behind the net, where she skated toward the front of the cage and slid a shot on goal. The rebound came out to Poulin, who poked in the loose puck.
With less than one second remaining in the game, senior Katharine Chute grabbed a BU turnover and scored to account for the 5-3 final.
The Terriers will return to action on Jan. 2 when they visit Brown.