BOSTON, Mass. - Graduate student Catherine Ward, junior Jenn Wakefield and freshman Marie-Philip Poulin registered a goal and an assist each to lead the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 5-2 win over Maine at Walter Brown Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Terriers won their 10th straight game and improved to 18-2-3 (8-1-3 HEA). In addition, BU set a program record with its 11th home win of the season. The Terriers notched 10 home victories during the 2006-07 campaign.
Junior Jenelle Kohanchuk and sophomore Taylor Holze also scored for BU, while senior Jillian Kirchner and junior Tara Watchorn collected two assists each. Sophomore goaltender Alissa Fromkin turned aside 23 shots for the win.
BU was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Maine went 1-for-5 with the player advantage. The Terriers outshot the Black Bears by a 42-25 margin. Maine netminder Brittany Ott made 37 saves as the Black Bears dropped to 9-11-4 (3-7-2 HEA).
Ward opened the scoring with her second goal of the season just 31 seconds in the game. Kirchner entered the offensive zone down the left-wing boards and attempted a pass to the far post. The puck bounced off a Maine defenseman, and Ward skated down from her defensive position to knock the loose puck into the net. Wakefield also collected an assist on the play.
At 3:09, Wakefield notched her 20th marker of the season. The junior had her shot from outside the crease initially turned aside, but the puck went off a Maine defenseman in front and rolled into the net. Watchorn and junior Carly Warren registered assists on the goal.
Maine cut the deficit in half 49 seconds later when junior Myriam Croussette converted on a two-on-one rush with senior Jennie Gallo.
While on the power play, Kohanchuk regained the two-goal lead for the Terriers. Poulin passed to Watchorn, who took a shot from the top of the right circle that was stopped by Ott. Kohanchuk then sent the rebound in for the goal at 6:40.
Junior Dawn Sullivan answered for Maine with a power-play goal with 8:54 remaining in the period. She collected a pass from junior Danielle Ward and sent the puck past Fromkin.
In the middle stanza, Poulin skated BU to a 4-2 advantage. Ward grabbed the puck in the Terriers' defensive zone and slid a pass to Poulin, who was streaking through the neutral zone. Poulin raced in on a breakaway and shot the puck past Ott for her 18th goal of the season.
Just 36 seconds into the third frame, Holze registered her third goal of the season. After Kirchner's initial shot was stopped, Holze sent the rebound to the back of the net to account for the 5-2 final.
BU will return to action on Saturday (Jan. 22) when it visits Vermont at 2 p.m. Maine will host Connecticut for two games on Jan. 21-22.