GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The No. 4/6 Boston University women's ice hockey team held a 3-2 lead midway through the second period, but fell to North Dakota, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Terriers open the season at 0-1-0, while dropping to 2-2-2 all-time in season-opening games.
In a physical, back-and-forth matchup, BU and North Dakota exchanged the game's first four goals before the Terriers took a 3-2 lead midway through the middle frame. The Fighting Sioux then notched three straight goals to take a 5-3 advantage before BU scored with six seconds remaining in the game to account for the 5-4 final.
Senior Jillian Kirchner, junior Jenn Wakefield and freshmen Marie-Philip Poulin and Louise Warren tallied for the Terriers, while sophomore Alissa Fromkin turned aside 28 shots.
In the first period, North Dakota grabbed a 2-1 advantage, outshooting the Terriers, 17-7. Margot Miller opened the scoring for the Fighting Sioux with a rebound goal at 3:49.
The Terriers evened the game less than four minutes later with a tally from senior Jillian Kirchner. The Frankfort, Ill., native collected the puck in the neutral zone, skated to the top of the left circle and wristed a shot over the glove of North Dakota netminder Jorid Dagfinrud.
After Stephanie Roy gave North Dakota a 2-1 advantage with 2:31 remaining in the first period, freshman Louise Warren knotted the game, 2-2, at 7:32 of the middle frame. Warren collected the loose puck in the high slot, skated toward the bottom of the right circle and sent a backhand attempt low to the far side for the goal.
The Terriers took their first lead of the game, 3-2, with junior Jenn Wakefield's marker at 9:01. From the left corner, freshman Kaleigh Fratkin sent the puck toward the near post, where Wakefield poked the puck past the Dagfinrud.
North Dakota answered with two goals in the second period to grab a 4-3 advantage. While on the power play, Jocelyne Lamoureux scored on a one-timer at 11:37 and, less than five minutes later, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls netted a shot from the right circle.
In the final frame, Lamoureux-Kolls tallied her second marker of the game at 4:21 to give North Dakota a 5-3 lead. With six seconds remaining in the contest and with Fromkin pulled in favor of an extra attacker, freshman Marie-Philip Poulin scored for BU following a goalmouth scramble to account for the 5-4 final.
The Terriers and Fighting Sioux complete their two-game series Sunday (Oct. 3). Opening faceoff is 3:07 p.m.