BOSTON UNIVERSITY BLANKS NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, 3-0
Freshman Kerrin Sperry earns third shutout of season with 23 saves for Terriers
BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman Kerrin Sperry earned her second straight shutout and three different Terriers scored as the No. 4/5 Boston University women's ice hockey team blanked No. 10 Northeastern, 3-0, at Walter Brown Arena on Tuesday night. The Terriers extended their winning streak to five games with the victory and improved to 13-2-3 (5-1-3 HEA).
Senior Holly Lorms, junior Jenn Wakefield and freshman Marie-Philip Poulin scored for BU, while Sperry made 23 saves as she earned her third whitewash of the season. The blanking marked the first time BU held its opponents scoreless in back-to-back games since keeping Vermont off the scoreboard on Oct. 21-22, 2006.
BU, which also recorded a power-play marker in its fourth straight game, was 1-for-2 with the player advantage, while Northeastern was 0-for-4. The Terriers outshot the Huskies, 40-23, and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling made 37 saves as the Huskies fell to 10-4-4 (3-3-3 HEA)
In the first period, the Terriers successfully defended two Northeastern power plays, which included 11 seconds of 5-on-3 action. While on its second player advantage, Northeastern generated the frame's best scoring chance. Sophomore Casey Pickett came streaking down on Sperry, but Pickett had her wrist shot thwarted by Sperry's glove.
Lorms skated the Terriers to a 1-0 second-period lead with a power-play goal at 13:19. Senior Jillian Kirchner passed to junior Kasey Boucher at the blue line, where she wristed the puck toward the net. Lorms, who was stationed in front of the cage, redirected the puck past Schelling to give BU the one-goal advantage.
In the third frame, Poulin gave the Terriers a 2-0 lead following a great individual effort. After a receiving a pass from sophomore Jill Cardella at the blue line, Poulin skated toward the right post, made a move to her forehand and wristed a shot past Schelling on the blocker side.
With 3:49 remaining in the game, Wakefield collected sophomore Taylor Holze's pass above the right circle and wristed the puck past Schelling on the far side to account for the 3-0 final.
The Terriers will close out the calendar year on Friday (Dec. 10) when they visit Harvard. Northeastern will return to action against Wisconsin on Jan. 1 at the Easton Holiday Showcase in St. Cloud, Minn.