BOSTON, Mass. - After giving up a 3-0 lead, senior Lauren Cherewyk scored the game-winning goal to lift the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 4-3 win over Northeastern at Walter Brown Arena on Friday night. With the win, BU improved to 23-4-3 (13-2-3 HEA) in front of a season-high 1,005 fans.
Senior Holly Lorms (1g, 1a), junior Jenn Wakefield and freshman Kaleigh Fratkin gave the Terriers a 3-0 lead before Northeastern came storming back. After scoring one goal in the second period, the Huskies tied the game with two markers in the third frame. While shorthanded, Cherewyk scored the game-winner at the 6:40 mark.
Senior Jillian Kirchner recorded her 100th career point with two assists, while graduate student Catherine Ward also collected two helpers. Freshman netminder Kerrin Sperry turned aside 25 shots as the Terriers improved to 4-0-0 in games following a loss.
BU was 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Huskies were 0-for-5 with the player advantage. The Terriers outshot Northeastern, 30-28. Northeastern goaltender Leah Sulyma made 26 saves as the Huskies dropped to 14-10-6 (6-8-4 HEA).
Lorms scored just 5:05 into the game to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. After stealing a Northeastern breakout pass in the slot, Lorms took a few strides toward the net and wristed a shot high to the glove side.
In the second period, BU grabbed a 3-0 advantage with goals from Wakefield and Fratkin. At 1:40, Kirchner passed to Wakefield in the left circle, where she drove toward the net before flipping the puck past Sulyma.
With 10:51 left in the stanza, Fratkin scored her first collegiate goal to extend BU's lead. Ward passed to Kirchner below the goal line, where she slid the puck to Fratkin below the left circle. The Burnaby, B.C., native then skated toward the net before sliding the puck under Sulyma. Kirchner recorded her 100th career point on the play.
Northeastern responded 3:41 later to cut the Terrier lead to 3-1. Freshman Claire Santostefano lost an edge and slid into Sperry behind the net. Sophomore Casey Pickett then collected the loose puck at the right faceoff dot and shoveled a shot toward the net that went off junior Carly Warren's skate before crossing the goal line.
Sophomore Siena Falino made it a 3-2 game just 39 seconds into the third period when her shot from between the circles went off a Terrier defenseman and over Sperry's blocker.
Northeastern tied the game, 3-3, at the 3:45 mark. Sophomore Rachel Llanes passed to junior Stephanie Gavronsky in the slot, where she wristed a shot high to the glove side.
Cherewyk then provided the heroics 2:55 later with the shorthanded marker. Lorms passed to Ward in the right circle, where she slid the puck to Cherewyk. From the bottom of the left circle, Cherewyk wristed the puck past Sulyma to account for the 4-3 final.
BU and Northeastern will resume their home-and-home series on Saturday (Feb. 12) at Matthews Arena. Opening faceoff is set at 2 p.m.