BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman Marie-Philip Poulin scored four goals as the No. 6 Boston University women's ice hockey team defeated Wayne State, 7-2, Friday evening at Walter Brown Arena. The game was played in front of 817 fans, which marked the largest crowd at Walter Brown Arena since the 2008 Beanpot championship. With the win, the Terriers improved to 3-1-0 (0-0-0 HEA) on the season.
Poulin, who leads the Terriers with eight goals and 11 points, also netted her third shorthanded marker of the season, tying BU's single-season record for shorthanded goals. She also became the first Terrier to score four goals in a game since junior Jenelle Kohanchuk's four markers against Wayne State last season.
Graduate student Catherine Ward collected her first three assists in a Terriers' uniform, while juniors Jenn Wakefield (1g, 1a) and Tara Watchorn (1g, 1a), and sophomore Jill Cardella (2a) registered multi-point games.
In the first period, the Terriers scored four goals to take a 4-1 advantage. Poulin netted her shorthanded tally at 13:22 after executing a give-and-go with Cardella down the ice. Cardella sent a pass to Poulin inside the left circle, where she made a move to her backhand and sent the puck past Wayne State netminder Delayne Brian.
Wakefield extended BU's lead with a power-play goal 1:12 later after collecting Watchorn's pass and sending a shot from the top of the left circle off the far post and into the net.
Wayne State responded less than a minute later with a goal from junior Lauren Ragen to halve the Terrier lead, but Boucher's power-play marker at 17:26 and Poulin's second goal at 19:03 gave BU a 4-1 lead. Following an attempt by senior Jillian Kirchner, Boucher came down from her defensive position to knock the loose puck into the net. Poulin scored her second goal of the game when she tipped Ward's blue line shot past Brian.
In the middle frame, Wayne State closed the gap to 4-2 with junior Alyssa Baldwin's marker, but Poulin answered less than five minutes later to complete the hat trick. Cardella collected the puck in the right circle and sent a cross-ice pass to Poulin, who one-timed the puck to the back of the net. The Terriers scored twice more in the third frame to account for the 7-2 final. Poulin scored her fourth goal following a tic-tac-toe passing play with Ward and Wakefield, while Watchorn closed out the game's scoring after snapping a shot from the bottom of the left circle past the Brian.
Sophomore Kerrin Sperry turned aside 14 shots for her second victory of the season, while Wayne State's Brian and Lisa Marshall combined for the loss.
BU will conclude its season-series with Wayne State on Saturday (Oct. 16) with a matinee matchup at 2 p.m.