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The Terriers celebrate one of Marie-Philip Poulin's two goals
HYANNIS, Mass. Paced by a pair of goals from sophomore forward
Marie-Philip Poulin, the No. 9 Boston University women's hockey team
advanced to the WHEA Championship with a 5-2 win over the No. 4 Boston
College Eagles on Saturday afternoon at the Hyannis Youth & Community
Video Interview: BU Head Coach Brian Durocher
Video Interview: BU Sophomore Marie-Philip Poulin
BU (22-13-1, 14-7-0 WHEA) will face fourth-seeded Providence in the title
tilt on Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m. The taped game will air on NESN at 4:30
p.m. The Friars knocked off top-seeded Northeastern, 2-0, in the first
semifinal on Saturday.
The Terriers also got goals from sophomore Louise Warren and junior Jill
Cardella. Junior Isabel Menard tallied three assists, while her classmate,
Kathryn Miller, added two assists. Cardella, freshman Kayla Tutino and
senior Jenn Wakefield each had one helper.
Sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry made 33 saves to preserve the win. BU has
now set a tournament record with 14 goals over two games. The Terriers have
won their only other championship game appearance, as they defeated
Connecticut, 2-1, in overtime of the 2010 title game.
Warren opened the scoring just 3:10 into the proceedings when she took a
pass from Menard, and from behind the net wrapped the puck around the right
post and stuffed it through Boyles¹ pads for her eighth goal of the season.
The Terriers struck again just 1:42 later to make it 2-0. Tutino won the
puck along the half-wall in her own zone and pushed it to Cardella. She
gained the Eagles' zone and dropped it back for Wakefield before charging
towards goal. Wakefield brought the biscuit into the right faceoff circle
and sent a shot towards goal, which Cardella redirected past Boyles to
collect her 11th goal of the season.
Cardella's goal was enough to make BC use its timeout, and after the
breather, the Eagles regrouped and began to put pressure on the BU defense.
The pressure paid off in the form of a power play with 5:29 remaining in the
first frame. On the ensuing advantage, Emily Field scored to cut the
Terriers¹ lead to just one at 2-1, which is how it stood as the teams
retreated to their respective locker rooms.
Poulin quickly extended the Terriers lead to 3-1 with a pretty goal just
1:25 into the second stanza. Menard brought the puck along the right wall
and dished to Poulin, who fired a wrist shot from between the circles that
found the back of the net.
Sperry made the save of the game in the second period, as she robbed Emily
Field on a BC power play. Alex Carpenter began the rush for the Eagles with
a shot that sophomore Kaleigh Fratkin blocked. Field scooped up the rebound
and went towards goal, but Sperry sprawled to her right to make a
sensational stop. Carpenter and Emily Field notched goals for the Eagles in
the losing effort.
Right after Sperry's save, it became a 4-1 game at the 16:40 mark of the
second when BU scored its fourth shorthanded goal of the tournament. Miller
blocked a BC shot and Poulin picked it up to create a 2-on-1 situation with
Cardella. The sophomore forward dished it to Cardella on the right side.
Cardella backhanded a pass right back to Poulin, who collected it at the top
of the crease and sent it past Boyles for her ninth goal of the season.
The third period began with another BU goal, this time on the power play.
Poulin sent a shot from the right circle that hit Menard before caroming off
the end wall. Tutino picked up the loose puck and jammed it home on the left
post for her 17th goal of the season.
BC gained momentum throughout the third period after Tutino's tally, but
Sperry stood tall and stopped 18 shots in the final frame. The Eagles' lone
goal of the period came when Carpenter scored at the 6:43 mark.