BOSTON - Sophomore forward Marie-Philip Poulin scored her first two goals of the season, but the Boston University women's hockey team lost, 3-2, at Walter Brown Arena on Saturday afternoon.
BU (11-10-1, 6-5-0 WHEA) took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but a pair of Maine (11-8-5, 5-6-1 WHEA) tallies gave the Black Bears the lead for good.
The Terriers did well to withstand early pressure from Maine, as the Black Bears outshot BU, 13-5, in the opening frame. The penalty kill was tremendous, as it thwarted two Maine power play opportunities within the first 10 minutes of the contest.
The BU power play, however, got to work at the 16:49 mark of the first and wasted no time in giving the Terriers a 1-0 lead. Freshman forward Kayla Tutino chipped the puck from behind the net to Jenn Wakefield, who was stationed at the hash marks. The senior captain then located Poulin, who was wide open between the circles for the one-timer. The Beauceville, Que., native didn't miss for her first goal of the year.
Maine nearly evened the score early in the second period when Jennifer More had a breakaway chance that sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry (29 saves) did well to stop. The Black Bears had to wait until the 14:07 juncture of the period when Kayla Kaluzny used a backhander to beat Sperry and tie the game, 1-1.
The game did not stay deadlocked for long, as Poulin potted her second goal of the night at the 15:36 mark. Senior defenseman Tara Watchorn sent a shot towards goal that Maine goalie Brittany Ott (22 saves) denied. However, the rebound came out to Ott's left, where a streaking Poulin got the puck and lifted it into the open part of the net for a 2-1 advantage.
Missy Denk brought Maine back to level terms early in the third period, as she tipped a Chloe Tinkler shot from the point past Sperry. Then, at the 13:48 mark, Tori Pasquariello knocked in a rebound to give Maine its first lead of the game.
Head coach Brian Durocher elected to pull Sperry in favor of an extra attacker with 1:33 remaining in regulation, but the Terriers were unable to net a third goal.
BU continued its strong play on special teams, as the Terriers held Maine to an 0-of-6 mark on the power play. After Saturday's game, the Terriers have also notched a power play marker in four of the last five games.
These two teams will each look to claim the regular season series when they face off at Walter Brown Arena on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.