BOSTON - The Boston University women's hockey team scored three times in the third period, including the game-winning goal with 1:49 remaining in regulation, to earn a 3-2 win over No. 6 Northeastern on Saturday afternoon at Agganis Arena.
Senior captain Jenn Wakefield sealed the victory with her team-leading 17th goal of the season. BU (14-12-1, 9-7-0 WHEA) has now won three straight games and two consecutive contests against ranked opponents.
Sophomore Kerrin Sperry stopped 28 shots, including 15 in a fast-paced first period, to preserve her 11th win of the season. The Terrier defense was also strong, as BU blocked 13 shots over the course of the game.
Northeastern (17-6-2, 11-3-2 WHEA) entered the final frame with a 1-0 lead after Kendall Coyne slotted home a shorthanded goal at the 16:02 mark of the second stanza. However, the Terriers erased that deficit just 4:27 into the third. Junior forward Jill Cardella was in perfect position to deftly deflect a Kathryn Miller shot through Northeastern goaltender Florence Schelling's pads. Kayla Tutino also collected an assist on Cardella's seventh strike of the season.
The Huskies regained the lead at the 11:58 mark of the period when Maggie DiMasi scored a power play goal. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Terriers once again tied the game a little over two minutes later. Junior Isabel Menard received a pass from Wakefield and blasted a shot by Schelling for her 11th goal of the season.
Wakefield's heroics continued with 1:49 left in the game. Sophomore Marie-Philip Poulin sent a shot towards goal from the point that her classmate Louise Warren redirected towards Schelling. Warren's shot was saved, but Wakefield was at the top of the crease to knock home the rebound.
BU did well to prevent Schelling from going to the bench in favor of an extra attacker in the final minutes, as the Terriers hung on for the win. They are now 4-0-1 at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers will have two days off before they take the ice for the 34th annual Women's Beanpot on Tuesday night at Walter Brown Arena. Northeastern and Boston College will play at 5 p.m., while BU will host Harvard at 8 p.m.