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Senior forward Jenn Wakefield scored two goals for the Terriers
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Jenn Wakefield scored two goals as No. 10 Boston U held on to defeat Vermont 4-1 in Hockey East action at Gutterson Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.
The Terriers opened the scoring 2:32 into the first period. Tara Watchorn took a drop pass from Taylor Holze and one-timed a slap shot past Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville for her fifth goal of the season.
After being outshot 11-3 in the first period the Catamounts came on for the second straight afternoon in the second frame outshooting the Terriers 12-8.
Despite the renewed Catamount pressure Wakefield capitalized on a Vermont turnover 7:35 into the period to give the Terriers a 2-0 lead. On an abbreviated two-on-one she faked a pass, curled into the crease and beat Douville with a backhand. Wakefield's goal was her 22nd of the season, and sixth against the Catamounts.
Vermont had an answer at the 16:35 mark of the second period. Klara Myren passed the puck up to Emily Walsh and Kellie Dineen who entered the Boston U zone on a two-on-one. Dineen and Walsh passed back and forth and Walsh beat Boston U goaltender Kerrin Sperry with a quick wrist shot for her fifth goal of the season.
The Catamounts continued to pressure the Terriers in the third period, hitting two goal posts, but they could not solve Sperry again. At the 17:16 mark the Terriers put the game out of reach. Shannon Mahoney deflected a pass in front off a Vermont defender to regain the Terriers' two-goal cushion.
Wakefield added an empty net goal with five seconds left, her 23rd goal of the season and her seventh against Vermont.
Sperry earned her 15th win of the season making 19 saves for the Terriers. Douville made 29 saves including several point blank Boston chances in the third period.
The win moves Boston U to 18-13-1 overall and 12-7-0 in Hockey East play. The loss drops Vermont to 4-20-6 and 3-14-2 in league play. With Connecticut and New Hampshire losses today the Catamounts still trail UNH by two points for the final Hockey East playoff spot.
NOTES: Seniors Chelsea Rapin and Kailey Nash played their last games at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Sunday.