BOSTON - Junior Marie-Philip Poulin extended her point streak to nine games, but the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team dropped a 7-1 decision to No. 8 Boston College on Wednesday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (7-2-0, 3-1-0 WHEA) looked to have some momentum after scoring a late second-period goal, but BC (3-3-0, 2-2-0 WHEA) relied on a hat trick and two assists from Alex Carpenter and four assists from Blake Bolden to secure the victory.
Poulin finished October as the league leader in points (16) and assists (12). She notched her fourth goal of the year with assists credited to sophomore Shannon Stoneburgh (1) and freshman Sarah Lefort (2).
The Eagles struck first at the 4:47 mark of the opening frame when Bolden grabbed the puck in her own end and found Taylor Wasylk with a zone-to-zone pass. The junior forward skated in alone on junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry (28 saves) and had her first shot stopped before she deposited the rebound.
The score remained 1-0 until the 8:15 mark of the second when Carpenter scored a shorthanded goal. The Eagles tacked on two more goals in the middle stanza, including another goal from Carpenter and one from Emily Field.
The Terriers broke through at the 17:25 mark of the period thanks to a strong effort from Poulin. Lefort had the puck along the left half-wall before she pushed it to Stoneburgh at the left point. Her shot sailed through a screen and was stopped by Megan Miller (32 saves). Senior Jill Cardella boxed-out an Eagle defender to allow Poulin to dive for the loose puck at the top of the crease and knock it past Miller.
BC scored three times in the final frame to seal the victory, with senior Alissa Fromkin relieving Sperry of her duties for the final 7:27 of the game and in the process making one save.
The Terriers will have another crack at the Eagles on Saturday afternoon, when BU visits BC in the final Hockey East contest of the season between the two teams. The Terriers won the season opener at Conte Forum and have a 7-0-1 record in their last eight games at BC. Puck drop for Saturday's game is slated for 2 p.m.