DULUTH, Minn. - Senior Kathryn Miller's first goal of the season with 2:09 remaining in regulation helped the No. 7 Boston University women's ice hockey team earn a 2-2 tie at Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena.
BU (11-3-2, 6-2-1 WHEA) took a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period before UMD (7-8-2, 6-7-1 WCHA) drew level 3:24 into the final frame. The Bulldogs took the lead with less than four minutes to play before Miller's heroics salvaged some of the spoils for the Terriers.
Junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin picked up her 100th career point with an assist on Miller's goal. She also assisted on senior Jenelle Kohanchuk's first-period strike en route to joining Kohanchuk in the century club. Poulin is the fastest Terrier to reach the 100-point plateau, as she accomplished the feat in just her 58th game at BU.
Kerrin Sperry was sharp for the Terriers, as the junior goaltender made 28 saves. She was at her best in the first period, as she stopped all 14 shots she faced in the stanza Kohanchuk's 10th goal of the season came thanks to a well-executed 2-on-1 at the 10:56 mark of the opening period. Lefort began the play with a flick to Poulin in the neutral zone. Poulin raced up the right side into the offensive end before sliding the puck to Kohanchuk. The senior forward made a nice move to move Bulldog goaltender Kayla Black (21 saves) and slide it past her.
Duluth dominated the first three minutes of the contest and almost earned a 1-0 lead about 2:30 into the proceedings. Katie Wilson deked around a couple defenders and was in on Sperry, but the junior netminder flashed her right pad for the save.
Sperry continued her strong play in the second stanza as she made seven saves, almost all of which were from below the tops of the circles. Aleksandra Vafina had perhaps the best chance, but once again Sperry kicked her right pad out to calmly make the save.
The Terriers earned a five-minute power play when Brienna Gillanders got the gate for hitting freshman Jordan Juron from behind. However, the Bulldogs nearly evened the game about a minute into the power play when Pernilla Winberg had a good look on a 2-on-1 rush, but Sperry stood tall to keep UMD off the board.
The Bulldogs tied the game early in the third period when Brigette Lacquette's shot bounced off a BU defenseman and past Sperry. Duluth then took a 2-1 lead thanks to a Zoe Hickel strike with 3:40 remaining in regulation.
Sophomore Kayla Tutino thought she tied the game moments later with a nifty deflection from senior Isabel Menard's shot, but after video review the referees concluded that Tutino knocked the puck down with a high stick.
Despite the goal being disallowed, the Terriers stayed on the attack and finally capitalized on Miller's blast. The two co-captains connected to set up Miller, as senior Jill Cardella got the puck to Poulin, who then dished it to Miller. Cardella did well to station herself right at the top of the crease to screen Black and allow for Miller's shot to find the back of the net.
Each team mustered a pair of shots during the overtime session, with Sperry making a nice glove save to maintain the status quo.
The two teams will battle again tomorrow, as the Terriers and Bulldogs will take the ice at 4:07 p.m. ET.