BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Kayla Tutino tallied two goals and senior Jenelle Kohanchuk had a goal and an assist to pace the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team past Maine, 4-2, on Friday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (6-1-0, 3-0-0 WHEA) got points from eight different skaters and held Maine (1-4-0, 1-2-0 WHEA) to just 18 shots on goal, including only four in the final frame. Senior Isabel Menard and junior Marie-Philip Poulin each had two assists, while junior Shannon Doyle scored her first goal as a Terrier.
Senior Alissa Fromkin was sharp between the pipes for BU, as she made 16 saves to earn her first win of the season. The Terriers as a whole were strong in their own zone, as they blocked 11 shots and held Maine scoreless in all five of its power play chances.
The Terriers are now unbeaten in league play and have won their last 11 Hockey East contests. They are also the first team to earn three league wins this season.
Doyle opened the scoring at the 11:53 mark of the first period. Junior Louise Warren got the puck to Menard, who then fed it to Doyle at the top of the zone. Warren screened goaltender Brittany Ott (32 saves) and Doyle's shot had eyes for the back of the net.
Tutino made it a 2-0 lead at the 8:00 mark of the second stanza thanks to sharp puck movement on the power play. Poulin had the puck at the top of the zone before she passed it to senior defenseman Kathryn Miller, who had cycled to the bottom of the left circle. She quickly found Tutino at the top of the crease, and the sophomore forward redirected the pass past Ott.
The Black Bears answered at the 17:04 mark of the second when Missy Denk deftly deflected Chloe Tinkler's shot past Fromkin to cut the BU lead to 2-1 entering the final frame.
The BU power play clicked again at the 7:09 mark of the third period when Kohanchuk knocked home a rebound off of a Poulin shot from the point. Menard also earned an assist on Kohanchuk's third goal of the year.
The lead extended to 4-1 when Tutino scored her fourth goal of the season at the 12:49 mark. Kohanchuk gained entry into the offensive zone and from the left wing passed the puck to Tutino, who skated between the circles and ripped a shot by Ott. Freshman Rebecca Russo also earned an assist.
The Black Bears responded less than two minutes later when Kelsey MacSorley slotted home her first collegiate goal. That proved to be the end of the comeback, however, as the Terrier defense clamped down in the final minutes of regulation. Maine pulled its goaltender with 1:43 to play, but the Black Bears were unable to put another puck past Fromkin.
BU will have a quick turnaround, as the Terriers host Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Colonials earned a 3-3 draw at Northeastern on Friday night.