BOSTON - Junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry made 22 saves for her third shutout of the season as the No. 4 Boston University women's ice hockey team defeated New Hampshire, 6-0, on Wednesday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (21-5-3, 16-2-1 WHEA) has now won 13 straight Hockey East games since Nov. 9 and also won the regular-season series with New Hampshire (13-15-3, 9-8-2 WHEA), 2-1. The Terriers eclipsed the program record for league wins in a season as well with their 16th Hockey East victory.
Sperry was sharp all game for the Terriers in earning her third shutout of the season. She was especially excellent in the first frame when she stopped all 12 shots she faced, including three on the Wildcats' lone power play chance of the contest.
Senior Jenelle Kohanchuk led the potent BU offense with two goals and an assist and junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin had three helpers to match Kohanchuk's three points. Junior defenseman Shannon Doyle had a goal and an assist to go along with four blocked shots while freshman Jordan Juron and senior co-captain Jill Cardella each notched two assists.
Freshman Rebecca Russo scored her first collegiate goal and classmate Dakota Woodworth also lit the lamp. Senior Isabel Menard was the other Terrier goal scorer and has now tallied 12 points (4g, 8a) in her last five fixtures against the Wildcats.
Despite UNH controlling the play in the initial moments of the game, Kohanchuk gave BU a 1-0 lead a little over halfway into the first period thanks to a deft deflection of sophomore Shannon Stoneburgh's shot from the left point.
Menard made it 2-0 at the 5:09 mark of the second stanza just two seconds after a Terrier power play expired. Cardella collected the puck from behind her own net and went coast-to-coast before dishing the puck to Menard at the bottom of the left circle, who beat Vilma Vaattovaara (26 saves) to the left side for her 13th goal of the season.
Russo's first collegiate goal came at the 9:22 mark of the period after a nice forecheck from Juron. She stole the puck from behind the UNH net and dished it to Cardella in the left circle. Russo was already in front of the net and she redirected Cardella's shot past Vaattovaara.
Sperry's best save may have come with just 34.4 seconds remaining in the period. Arielle O'Neill had space to herself as she rushed into the BU zone, but Sperry stood tall and kept UNH off the board.
Kohanchuk notched her second goal of the contest 7:20 into the third period to give BU a 4-0 lead. The teams were 4-on-4 when senior Kathryn Miller got the puck to Poulin the neutral zone. The junior forward carried the puck into the UNH zone up the right wing before finding Kohanchuk for her 15th goal of the season.
Juron's hard work behind the Wildcats' net once again turned into a Terrier goal less than four minutes after the Kohanchuk strike. After collecting the puck behind the net, she found Doyle at the right point for a shot that Vaattovaara stopped. The rebound came right to Woodworth, however, who was in perfect position to deposit her third goal of the season.
Doyle made it 6-0 with just 5:27 remaining in regulation. The Terriers formed a 3-on-2 entering the UNH zone, with Doyle at the top of the triangle. Kohanchuk was on the right wing and passed to Doyle, who put the puck past Vaattovaara for her fifth goal of the year.
BU will wrap up its regular-season schedule this weekend with a home-and-home series against Connecticut. That will begin on Saturday at Walter Brown Arena as the Terriers honor their senior class before the game. Fans who attend Saturday's contest will also be able to take part in the fifth annual Chili Fest, as five campus dining halls compete for the title of "BU's Best Chili." Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.