BOSTON - Freshman Sarah Lefort and sophomore Kayla Tutino each tallied two goals to help propel the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team past Union, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (3-0-0, 1-0-0 WHEA) only enjoyed a 1-0 lead after the first period, but a four-goal second stanza put them ahead for good. Six Terriers had multi-point efforts, including junior Marie-Philip Poulin (2a), freshman Rebecca Russo (2a), senior Jenelle Kohanchuk (2a) and senior Isabel Menard (1g, 1a).
Junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry started the game for the Terriers and finished with eight saves. She was relieved by senior Alissa Fromkin at the start of the third period, with Fromkin stopping 12 shots in the final frame.
Lefort got the Terriers on the board first at the 9:39 mark of the first frame with some ingenuity. Poulin took a shot from between the circles that went wide. The puck careened off the end-wall to Lefort. She got the puck behind the net and quickly knocked the puck off of Union goaltender Alana Marcinko's (14 saves) skate and into the net. Senior Jill Cardella also assisted on Lefort's fourth goal of the season.
The second period flurry of goals began at the 3:03 mark when Tutino made it 2-0. Jenelle Kohanchuk pushed the puck into the offensive zone and Marcinko left the net to freeze the puck, but freshman forward Rebecca Russo knocked it free. Tutino recovered the loose puck and hammered it home for her first goal of the year.
Just 55 seconds later, BU made it 3-0 when Lefort scored her second goal of the game. Shannon Doyle kicked the puck to Poulin, whose shot was stopped by Marcinko. Lefort was there for the rebound, however, and knocked in the puck.
Union (1-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) got a goal back at the 5:44 mark of the stanza when Kathryn Tomaselli scored after Alex Tancrell-Fontaine's initial shot deflected off of Courtney Turner and landed perfectly for Tomaselli at the left post.
Nearly 10 minutes later, the Terriers struck again when freshman Dakota Woodworth cashed in for her second goal of the year. Menard and sophomore Kaleigh Fratkin created the chance with swift and precise passing.
Menard made it a 5-1 lead less than a minute later when she sent a wrist shot past Marcinko, who was subsequently pulled in favor of Madeleine Dahl (11 saves).
Tutino's second goal of the afternoon came on a power play at the 10:36 mark of the third period. Russo and Kohanchuk provided the assists. Jessica Kaminsky potted a power play goal for Union during a 5-on-3 advantage with 3:29 remaining in regulation to close the scoring.
Saturday's scoreline finished the exact same way it did when these two teams met last year at Walter Brown Arena. BU defeated Union, 6-2, on Oct. 15, 2011, thanks to a hat trick from Kayla Tutino. The sophomore forward has now scored five of her 21 career goals against Union.
BU will play its second Hockey East contest of the season on Tuesday night when the Terriers trek to Matthews Arena to face No. 8 Northeastern. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.