BOSTON - Senior Isabel Menard tallied two goals and sophomore Kayla Tutino added three assists to help guide the No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team past Vermont, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (20-5-3, 15-2-1 WHEA) swept both the weekend series and the regular-season series with Vermont (8-19-3, 6-10-3 WHEA). The victory also secured the third straight 20-win season for the Terriers, who have now won 12 consecutive conference contests.
Tutino turned in the first three-assist game of her collegiate career, while junior Kaleigh Fratkin tied a career high for assists with two. Junior Louise Warren was the other Terrier skater to light the lamp. The three goals was all that junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry needed, as she stopped 19 shots, including 12 in the second period, to earn her 16th victory of the season.
Warren spotted the Terriers a 1-0 advantage at the 18:03 mark of the opening frame thanks to a strong rush and a bit of puck luck. Fratkin began the play with a pass from the BU zone up the left wing to Tutino, who entered the Vermont zone and dropped the puck for Warren. The junior forward attempted to pass the puck to Tutino, who was crashing the net, but the puck deflected off of a Catamount defender's skate and past goaltender Roxanne Douville (28 saves) for Warren's 11th goal of the season.
Menard made it 2-0 7:33 into the second stanza thanks to furious forechecking from Tutino. The sophomore forward won the puck from a Vermont defender behind the UVM goal and quickly found Menard between the faceoff circles for the goal.
Sperry was sharp in the middle period, including a big save on Emily Walsh during a 2-on-1 shorthanded bid by the Catamounts. Her two best saves of the period came shortly after Menard's first goal of the game, when she stoned Emily Ford and followed it up with a sprawling save on Delia McNally's rebound chance.
The lead grew to three goals on a power play goal at the 14:08 juncture of the second period. Fratkin got the puck to Menard, who then found Tutino stationed below the right circle. Tutino completed the give-and-go with Menard, who beat Douville from nearly the same spot as she did for her first goal. It was the 12th tally of the season for Menard.
Vermont got a goal back with 20 seconds remaining in the period when Amanda Pelkey drove hard to the net and pushed a puck past Sperry on a power play. The Catamounts nearly pulled within a goal early in the third after BU killed off another penalty, but senior Kathryn Miller went to the ice during a 4-on-1 bid for Vermont and broke up an Amanda Pelkey pass attempt.
The Catamounts eventually made it a 3-2 game with a power play goal at the 15:47 mark of the final frame when Brittany Zuback tipped home a Dayna Colang shot from the point. That proved to be the final goal of the game, however, as BU was able to hold off a late Catamount push after Douville was pulled in favor of an extra attacker.
BU will be back in action on Wednesday (Feb. 20), when the Terriers host New Hampshire at Walter Brown Arena in a game rescheduled from Feb. 9. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.