BOSTON - Six different skaters lit the lamp for the No. 10 Boston University women's ice hockey team to help lead the Terriers to a 6-2 win over Connecticut on Wednesday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (7-1-1, 4-0-0 WHEA) never trailed UConn (3-6-1, 0-2-1 WHEA), scoring the game's first four goals to put the contest out of reach. Sophomore Alexis Woloschuk's first collegiate goal proved to be the game winner and she was one of seven Terriers with a multi-point effort.
Freshman Victoria Hanson collected her first collegiate win thanks to a career-high 26 saves. It was the Stoughton, Mass., native's first start at Walter Brown Arena. The Terriers have now allowed three goals or fewer in each of their first nine games, which is a program record.
Senior Kaleigh Fratkin, junior Kayla Tutino and sophomores Sarah Lefort, Rebecca Russo and Dakota Woodworth each had a goal and an assist while freshman Samantha Sutherland added a pair of assists. Eleven different Terriers registered a point in the victory.
Fratkin opened the Terriers' account 7:24 into the opening period. Sutherland kept the play alive and got it to Fratkin at the top of the zone. She played catch with sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga before blasting a shot that went through several bodies and past UConn goaltender Sarah Moses (34 saves). It was Fratkin's first goal of the season.
Woodworth made it 2-0 just 43 seconds later. Russo carried the puck up the left wing and into the UConn zone before dishing it to Woodworth, who fired a shot from the left circle that took a deflection off a Connecticut defender and past Moses. Woodworth has now scored in two straight games.
Woloschuk's first collegiate goal came 2:45 into the second stanza. A good forecheck from freshman Maddie Elia forced a Husky turnover. She collected the puck and got it to senior captain Louise Warren, who created some space for herself before finding Woloschuk at the left point. Her shot had eyes and gave BU a 3-0 lead.
Lefort made it 4-0 at the 13:14 mark of the middle frame with a wrister from the right faceoff circle. Tutino and freshman Sarah Steele and junior Kayla Tutino each assisted on Lefort's sixth goal of the season. The Huskies scored moments later when Susan Cavanagh notched her first collegiate goal to make it a 4-1 Terrier lead entering the third period.
Tutino scored a highlight-reel goal just 1:18 into the final frame. The junior forward skated up the left wing before dangling around a defender in the offensive zone and cutting hard to the net to deposit the puck past Moses for her third goal of the season.
The Huskies made it 5-2 before Russo collected the Terriers' first shorthanded strike of the season. On the ensuing faceoff following the penalty, Woodworth won the puck back to Fratkin, who hammered the puck off the boards and out of the zone. Russo gave chase and skated in alone on Moses before beating her to the glove side. It was Russo's fourth marker of the year.
The Terriers will be back in action this weekend when they welcome Maine to Walter Brown Arena for a two-game set. Saturday's game will take place at 4 p.m., while Sunday's tilt will commence at 3 p.m.