BOSTON - Backed by a three-point effort from sophomore Sarah Lefort and a season-high 39 saves from senior Kerrin Sperry, the Boston University women's ice hockey team posted a 4-2 victory over Providence on Saturday afternoon at Agganis Arena.
With the result, BU reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season and now stands at 20-10-1 overall and 13-5-0 in Hockey East play. The Friars fall to 11-20-0 with a 6-12-0 conference mark.
Lefort scored a goal and added two assists while sophomore Rebecca Russo broke a 2-2 tie with 8:03 left in regulation. Senior Taylor Holze added an insurance goal and classmate Louise Warren's assist was the 100th point of her BU career. Freshman Maddie Elia also scored, becoming the third Terrier to reach the 10-goal plateau this season.
Elia's goal came on a Terrier power play at the 5:07 mark of the first period. Lefort collected the puck out of the right corner and sent it to senior Kaleigh Fratkin at the right point. Her shot whistled wide, but the rebound caromed off the end boards to Elia at the left post, who deposited it into an open net before Sarah Bryant (20 saves) recovered.
Lefort made it 2-1 with 2:41 remaining in the stanza. Freshman Samantha Sutherland gathered the puck behind the Providence net and tried to feed it out in front to Lefort. A Friar intercepted the pass, but Lefort picked her pocket and then roofed a shot past Bryant.
The Friars tied the game, 2-2, just 12 seconds into the final frame. Frade won a faceoff directly to Allison Michelletti, who then got it to Victoria Virtue at the left point. Her shot took a deflection off of Warren's blade and past Sperry for the goal.
Russo collected her second game-winner of the season thanks to strong forechecking. Russo won a battle along the half-wall and pushed the puck down low to Warren. The senior captain wrapped around the net and found Russo on the back door to finish the play at the 11:57 mark of the period.
Holze added an insurance goal with 4:20 remaining in regulation. Lefort stole the puck behind the net and fed it to Holze in the left circle. She uncorked a wicked wrist shot that got through a screen and past Bryant for her fourth marker of the season.
Providence pulled Bryant in favor of an extra attacker with 2:24 to play in the contest, but the Terriers staved off a Friar rally to preserve a critical two points. The teams will conclude their regular-season series tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 16) at Schneider Arena. Puck drop in Providence is slated for 2 p.m.