|1st||5:20||BU||1-0||EV GW||Kristina Schuler (3)||Connor Galway/2, Abbey Stanley/17|
|3rd||19:30||BU||2-0||EV EN||Victoria Bach (36)||Rebecca Leslie/30, Reagan Rust/13|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (14-13-7)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Boston University (13-15-6)||0/1||3/6||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Ava Boutilier (L, 12-11-7)||59:35||1||12||11||10||33|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin O'Neil (W, 1-8-2)||60:00||0||9||8||15||32|
BOSTON - Senior Erin O'Neil stopped all 32 shots she faced to send the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
THANK YOU SENIORS
- O'Neil and six of her classmates - Victoria Bach, Rebecca Leslie, Savannah Newton, Nina Rodgers and student manager David Souza - were honored before the game as part of Senior Day.
- The Class of 2018 helped BU earn its fifth Hockey East championship and won over 75 games in four seasons.
WE'RE ON TO MAINE
- Thanks to Sunday's win, BU clinched the sixth seed for the Hockey East playoffs and will travel to Maine for a best-of-three series.
- All three contests are scheduled for 2 p.m., with the series starting on Friday, Feb. 23.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BU (13-15-6, 8-11-5 WHEA) opened the scoring just 5:20 into the proceedings when freshman Kristina Schuler deftly redirected junior Connor Galway's well-placed shot into the back of the net. Redshirt sophomore Abbey Stanley also assisted on Schuler's third goal of the season.
- UNH enjoyed two power-play chances in the middle stanza, but O'Neil and a tenacious penalty kill held strong. They limited the Wildcats to just two shots across those power plays.
- O'Neil's finest period was the last one, as she made 15 of her 32 saves in the final frame.
- One of those stops came early in the stanza when she kicked aside a Wildcat shot and then dove across her crease to influence a rebound attempt away from the cage.
- Sophomore Breanna Scarpaci came up with a huge play late in the third when she broke up a breakaway chance thanks to an excellent backcheck.
- Rodgers then had some heroics along the crease, as she prevented a wrap-around chance from finding its way into an open cage after O'Neil made the initial save.
- Senior Victoria Bach capped the contest with an empty-net goal thanks to assists from Leslie and junior Regan Rust.
ERIN EXCELLENT ON SUNDAY
- O'Neil set up the Terriers for success with excellent goaltending all game.
- She made nine saves in the first period and eight more in the second stanza before stopping all 15 shots she faced in the final 20 minutes.
- This was O'Neil's third career shutout and first of the 2017-18 season.
- Her last shutout came on Feb. 26, 2016, when she blanked Vermont in a 3-0 playoff win.
- Sunday also marked the second straight year in which a BU senior earned a shutout on Senior Day.
- Victoria Hanson made 35 saves in a 5-0 win over Maine last year.
SCHULER SPOTS THE TERRIERS A LEAD
- Schuler's third goal of the season proved to be the game-winner.
- It was her first goal since Oct. 29, when she scored in a 2-2 tie at UNH.
- Schuler enters the playoffs with 11 points thanks to her three goals and eight assists.
LESLIE ONE AWAY FROM 100
- Leslie recorded her 30th assist of the season on Sunday for the second 30-assist campaign of her collegiate career.
- She is now one assist away from matching Marie-Philip Poulin's program record of 100 career assists.
BACH IN THE GOALS
- Bach extended her point streak to four games with her 36th goal of the season.
- She remains second in the nation in goals and first in the NCAA with 1.20 goals per game.