BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Nara Elia and freshman Mackenna Parker each tallied two goals to help lead the No. 8 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 5-1 victory over New Hampshire in game one of a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series on Friday night at Walter Brown Arena.
Elia tallied two goals in a span of 3:51 during the first period to give BU (20-7-8) a 2-0 lead just 9:07 into the game. Parker notched the first of her two goals with less than a minute remaining in the second stanza before freshman Courtney Correia extended the lead to 4-0 with her eighth goal of the season early in the final frame. UNH (13-16-6) answered Correia's goal just 30 seconds later, but Parker's second strike removed any hope for a comeback attempt.
Redshirt junior Sammy Davis matched her career high with three assists while sophomore Jesse Compher became the first Terrier to ever collect 40 assists in a single season thanks to a pair of helpers. Juniors Abby Cook, Deziray De Sousa and Natasza Tarnowski all added one assist apiece, as did freshman Kaleigh Donnelly.
Sophomore Corinne Schroeder made 25 saves, including 16 in a perfect second period, to pick up her 17th victory of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Elia's first goal of the contest came 5:16 into the proceedings. She skated up the right wing and then cut to the front of the net before tucking the puck underneath Kyra Smith's pads.
- BU pushed its lead to 2-0 on its only power play of the contest. Davis and Cook played catch at the top of the zone before Cook uncorked a shot towards the cage. Elia was in perfect position in front of the crease to redirect the puck past Smith for her ninth goal of the season.
- The Terriers hit two posts in the second stanza, including a Davis shot that rang the crossbar after Smith was caught outside of her crease.
- BU did not come away from the frame empty-handed, as Parker extended the Terriers' advantage to 3-0 with 54 seconds on the clock. Compher circled around the back of the net and drew two defenders with her. She dropped the puck back for Davis, who quickly found a wide-open Parker in front of the net for a one-timer that whistled past Smith.
- Correia extended the lead to 4-0 at 4:24 of the third period thanks to some pretty one-touch passing by Tarnowski and Donnelly.
- The Wildcats responded with their lone goal of the game just 30 seconds later to cut their deficit to 4-1.
- Parker closed the scoring at 8:09 of the final frame. Compher won an offensive-zone draw back to Davis, who fired a shot on net. Smith stopped Davis' shot, but Parker popped home the rebound for her 13th goal of the season.
- BU clinched its first 20-win season since 2015-16 and its seventh 20-win season overall.
- Compher is one of only two NCAA skaters with 40 or more assists this season.
- Davis is now one point away from the 100th of her career.
- For the third time in program history, two Terriers have notched 50 points in the same season.
- Davis reached the 50-point milestone on Friday (23g, 27a) while Compher now has 57 points (17g, 40a).
- Cook extended her point streak to three games and has now notched a point in 11 of the last 13 games.
- Parker's last two-goal effort was on Jan. 25 in a 6-3 victory over Merrimack.
- This was Elia's first two-goal game since Jan. 12, 2018, at Providence and she now has career highs in goals (9), assists (9) and points (18) this season.
- BU was 1-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
- The Terriers outshot the Wildcats, 39-26, just two weeks after UNH combined to outshoot BU, 84-55.
NEXT UP: NEW HAMPSHIRE
- The Terriers and Wildcats will meet in game two on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.