BOSTON, Mass. - Redshirt senior Sammy Davis tallied three points and junior Jesse Compher scored two goals to help lead the No. 8/9 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 6-2 win over UConn on Friday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (23-6-4, 17-6-3 HEAW) staked itself a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back, defeating UConn (16-15-2, 13-11-2 HEAW) for the second time this season. Five different Terriers recorded at least two points, including seniors Alexandra Calderone and Natasza Tarnowski, who each matched a career high with two assists. Sophomore Mackenna Parker secured the first two-assist game of her collegiate career and was one of 12 Terriers to find the score sheet. Freshman Julia Nearis, sophomore Courtney Correia and junior Nara Elia each lit the lamp for BU while seniors Abby Cook and Deziray De Sousa, junior Kristina Schuler and redshirt senior Abbey Stanley all notched one assist apiece.
Junior Corinne Schroeder made 20 saves, with one of the UConn goals coming during a 5-on-3 power play. Schroeder and the Terrier penalty killers had a strong night despite that one blemish, as they held UConn to a 1-of-8 mark on the power play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two goals exactly one minute apart. Nearis got things started at the 8:06 mark of the first period when she skated hard to the net and redirected a well-placed pass from De Sousa for her 11th goal of the season.
- Compher made it 2-0 when she knocked home her own rebound from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.
- Correia extended the advantage to 3-0 at 14:02 of the first frame. Morgan Fisher (20 saves) got a pad to Calderone's shot from the point, but Correia was in perfect position to quickly knock home the rebound for her eighth marker of the season.
- UConn got a goal back at 15:04 to send the teams to the intermission with the score at 3-1.
- Compher collected her second goal of the evening at 5:19 of the second stanza. As a Terrier penalty expired, Calderone cleared the defensive zone, sending the puck to Parker at the UConn blue line. Parker skated into the Huskies' zone and found a charging Compher on the right wing. Compher collected the pass and went bar down for her 13th goal of the campaign.
- Davis pushed the lead to 5-1 just over three minutes later. Tarnowski won an offensive-zone draw back to Stanley, who sent the puck around the wall and behind the UConn net, which is where Davis collected it. She then skated around the top of the right circle and eventually got to the left circle before she uncorked a shot past Fisher for her team-leading 17th strike of the year.
- The Huskies notched their lone power-play goal at 13:10 of the final frame, but BU regained its four-goal cushion with 3:05 remaining in regulation. Defending in her own end, Tarnowski chipped the puck past a UConn skater and allowed for Davis and Elia to begin a rush up ice. Davis played the puck off the boards and burst past her defender to create a 2-on-1 with Elia. Davis found Elia at the crease, but Fisher made a spectacular save to deny the Elia's first attempt. Elia's second effort found the back of the net, however, for her eighth marker of the season.
- Davis reached 40 points for the second straight season; she also leads BU in goals (17) and assists (23).
- Compher has tallied three goals over the last two tilts.
- Calderone now has five assists, which is a career high.
- Elia matched a career best with her eighth goal of the season.
- Six of the Terriers' eight seniors notched a point.
- The Terriers' shutout streak of 145:23 came to an end on Friday.
- BU has allowed just one even-strength goal over the last 218:27.
- The Terriers have scored the opening goal in an NCAA-best 28 of their 33 games this season.
- Cook and classmate Breanna Scarpaci led the Terriers with three blocked shots apiece.
SENIOR DAY SATURDAY
- The Terriers will honor their eight seniors - Alexandra Calderone, Abby Cook, Sammy Davis, Deziray De Sousa, Breanna Scarpaci, Katie Shannahan, Abbey Stanley and Natasza Tarnowski - prior to Saturday's game against UConn.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.