BOSTON - The Boston University women's ice hockey team went 4-for-4 on the power play and also scored a shorthanded goal en route to a 6-2 victory over No. 9 Harvard on Tuesday night at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (8-4-1) handed Harvard (5-1-0) its first loss thanks to the Terriers' best offensive performance of the season. Five different BU skaters found the back of the net and 11 different Terriers recorded a point, with junior Jesse Compher (2g, 1a) and senior Abby Cook (3a) leading the way with three points apiece. Compher led the Terriers with two goals, including a shorthanded strike, and assisted on junior Nara Elia's game-winning goal. Elia added an assist to finish the night with two points.
Redshirt senior Sammy Davis, junior Kristina Schuler and freshman Julia Nearis also lit the lamp for BU. Senior Natasza Tarnowski, redshirt senior Abbey Stanley, senior Deziray De Sousa, freshman Nadia Mattivi and senior Breanna Scarpaci each had one helper.
Junior goaltender Corinne Schroeder was excellent between the pipes, stopping 32 shots to earn the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Terriers struck first with just 27.6 seconds to play in the first period. Cook cycled the puck to Tarnowski at the left circle. Tarnowski then found Davis for a one-timer from just inside the right circle, and the redshirt senior blasted it past Lindsay Reed (16 saves).
- Harvard evened the score at 1-1 just 4:10 into the second stanza, but Compher answered just over two minutes later when she scored the Terriers' second power-play goal.
- BU extended the lead to 3-1 at the 10:42 mark of the frame with its third power-play tally. With the Terriers' advantage ticking away, Cook found Compher in the left circle for a one-timer. The puck redirected off of Elia, who was stationed at the top of the crease, and went past Reed.
- Compher made it 4-1 with a nifty shorthanded goal at 6:28 of the third period. She won a defensive-zone faceoff back to Stanley, who then fired it off glass and out of the zone. Compher won the race to the loose puck and beat a defender before skating in on Reed. The junior then faked out Reed and backhanded the puck past the netminder for her third goal of the season.
- Harvard responded on that very same power play to cut the Terriers' lead to 4-2.
- Schuler made it 5-2 at the 11:57 mark when she one-timed a pass from De Sousa into the back of the net.
- Nearis concluded the scoring with her team's final power-play marker at 13:49. A Harvard defender slowed down a shot by Scarpaci, but the puck bounced right to Nearis and she beat Reed for her seventh goal of the campaign.
- Compher's shorthanded goal is the first by a Terrier since Mackenna Parker's strike on Nov. 17, 2018 against Vermont.
- Elia extended her point streak to four games (2g, 4a) and now has a point in seven of her last nine appearances.
- She has factored on a game-winning goal in three of those four fixtures.
- Schuler moved her point streak to three games (4g, 1a) and has scored a goal in each of those contests.
- The last time BU scored at least four power-play goals was on Dec. 8, 2018, when they went 6-for-9 on the power play at RIT.
- The Terriers are now 4-0-1 in their last five meetings with Harvard.
- The Terriers will travel to Vermont for a two-game series with the Catamounts that begins on Saturday at 4 p.m.