BOSTON - Junior Nara Elia scored with 2:30 remaining in overtime to lift the No. 8 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over Maine on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
Elia's second overtime-winner of the season came exactly halfway through the extra period. The sequence began when Elia intercepted a Maine clearing attempt to keep the puck in the offensive end. Sophomore Alex Allan then got the puck to freshman Nadia Mattivi at the top of the right circle. From there, Mattivi ripped a pass to Elia at the left post. Elia made no mistake with her one-timer to notch her fifth goal of the campaign.
Sophomore Mackenna Parker and freshman Julia Nearis also lit the lamp to help BU (13-4-1, 8-4-1 HEAW) win its sixth straight game. Senior co-captain Natasza Tarnowski and sophomore Courtney Correia assisted on Parker's goal while junior Jesse Compher and redshirt senior co-captain Sammy Davis had the helpers on Nearis' marker.
Sophomore Kate Stuart made 27 saves to improve her record to 4-1-0. Maine fell to 8-10-2 overall and 4-8-1 in conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Parker opened the scoring just 4:55 into the proceedings. Correia and Tarnowski combined to win a battle at the right half-wall, with Tarnowski backhanding the puck to Parker in the faceoff circle. Parker then skated to the cage before sending a shot past Carly Jackson (36 saves).
- BU extended the lead to 2-0 with 1:17 remaining in the first period when a Compher shot bounced off Nearis' back and into the net.
- Stuart stopped all 19 shots she faced in the first two periods, but Maine got on the board at 7:03 of the final frame and then equalized at the 13:24 mark.
- The Terriers had to kill a penalty with 20.1 seconds to go in regulation, but Stuart made three stops to help keep the game tied and set up Elia's heroics.
- The Terriers have scored first in 16 of their 18 games this season.
- Elia is now tied for second in the NCAA with four game-winning goals, though no other player in the nation has more overtime goals than Elia.
- Compher (6g, 7a) and Davis (3g, 6a) each extended their point streaks to six games.
- Nine different Terriers recorded a point for the second time in three games.
- BU has averaged just over 38 shots on goal per game over the last three tilts.
- This was the second time this season that BU did not earn a power-play chance. The Terriers also did not garner a power-play opportunity in their 1-0 win at UConn on Oct. 18.
- BU and Maine will conclude this weekend's series on Sunday at Walter Brown.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.