SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Redshirt senior Sammy Davis tallied both goals and junior Corinne Schroeder made 22 saves to lift the No. 8/9 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Union in the Terriers' season opener on Sunday afternoon at Messa Rink.
Four different Terriers assisted on Davis' goals, with redshirt senior Abbey Stanley and freshman Haylee Blinkhorn providing the helpers on the first marker before sophomore Kaleigh Donnelly and senior Abby Cook recorded helpers on Davis' power-play strike in the second stanza. BU (1-0-0) killed off all five Union (0-4-0) power plays and held the Dutchwomen to just four shots on goal in the third period.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Schroeder was outstanding over the opening 20 minutes, turning aside all 10 Union shots she faced in the first frame.
- Davis ensured BU had the lead entering the first intermission thanks to her goal with less than a minute remaining in the period. Blinkhorn chipped the puck off the boards to Davis at the BU blue line. Davis then skated into the Union end and darted to the left post before sneaking the puck short side past Bella McKee.
- The Terrier penalty killers came up huge in the second stanza, holding Union scoreless during a 5:00 major that included nearly two minutes of 5-on-3 time.
- Davis extended the Terriers' lead to 2-0 with a power-play strike at 14:41 of the middle period. Donnelly threw the puck towards the front of the net and it landed on Davis' stick. She then pushed the puck past McKee for the goal.
- Union got on the board with 3:56 on the clock to get within one heading to the third period.
- Schroeder's most important save of the game came with 10:20 remaining in regulation when she denied a Union skater during an odd-player rush.
- The Dutchwomen pulled their goaltender with 1:30 to play, but the Terriers did well to limit any extended offensive zone time for Union to close out the victory.
- Schroeder has held opponents to one goal or fewer in each of her last six regular-season starts dating back to last season.
- BU is 7-0-1 in its last eight road games.
- The Terriers improved to 6-2-1 in their last nine season openers.
- All five freshmen made their collegiate debuts, with Blinkhorn earning her first collegiate assist on Davis' opening goal.
- Rookies Brooke Ersoy, Nadia Mattivi, Julia Nearis and Grace Parker also skated for BU.
- The Terriers will open their home schedule on Friday night when they host Merrimack at Walter Brown Arena.
- Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.