CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior co-captain Jesse Compher scored two goals, including the game-winner with 40.3 seconds remaining, to lead the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over No. 6 Boston College on Friday afternoon at Conte Forum.
BU (6-4-0, 6-4-0 HE) scored the final three goals of the game to earn its third straight win over BC (13-4-0, 13-4-0 HE). Compher also assisted on junior Mackenna Parker's goal in the second period as part of her three-point performance.
The Terriers trailed the Eagles, 2-0, after 20 minutes before Compher broke through with a power-play goal early in the second stanza. After Parker evened the score early in the third period, a sensational save by junior Kate Stuart kept the game tied and set the stage for Compher's heroics.
The sequence began when junior Alex Allan ripped a shot that went wide but caromed off the end wall and back towards the front of the net. Freshman Catherine Foulem kept the play alive by backhanding the rebound on goal. Compher then crashed the net and knocked the puck past Abigail Levy (24 saves) to give BU its first lead of the game.
Sophomore Nadia Mattivi and freshman Tamara Giaquinto both assisted on Compher's first goal, marking the second straight game in which they both notched a point.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Stuart opened the game with a sensational save on a Savannah Norcross breakaway bid, extending her left leg to keep the game scoreless.
- BC held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, but the Terriers were outstanding to open the second stanza.
- Their improved play led to Compher's power-play strike just 3:42 into the period. The Eagles gave Compher acres of space in the right faceoff circle, and the senior took advantage by skating to the dot and uncorking a wrister inside the right post.
- Parker evened the score at 2:59 of the third period. Foulem and Compher combined to win a battle behind the net, with Compher quickly finding Parker in front for a one-timer.
- Julia Shaunessy nearly gave the Terriers a 3-2 lead, but Cayla Barnes cleared the puck off the goal line just in time to keep the game level.
- Stuart made the save of the game with 4:30 remaining in regulation when she went post-to-post to deny Hannah Bilka with an outstanding glove save.
- BC pulled Levy in favor of an extra attacker in the final seconds, but the Terriers held strong defensively to preserve the win.
- BU extended its streak of successful penalty kills to 25 with its 3-for-3 performance on Friday.
- The Terriers boast the best penalty kill in the country, clicking at 96.9% (31-of-32).
- BU also snapped the Eagles' streak of 24 successful penalty kills with Compher's power play goal.
- Compher has notched six points (4g, 2a) over the last two games.
- She leads the Terriers with 11 points thanks to four assists and a team-high seven goals.
- Not only has Compher scored the Terriers' last two game-winning goals, but Foulem has provided the primary helper on both of them.
- Foulem and Mattivi have totaled three assists apiece over the last two tilts, with Foulem enjoying the first multi-point game of her career on Friday.
- Stuart finished the game with 27 saves, which matches the season high she set last time out in a 4-1 win over Vermont.
- She has won three straight starts, posting a 1.00 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage during that streak.
- The two teams will conclude the regular season tomorrow at Walter Brown Arena.
- Puck drop on NESN+ is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.