BOSTON - The Boston University women's ice hockey team turned the tables on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena, topping Merrimack, 5-2, after falling to the Warriors by the same score Friday evening.
Senior Julia Nearis scored a pair of goals for the Terriers, who move to 3-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in Hockey East play. Graduate student Jesse DeVito tallied goal and an assist while junior Andi Calderone and freshman Sydney Healey also found the back of the net.
Merrimack scored the first goal of the game but BU reeled off three straight goals to take a lead it would not relinquish.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors got on the board first when Allison Reeb found the back of the net 6:16 into the contest with an assist going to Sam Lessick
- BU needed just 90 seconds to come up with an equalizer and it came on a power play.
- Junior Lacey Martin curled around the right circle and sent a shot on goal that was saved but sophomore Christina Vote was able to punch the rebound through the slot over to Nearis, who converted from the left circle to make it a 1-1- contest.
- BU took the lead early in the second period when a bid by Calderone from above the left circle got through traffic and found the top corner of the goal on a play that was started by a forced turnover from freshman Clara Yuhn.
- The home team pushed the lead to 3-1 at 7:17 of the middle frame when senior Catherine Foulem chased down her own wide redirect behind the net and found Healey open at left crease.
- Merrimack had two power-play chances in the second and scored on the latter as Teghan Inglis notched a goal to make it a 3-2 contest entering the third.
- While hanging on to the one-goal lead, BU got a late power-play goal off a delayed penalty with Merrimack's goaltender pulled in favor of an extra attacker.
- Near the right post, Nearis tipped in a caromed puck that had gone off the end boards and Foulem and junior Lacey Martin picked up assists on the marker, which came with exactly three minutes left in regulation.
- DeVito capped the scoring with her first goal as a Terrier as she scored on an empty-net with helpers from freshman Maeve Kelly and graduate student Alex Allan.
- Graduate student Andrea Brändli picked up the win in goal with a 29-save performance.
- Each team recorded 31 shots in the contest.
- BU went 2-of-5 on the power play, doubling its power-play goal total for the season in the process.
- Kelly's assist was her first collegiate point and she became the 18th Terrier to record a point this season.
- Healey and Kelly each had game-best plus-2 rating.
- The Terriers will enter their fourth straight home-and-home weekend when they host No. 13 Providence on Friday (Nov. 4).
- Game time at Walter Brown Arena is set for 7 p.m.