BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Julia Nearis scored 19 seconds into overtime to lift the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
The Terriers improved their win streak to three and their unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2) while picking up their fourth victory over a ranked opponent this season.
Junior Catherine Foulem opened the scoring just 2:53 into the contest before the visitors got an equalizer later in the period.
BU, which got 22 saves from graduate student Andrea Brändli, improves to 10-15-2 on the year and 9-12-2 in Hockey East play while the Catamounts move to 18-10-1 with a 13-8-1 conference mark.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Foulem, who had two assists in Friday's win over Merrimack, notched her first goal since Nov. 19 with a perfectly placed shot from the foot of the left circle after a drop pass from sophomore Christina Vote.
- The visitors tied it up before the first intermission as Evelyne Blais-Savoie scored on an assist from Lara Beecher at 15:44 of the opening period.
- UVM held a 14-5 shot advantage in the second period and had its lone power-play chance of the game but Brändli and the BU defense kept it a 1-1 game.
- BU had the better of the play for the rest of the contest and settled for overtime after having nothing to show for a solid third-period effort.
- Moments after puck dropped on the extra session freshman Brooke Disher intercepted a pass in the BU zone and tried to get chip it deep along the boards.
- Nearis was right behind the play and lifted the stick of an UVM skater to get the puck before skating through the right circle and placing the puck between UVM netminder Jessie McPherson's legs just 19 seconds into overtime.
- UVM held a slim 23-21 shot advantage but the Terriers outshot the Catamounts 10-2 after the second period.
- McPherson tallied 19 saves for the Catamounts
- Disher extended her point streak to four games and has six points (1g, 5a) during the stretch.
- This was BU's third overtime win of the season and second against the Catamounts.
- Senior captain Nadia Mattivi assisted on Foulem's goal and now has one assist in seven of the past nine contests.
- The Terriers will look to continue their winning ways when they wrap up a three-game homestand on Friday (Feb.3) against No. 14 UConn.
- Game time at Walter Brown Arena is set for 7 p.m.