BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Natasza Tarnowski and junior Nara Elia each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the No. 8/9 Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 3-1 victory over UConn on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (24-6-4, 18-6-3 HEAW) honored its eight seniors - Tarnowski, Alexandra Calderone, Abby Cook, Sammy Davis, Deziray De Sousa, Breanna Scarpaci, Katie Shannahan and Abbey Stanley - prior to Saturday's contest. Cook scored the eventual game-winning goal, with Calderone providing the primary helper. Davis added an assist on Tarnowksi's tally. Sophomore Alex Allan and junior Kristina Schuler also collected one assist apiece.
Junior Corinne Schroeder was sensational for the Terriers, as she finished the day with 32 saves, including 19 in the second stanza. Cook, Scarpaci and Stanley led the Terriers with three blocked shots apiece, and the Terriers held UConn (16-16-2, 13-12-2 HEAW) to an 0-for-3 mark on the power play.
BU will host Maine in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series that begins Friday night at 7 p.m. Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 3, with a third tilt to take place on Sunday at 3 if necessary.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BU notched two goals in the first 1:24 of the contest to grab a 2-0 lead.
- Elia opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the proceedings when she crashed the net and converted a centering feed from Tarnowski for her ninth marker of the campaign.
- Cook extended the lead to 2-0 just 50 seconds later when her shot from the right point caromed off a UConn defender and past Morgan Fisher (25 saves) for her career-best ninth goal of the season.
- Tarnowski pushed the Terriers' advantage to 3-0 with just 1:09 remaining in the first frame when she slotted home her third goal of the season.
- UConn applied plenty of pressure in the second stanza, but Schroeder proved equal to task on a flurry of Husky shots.
- The Huskies did get on the board at 15:06 of the middle period when Jessie Aney, after Schroeder made a great stop on a point-blank chance, slid the puck underneath a sprawled-out Schroeder and into the back of the net. The officials reviewed the play but determined it was a good goal.
- Schroeder stopped all nine shots she saw in the final 20 minutes to preserve the victory.
- Davis extended her point streak to eight games (6g, 6a).
- Cook has collected eight points (3g, 5a) over the last seven games and is just two points away from 100 for her career.
- Schroeder finished the regular season with a .944 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.
- The single-season record for goals-against average (including playoffs) is 1.63, while Schroeder set the save percentage standard with a .933 effort last season.
- Elia extended her point streak to four games (2g, 4a).
- Calderone finished the weekend with three assists.
- Schuler has tallied eight points (1g, 7a) over her last 10 games, notching a point in eight of those 10 tilts.
- Seven different Terriers lit the lamp this weekend.