Feb. 1, 2014
BOSTON - Boston University (18-8-0, 11-5-0 WHEA) got five goals from the league's top two scorers to defeat the UConn women's hockey team (7-19-2, 4-10-1 WHEA) by a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. With the win, BU swept the season series with UConn, 3-0.
Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) scored for UConn in the setback, and Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) made 30 saves. Cava and MacDonnell also both had assists to notch multi-point nights. Louise Warren had a hat trick for the Terriers to give her 20 goals on the season, while Sarah Lefort scored twice and now has a WHEA-best 21 tallies. BU held a 35-26 advantage in shots on goal and went 1-for-2 on the power play, while UConn was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
BU had a grade-A chance in the early stages of the first period, when Samantha Sutherland slid a pass in front to Warren, but her point-blank shot was covered up by Chuli. Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) made a bid for the Huskies midway through the first period with a snap shot from the slot, but Hanson was there for the save.
The Terriers broke through in the final two minutes of the first period, when Warren tallied on a power play to make it 1-0. The goal came at 18:01 of the first off a redirection from a Kaleigh Fratkin shot from point. The Terriers were called for hooking with 11 seconds left in the opening stanza, but took their one-goal lead into the first intermission. BU held a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal during the first frame.
UConn's best chance on its power play to open the second period came via a Snodgrass shot at the tail end of the advantage, but Hanson squeezed it and BU killed off the advantage. The Huskies found their equalizer two minutes later, tying the contest at 1-1 at 3:52 of the second. Cava started the play by forcing a turnover in her own zone and flipping the puck to MacDonnell. The assistant captain flew into the BU zone with Cava on her flank on a two-on-one rush, sliding the puck back to Cava who finished in front for her seventh goal of the season.
The Terriers jumped back on top minutes later, when Warren picked up her second of the day at 7:24 when she buried a Lefort rebound to make it 2-1. That lead was short-lived, as UConn continued the high-scoring second period with a power play goal at 10:07. MacDonnell took a feed from Cava and controlled the puck at the point, firing one on goal that snuck past Hanson to tie the contest at 2-2. Kelly Harris
(Canton, Mich.), who screened Hanson on the goal, was also credited with an assist for sending the initial pass to Cava.
Play calmed over the next few minutes, until Lefort made it 3-2 in the closing minutes of the frame, sneaking a short-side blast past Chuli at 18:02. UConn went on the power play for the final 1:45 of the period but couldn't convert, and BU took its lead to the second intermission. The Huskies held a 14-13 edge in shots on goal in the four-goal second period.
Chuli made a pair of huge saves early in the third period, first on an open look from Sutherland and then on Warren's ensuing rebound bid. Fratkin was called for hooking on an end-to-end rush by Cava to send the Huskies to power play at 6:49 of the third, but the Huskies couldn't convert.
The Terriers made it a two-goal game after returning to even strength, with Warren completing her hat trick by burying her own rebound at 10:11 of the third. Chuli made a pair of saves on a BU power play in the final five minutes of the period to keep it 4-2, before Chris MacKenzie called time for the Huskies with 3:37 to play. MacKenzie pulled Chuli with 3:09 remaining, and the Huskies had a pair of chances stopped by Hanson before Lefort iced the game with her second of the night into the empty to net to push the score to 5-2.
Up next, UConn concludes its season series with another Boston rival when it hosts No. 7 Boston College in Storrs on Saturday, Feb. 8. Puck drop against the Eagles is set for 2 p.m.