BOSTON – Lauren Cherewyk scored two power-play goals, including the game-winning tally in the third period, to lift the 10th-ranked Boston University women’s ice hockey team to Thursday night’s 3-2 Hockey East victory against fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire at Walter Brown Arena.
UNH is now 4-1-2 overall and 1-1-1 in Hockey East with the one win coming via the shootout. BU, which had lost all 16 previous games vs. the Wildcats, is now 4-2-1, 1-0-0.
The loss ends New Hampshire’s league-record regular-season unbeaten streak at 40 games (36-0-4). UNH had not been defeated by a Hockey East team since Nov. 2, 2006 (at Boston College).
With the score tied 2-2 at the start of the third period, BU pressured but UNH goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) denied Jillian Kirchner on a wraparound at the left post and Gina Kearns off the rebound at the left doorstep.
Herman stoned Kearns again in the eighth minute from close range on her breakaway along the right dashers.
BU went on its sixth power play of the night and Cherewyk – who also potted a first-period power-play goal to give the Terriers a 2-0 lead – struck again at 11:55 when a loose puck from the right doorstep went off Erin Seman’s stick to the low slot and Cherewyk chipped the puck inside the left post to give Boston University a 3-2 lead.
The Terriers immediately went back on the attack, but a flurry of point-blank shots from Cherewyk, Jillian Kirchner and Jeneele Kohanchuk were turned aside by Herman.
UNH went on the power play at 15:37 and gained a two-skater advantage at 16:23 when the home team was whistled for another penalty. The ‘Cats called time out at the outset of that 74-second two-skater power play and fired two shots wide of the net before Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) dumped a shot on goal from the blue line. UNH put just one more shot on goal in the remaining 26 seconds and did not get a shot on goal in the rest of the 43-second one-skater power play.
Herman was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:16 to play and BU called a timeout seven seconds later.BU goalie Allyse Wilcox again denied Wakefield with 60 seconds on the clock. The defense then blocked a shot from the high slot and cleared the puck with 20 seconds to go. The ‘Cats reentered the offensive zone with 10 on the clock but did not get another shot.
Herman made 12 of her 24 saves in the third period. Wilcox also stopped 12 third-period shots to finish with 27 saves.
Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second stanza, the Wildcats potted two goals to pull even heading into the final frame. Wakefield netted her team-leading seventh goal of the season at 8:42 to pull the ‘Cats within 2-1. Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) initiated the sequence with a pass from the right corner behind the net to Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland), who moved the puck in front and Wakefield’s shot sailed into Wilcox’s glove, but across the goal line for the score.
Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) evened the score with a power-play goal at 17:12. Maggie Joyce (Hudson, Ohio) moved the puck across the goal mouth from the left doorstep and Long tipped the puck under the crossbar. Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario), with the pass from the high slot to Joyce, was also credited with an assist.
The Terriers skated to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Tara Watchorn opened the scoring a 1:54 when her shot from the right point sailed through traffic and deflected off a UNH defenseman into the net.
BU extended its advantage to two goals with a power-play goal at 12:44. The Terriers had a 5x3 advantage for 1:32 beginning at 10:48, but the Wildcats’ penalty kill unit of Joyce, Patton and Kelly Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich.) killed the initial 40 seconds. Joyce remained on the ice and was joined by Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.) and Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) to kill the next 43 seconds. Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and Taylor then joined Joyce on the ice to kill the remaining nine seconds of BU’s two-skater advantage.
Just when it appeared that UNH would extend its streak of successful penalty kills to 26, Cherewyk struck at 12:44 -- with four seconds remaining on the power play. Kirchner initiated the sequence with a pass from the left circle to the near doorstep, where Melissa Anderson fired the puck across the goal mouth to Cherewyk at the right post for the goal.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Oct. 25 (5 p.m.) against Yale University. Tickets are available at the Whittemore Center Box Office, through TicketMaster, or online by clicking here.