BOSTON, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team fell at No. 4 Boston University Wednesday night by a score of 6-0. The loss puts the Wildcats at 13-15-3 on the year and to 9-8-2 in Hockey East action while the Terriers improve to 21-5-3 overall and to 16-2-1 in conference play.
The Wildcats started the first period on an offensive attack, outshooting the Terriers 6-0 in the first three minutes. All six shots were saved by BU netminder Kerrin Sperry. UNH goalie Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) stopped the first four shots she faced, however Boston University took a 1-0 lead with its fifth shot of the game as Jenelle Kohanchuk tallied her first goal of the game. Shannon Stoneburgh and Marie-Philip Poulin tallied assists on the play. UNH remained offensively set, outshooting the Terriers by a margin of 12-9 in the stanza, but to no avail.
After one period of play, Boston U. held a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, the Terriers tallied their second goal of the game at the 5:09 mark of the stanza to take a 2-0 lead. Isabel Menard notched the goal just two seconds after the Wildcats killed the Terrier power play. She as assisted by Jill Cardella on the play. Rebecca Russo added another goal for BU at the 9:22 mark if the period to give the Terriers a 3-0 lead. Cardella and Jordan Juron each notched assists on the play. Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) tallied a pair of shots on goal in the period as the team totaled six shots on target. With two periods in the books, the Terriers led, 3-0.
Boston U. tallied three more goals in the third period at the 7:20, 11:06 and 14:33 marks of the stanza. Kohanchuk notched the first one while Dakota Woodworth and Shannon Doyle scored the second and third goals. At the end of the game, BU held on for the win.
Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario) led the way on offense for the 'Cats, each tallying four shots on goal. Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario), Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia), Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) and Hitchcock each finished with a pair of shots on goal. Vaattovaara received the loss in net for New Hampshire after making 26 saves in net. Her record falls to 3-9-0 on the year. Sperry stopped all 22 shots she faced to earn the shutout as her record improves to 17-4-3 on the year.
The Wildcats return home to wrap up the regular season as they host the University of Maine for a pair of weekend games. The first game is set for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.