Box Score Nov. 10, 2015
BOSTON – The Boston University women’s ice hockey team erased two different deficits on Tuesday night to force overtime, but No. 2 Boston College scored with 2:43 left in the extra session to edge the Terriers, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Conte Forum.
BU (6-6-0, 4-3-0 WHEA) nearly became the first team to take a point off the Eagles, who are now 12-0-0 and 5-0-0 in Hockey East, but Alex Carpenter’s 17th goal of the season spoiled a terrific effort from the Terriers over the final two periods.
Senior Rebecca Russo notched the goal that tied the game, 3-3, at the 6:39 mark of the third, and she also assisted on junior Maddie Elia’s eighth strike of the season. Sophomore Rebecca Leslie enjoyed a two-point evening thanks to a pair of helpers while junior Sarah Steele scored her third goal of the season. Freshman Sammy Davis added an assist as well.
Junior goaltender Victoria Hanson made her first start since Oct. 24 and helped keep the Terriers in it with 39 saves, many of which came at crucial points of the contest. Hanson stopped 14 of the 15 shots she saw in the final frame, and also made two saves in overtime.
The Terriers held the second-ranked power play in the nation without a goal, going 0-for-3 against a BC unit that clicked at 33 percent entering Tuesday. BU also scored just the second power-play goal the Eagles have allowed this season.
BC scored the opening two goals to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but the Terriers took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to make it a 2-1 game 11:30 into the second stanza. Leslie won a battle behind the net and dished it to Davis, who eventually fed Steele in the slot. The junior skated in and fired a shot past Katie Burt (30 saves) for her third goal of the season.
Elia equalized for the Terriers with 3:01 remaining in the period after a terrific effort in the BC zone. She forced a turnover, which Russo eventually picked up. The senior’s initial shot was turned aside, but Elia knocked home the rebound.
After BC regained its lead early in the third period, Russo tied the game thanks to a nifty backhander. Russo started the rush with Leslie, and the sophomore forward got to the right half-wall before somehow passing the puck through a defender and to a wide-open Russo, who skated to the crease and deposited her fifth goal of the season past a helpless Burt.
Both teams had ample chances to take a lead in regulation, with the Terriers’ best bid coming late in the frame on a 3-on-1 chance. Tutino held the puck on the right wing and eventually shot it. The puck caromed off a BC skate and nearly trickled by Burt before going wide.
Leslie fired the Terriers’ lone shot on goal of the overtime before BC scored. The Terriers are just the second team this season to record at least 30 shots on goal against the Eagles.
BU will continue league play this weekend when the Terriers welcome Maine to Walter Brown Arena for a two-game series that begins Saturday at 3 p.m.