Dec. 9, 2015
The Boston University women's ice hockey team will close the 2015 portion of its schedule on Wednesday night when the Terriers travel to Providence. Puck drop against the Friars at Schneider Arena is set for 7 p.m.
BU (12-7-1, 9-3-1 WHEA) is 6-1-1 in its last eight games and has not lost to a Hockey East opponent in that stretch, going 5-0-1 against league foes. The Terriers have been terrific in December over the last three seasons, going 6-0-1 in the final month of the calendar year since Dec. 1, 2013. That includes a win and tie against UConn last weekend.
The Terriers have won 12 of their last 13 games against Providence, including six straight dating back to Feb. 15, 2014. During that six-game win streak, BU has not allowed more than two goals per game. Overall, BU is 20-11-2 against the Friars, though PC is 9-5-2 against BU at Schneider Arena.
Senior Sarah Lefort has tallied a point in 10 of the 11 games she has played against Providence, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists for a whopping 24 points. Lefort recorded back-to-back hat tricks against the Friars on Feb. 14 and 16, last season. Junior Maddie Elia has tallied three goals and assisted on three others for six point while senior captain Kayla Tutino has recorded six goals and six helpers for 12 points.
Lefort, Tutino and sophomore Victoria Bach stole the show in Sunday's 4-3 win over UConn, as they combined for all four goals and five assists in the victory. Lefort logged two of the goals while Bach and Tutino each had a marker. The line started the game and scored just 37 seconds into the contest. On the season, those three Terriers have combined for 15 goals and 36 assists for 51 points.
The Terriers' recent 6-1-1 stretch has been in large part to the resurgence Lefort, who extended her point streak to eight games with her four-point performance on Sunday. In those eight contests, Lefort has scored seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, and she has factored on four of the six game-winning goals (2g, 2a). Prior to the streak, Lefort had just one goal and three assists for four points in 10 games.
Providence (5-10-0, 3-6-0 WHEA) last played on Dec. 1 when it earned a 4-1 home win against Union. It was the second straight victory for Providence after a 6-1 win over Brown on Nov. 28. The Friars began the season 0-7-0 but have gone 5-3 since then.
Freshman Christina Putigna is the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Month; she leads the team in points (16) and assists (12). Sophomore Brooke Boquist is second with 15 points thanks to a team-best nine goals. Junior Cassidy Carels (4g, 8a) and sophomore Madison Sansone (8g, 3a) have also broken the 10-point barrier this season.
Freshman Madison Myers has started 10 games this season, including the last five. She owns a 2.82 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage with a 4-5-0 record.
The Terriers will have a month off until their next contest, which is a Jan. 9 game against No. 2 Boston College at Walter Brown Arena.