March 8, 2015
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The No. 7 Boston University women's ice hockey team will look to win its fourth straight Hockey East championship when the Terriers face No. 1 Boston College on Sunday at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Puck drop is set for 1:30 p.m., with the game airing live on NESNplus.
BU (24-8-3) bested Northeastern, 6-1, in Saturday's semifinal to advance to its fifth WHEA title game. The Terriers are 4-0 with the tournament trophy on the line, taking home the hardware in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. They defeated BC, 3-2, last season thanks to a pair of goals in the third period that erased a 2-1 deficit.
A win on Sunday will send BU to the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season. The Terriers can still make the eight-team field if either Wisconsin or Harvard wins their respective conference title game. If BU earns a bid, it will be on the road for its quarterfinal game next weekend.
Senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin stole the show on Saturday as she notched four points, including a hat trick. Classmate Shannon Doyle matched a career high with three assists and junior Sarah Lefort logged a pair of helpers. Sophomores Maddie Elia and Natalie Flynn also lit the lamp and Victoria Hanson stopped 15 shots to improve to 3-0 in the 2015 postseason.
The Terriers are 3-1 all-time against BC in the Hockey East tournament, including 2-0 in Hyannis. BU also owns a 2-1-1 record against the Eagles at neutral sites. Poulin has registered seven goals and seven assists for 14 points against the Eagles while Lefort has tallied four goals and added four assists for eight points versus BC.
Junior Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga has five points (1g, 3a) against BC while senior Shannon Stoneburgh has tallied two goals and two assists. Sophomores Maddie Elia (2g, 2a) and Samantha Sutherland (3g, 1a) also have four points against BC; both players scored in the 2-2 tie on Feb. 21.
BC (33-1-2) beat fifth-seeded UConn, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles outshot the Huskies, 54-20, and got goals from Kaliya Johnson, Haley Skarupa and Alex Carpenter.
Carpenter, one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, leads the nation in goals (34), assists (33) and points (77) this season. Junior Haley Skarupa is third in the NCAA with 66 points (30g, 36a). Freshman goaltender Katie Burt is fourth in the nation with a .945 save percentage and leads the NCAA in wins (29) and goals-against average (1.02). BC also boasts six Hockey East All-Stars, including three first-team selections.