Second-seeded Northeastern scored twice in the final four minutes to stun the third-seeded Boston University women's ice hockey team, 2-1, in the Hockey East semifinals on Saturday evening at Walter Brown Arena.
Northeastern 2, Boston University 1
BU (19-12-6), Northeastern (22-11-3)
Walter Brown Arena - Boston, Mass.
Highlights (w/postgame reaction from Durocher)
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
- Up 1-0 late in regulation thanks to a second-period goal by junior Victoria Bach, the Terriers were minutes away from a sixth straight appearance in the league title game before Northeastern's Halle Silva tied it up with 3:46 remaining.
- An interference penalty on the Terriers with 1:21 left in regulation proved costly as freshman Codie Cross was the hero for the Huskies, scoring the winner on the ensuing power play with 46.4 seconds remaining.
- Northeastern advances to face top-seeded Boston College – a 4-3 double-overtime winner over No. 4 Vermont – in Sunday's Hockey East title game.
- After a scoreless first period, BU got on the board with a delayed-penalty tally at 12:35 of the middle stanza.
- Bach poked in a rebound at the goalmouth before Northeastern netminder Brittany Bugalski was able to cover it up, resulting in her 23rd goal of the season.
- Silva provided the equalizer late in the third when she knocked in an elevated puck at the left crease.
- The decisive power-play goal came in the final minute as a shot by Cross got through traffic and was partially stopped by BU goaltender Victoria Hanson (33 saves) but the puck trickled past the goal line before Hanson was able to cover it up.
THANK YOU SENIORS
- The Huskies held a 35-26 shot advantage for the game with Hanson making 33 stops in goal for the Terriers.
- The teams combined for 11 power-play attempts on the day with the game-winning goal being the lone successful conversion.
- Elia assisted on Bach's goal to close out her career on an 11-game point streak (5g, 12a).
- Graduated student Mary Parker also picked up an assist on the Terriers' goal and finished the season with 45 points, including a team-best 24 goals.
- Bach finished her spectacular junior season with a career-high 49 points thanks to a career-best 23 goals and 26 assists.
- Senior co-captain Alexis Crossley blocked six shots on Saturday.
- Seven Terriers - Crossley, Elia, Natalie Flynn, Hanson, Sarah Steele, Samantha Sutherland and Parker - closed out terrific collegiate careers on Saturday.
- They helped BU win two Hockey East titles and over 80 games during their four years on campus.