BOSTON – Senior goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) made a school-record 52 saves to backbone the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Thursday night's 4-2 Hockey East victory against third-ranked Boston University at Walter Brown Arena.
BU goalie Alissa Fromkin finished with 12 saves.
The Terriers recorded a 12-5 shot advantage in the opening stanza, but UNH led 1-0 at the first intermission. On BU's first power play, Tara Watchorn wristed a shot from the right circle that Herman directed aside with her extended right leg pad. In the 13th minute, Jillian Kirchner's shot from the inner-left circle glanced off Herman's glove and ricocheted off the right elbow of the cage.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at 17:54 on a faceoff to Fromkin's left. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) won the draw back to Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.), who moved the puck to Hunt and her slapshot sailed into the net for her first career goal.
BU continued to pepper Herman in the second period, but it once again was UNH capitalizing on its opportunities to build a 3-0 lead. The Terriers opened the stanza on the power play and gained a 5x3 advantage for 43 seconds when the 'Cats were whistled for another penalty with 56 seconds elapsed. Jenn Wakefield ripped a one-timer from the left faceoff dot, but Herman snared the puck with her glove.
UNH killed off the extended power play, and shortly thereafter sustained pressure in which Brittany Skudder (Plainview, N.Y.) wristed a screened shot on goal from the right circle and Sarah Cuthbert (East Falmouth, Mass.) lifted the rebound wide left of the cage.
The Wildcats gained a 5x3 power play -- the home squad was whistled for infractions at 4:02 and 5:20 -- and extended its lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 6:09 when O'Neill, unmarked at the left post, deposited a shot into the open side of the net. Lavoie and Horn set up the tally.
UNH's Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) led a 3-on-2 rush down the middle of the ice. She utilized the defenseman as a screen, but her wrister was blocked aside by Fromkin.
Horn gave the 'Cats a three-goal advantage on an unassisted breakaway goal at 14:26. She stole the puck in the defensive zone, carried the puck through the neutral zone and charged down the slot. Horn deked as if to stuff a shot between Fromkin's leg pads, but pulled the puck to the left and tucked a shot inside the post.
BU scored 21 seconds into the third period to trim the deficit to 3-1. Herman stopped Marie-Philip Poulin's initial shot at the left doorstep, but Jenelle Kohanchuk corralled the rebound at the top of the crease and shoveled the puck into the net. Catherine Ward was also credited with an assist.
Campbell reestablished a three-goal lead, 4-1, for UNH at 11:39 when she redirected a Courtney Sheary (Melrose, Mass.) shot from the high slot. Emma Clark (Barre, Vt.), with the pass back to Sheary, also set up the tally.
The Terriers closed within 4-2 on Jillian Kirchner's goal at 16:06. Herman stopped Carly Warren's initial shot from the left circle, but Kirchner corralled the puck behind the net on the left side and banked a shot off Herman inside the near post.
BU pulled Fromkin multiple times in the last 2:22 of regulation but Herman was perfect the rest of the way, including five saves in the last 77 seconds when the 'Cats were on the penalty kill.
UNH and BU conclude the home-and-home series Feb. 5 at the Whittemore Center. Game time in Durham is 2 p.m.