BOSTON, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team fell by a score of 3-2 to fifth-ranked Boston University Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Wildcats to 10-13-2 overall and to 6-6-1 in conference play while the Terriers improve to 17-3-3 overall and to 12-2-1 in Hockey East action.
Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) came up with a big save at the 12:52 mark of the first period when BU's Louise Warren fired a point-blank shot from the right side of the net. Gilligan was able to block the shot to keep the score tied, 0-0.
Shannon Stoneburgh gave the Terriers a 1-0 lead with 6:15 remaining in the first after finding a rebound on the right side of the net and putting it away. Gilligan made the initial save, but Stoneburgh found the loose rebound and chipped it in. She was unassisted on the play.
Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) was quick to respond for the Wildcats as she leveled the score with her first goal of the season. Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) started the play when she sent the puck up ice to junior classmate Arielle O'Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario). O'Neill then played the puck to Broderick in front of the goal who found the back of the net for the goal. The Terriers regained the lead at 17:23 of the period when Shannon Doyle tallied her first goal of the season on a power play. Jill Cardella and Jenelle Kohanchuk tallied assists on the play.
Through one period of play, the Terriers held a 2-1 lead. BU also held a 13-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Hitchcock tallied her second point of the afternoon when she tied the game at 2-2 just 4:25 into the second period. Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) passed the puck to O'Neill who was standing parallel to the net on the redline. O'Neill sent the puck into the crease where she found Hitchcock waiting on the back post of the net. The goal was Hitchcock's eighth of the season.
The Terriers took a 3-2 lead on a power play goal by Isabel Menard at 11:06 of the second period. Kaleigh Fratkin served the puck to Louise Warren who in turn found Menard in between the faceoff circles. Menard was able to put the puck away for the tally
The 'Cats remained persistent on offense, outshooting the Terriers 12-10 in the period. Through two periods of play, BU remained ahead, 3-2.
The Terriers upped their offensive attack in the third period after attempting shot after shot, however solid defense and goaltending kept the BU attack at bay. After three periods of play, the Terriers held on for a 3-2 win.
Gilligan received the loss in net for the 'Cats, despite making 27 saves on the 30 shots she faced. Her record now stands at 7-3-1. Kerrin Sperry improved her record after recording the win for Boston University. Her record now stands at 14-2-3 on the year after making 21 saves on 23 shots.
The Wildcats were 0-for-4 on the power play while the Terriers were 2-for-6 with the advantage.
The team will remain on the road as they travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the University of Vermont for a pair of games. Friday's puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.