March 7, 2009

 

Courtesy of Boston College

Durham, N.H. - The Boston College women's ice hockey team advances to the Hockey East Championship game by virtue of a 3-2 victory of Boston University in the semifinal on Saturday.

The No. 2 seeded Eagles improve to 22-7-5 and will face the University of New Hampshire in Sunday's championship game. The Wildcats defeated the Providence College Friars 3-1 in the early game on Saturday.

The Terriers jumped out to an early lead at 3:01 in the first period with a goal from Lauren Cherewyk off a rebound on Eagles goaltender Molly Schaus's stickside.

BU continued to pressure the Eagles, but Schaus turned away all comers including a breakaway by Cherewyk to keep BC in the game.

Junior Kelli Stack tied the game at 10:43 with tip on Terriers goaltender Allyse Wilcox's gloveside. Linemate Allie Thunstrom caught a loose puck in the Eagles zone and skated in on the BU end with only defenseman Sarah Appleton to beat. Thunstrom centered a pass on Wilcox that slid across the crease to Stack to tie the game at one a piece.

The Terriers led the Eagles in shots 19-6 at the end of the first, but the game remained tied to close out the first. No penalties were assessed in the opening frame.

The Eagles won the opening face off in the second frame and came out charging, with Thunstrom picking up a goal just 16 second into the period to put BC up 2-1.

BC and BU both had three power play opportunities in the second frame but neither team found an opening and the period ended with the Eagles leading 2-1.

BC held the lead in shots on goal in the second with a 9-8 lead on the Terriers.

The Eagles started the third period a man down, but were able to hold off the BU charge and get back to full strength.

Freshman Andrea Green made it a 3-1 game at 8:55 in the third with a re-direct from Stack for her fourth goal of the season.

The Terriers cut the lead back down to one at 11:33 with a goal by freshman Jenelle Kohanchuk.

BU pulled their goalie in favor of the extra skater with 56 seconds to play but were held off by Schaus.

Molly Schaus made 36 saves in the victory.

The Eagles will face UNH in the championship game on Sunday at 12:30 at the Whittemore Center.