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Boston University wins Hockey East title, heads to tourney

HYANNIS, Mass. -- Boston University won its third consecutive Hockey East championship after a 3-2 come-from-behind win against fourth-ranked Boston College on Sunday afternoon at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.

BU (24-12-1) trailed by a goal entering the third period, but a power-play goal by senior captain Louise Warren and freshman Maddie Elia’s game winner within the first 8:12 of the frame propelled the Terriers back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth consecutive year.

Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry was named the tournament’s most outstanding player for the second consecutive season after her second 40-plus save performance of the weekend. She stopped 119 of the 125 shots she faced during the three tournament tilts.

No. 5 Cornell 1, No. 3 Clarkson 0

POSTDAM, N.Y. -- Sophomore defender Cassandra Poudrier scored the lone goal of the game to lift Cornell against Clarkson 1-0 to win its second consecutive ECAC Hockey tournament championship and its fourth in five years. The Big Red (24-5-4) will host its NCAA first-round game, to be held on March 15 at Lynah Rink.

Poudrier put the Big Red up early at 14:27 in the first period with help from freshman forwards Caroline DeBruin and Kaitlin Doering. The Golden Knights outshot Cornell 26-20 and neither team could capitalize on the power play as the Big Red was 0-for-2 on the man-advantage and Clarkson was 0-for-3.

Senior Lauren Slebodnick stopped all 26 shots she faced and increased her career total wins, a Cornell record, to 68. The victory was the Big Red's first shutout since Feb. 14 when it defeated Union (N.Y.) 2-0 at Messa Rink.

The title is Cornell's fourth ECAC Hockey tournament championship in five years (2010, '11, '13, '14).

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