Oct. 2, 2009
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BOSTON - The Boston University women's ice hockey team held a 1-0 lead late into the third period but could not hold on as Ohio State evened the score to send the game into overtime before the teams ended in a 1-1 draw on Friday evening at Walter Brown Arena. The Terriers and Buckeyes will complete their weekend series on Saturday (Oct. 3) at 3 p.m.
Both the Terriers and Buckeyes had good scoring chances in the first period, but neither team could capitalize. An early hooking penalty on BU put Ohio State on a power play just 59 seconds into the game, but BU goalie Melissa Haber was able to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. The Terriers had a 5-on-3 opportunity for 16 seconds late in the first stanza, but multiple Buckeye clears kept the score at 0-0 after one.
The Terriers came out gunning in the second and their offensive efforts paid off in the fifth minute. Carly Warren took a loose puck in her own end, flipped it to Jillian Kirchner along the boards, who dished it to a streaking Lauren Cherewyk down the left side. Cherewyk controlled the pass and fired from the left point, beating freshman goalie Chelsea Knapp stick-side for a one-goal lead. Ohio State saw a number of good chances in the BU zone in the waning minutes of the period, but Haber recorded a number of clutch saves to preserve the 1-0 lead.
The teams came out defensively to start the third period, obtaining scoring opportunities on counter attacks through the first part of the stanza. The Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on a Kathryn Miller
hooking penalty midway through the period, but converted a power play chance with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. Freshman Minttu Tuominen fired a shot from the left point which was deflected by Teal Bishop and Melissa Feste in front of the net, past a sprawling Haber for the equalizer. The Terriers had a good look at the game-winner late in the period, but a back-handed shot from Holly Lorms
sailed wide and regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.
Neither team was able to muster much offense in the overtime period with Ohio State managing one shot to BU's none. Haber made a spectacular glove save on a Natalie Spooner effort early in the period to send the game to a shootout.
Kim Theut was the first shooter for the opponents but Haber smothered her shot from a wide angle, as did Buckeye goalie Knapp on BU's first attempt from Laurel Koller. Spooner bested Haber on OSU's next trip down the ice for a 1-0 shootout lead, but senior Jonnie Bloemers quickly evened the score with a gutsy score into the upper netting. After Minttu Tuominen netted the Buckeyes final attempt, Knapp made a smooth kick save on Holly Lorm's attempt to seal a 2-1 shootout win for the visitors.
Shots and penalties were close to even across the board with BU firing 25 shots and committing seven penalties while the Buckeyes amassed 28 shots with six penalties. Haber finished the game with 27 saves while Knapp ended the night with 24.