Nov. 8, 2012
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The No. 5 Boston University women’s ice hockey team will look to extend its road unbeaten streak to four games when the Terriers face New Hampshire on Friday night at the Whittemore Center. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.
BU (7-2-1, 3-1-1 WHEA) is 2-0-1 this season on the road, with all three games coming against ranked league opponents. The Terriers earned a 5-5 tie at No. 7 Boston College on Saturday. New Hampshire (3-7-0, 1-2-0 WHEA) dropped a 3-2 decision at Dartmouth on Tuesday.
The Whittemore Center has been hospitable of late for the Terriers, as they own a 3-1-0 record in Durham since 2008. The lone loss came last season, but BU avenged that January defeat with a 5-1 win on Feb. 4. The Terriers outscored UNH, 19-4, in their three wins over the Wildcats last season, and they have won seven of the last nine contests against UNH.
Senior Isabel Menard tortured the Wildcats last season, as she notched 12 points (4g, 8a) in four games against them last season, including a five-point effort (1g, 4a) in the Terriers’ last visit to Durham. Sophomore Kayla Tutino also had great success against the Wildcats last year, as she notched six points (1g, 5a). Nine skaters on this year’s squad notched at least two points last season against UNH, while 12 returning players got on the score sheet at least once.
Junior Marie-Philip Poulin is still in Finland playing for Team Canada at the Four Nations Cup, but Friday’s contest will be the last one she misses before returning to the team next week. She still leads BU in points (16) and assists (12). Menard is second on the team and tied for third in Hockey East with 14 points (4g, 10a), while freshman Sarah Lefort leads all league rookies in goals (8) and points (11).
Kerrin Sperry stopped 38 shots against BC on Saturday, which is the most the junior goaltender has made in a regular-season game. Her career high of 58 saves came against Cornell in the NCAA tournament last season. Sperry owns a 6-2-1 record this year and has one shutout.
The Wildcats opened the season with a 3-1-0 record, but since a win against Boston College on Oct. 20, UNH has lost six straight games by a combined score of 20-7. Senior Kristina Lavoie (3g, 5a) leads the team in points and is tied with classmate Kristine Horn (2g, 5a) for the lead in assists.
UNH has to be pleased with the production from its rookies. Freshmen Sara Carlson (4g, 3a) and Alexis Crossley (4g, 1a) are tied for the team lead in goals. Freshman goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara has started eight of the nine games in which she has appeared. She owns a 3-6-0 record with a 3.14 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.
The Terriers will continue their league schedule when Providence visits Walter Brown Arena next Friday (Nov. 16). Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.