BU Women’s Hockey Finally Loses to University of Connecticut

BU Women's Hockey
Written by Eric Getzoff

By: Eric Getzoff / BU News Service

The Boston University Women’s Hockey Team (11-6-1, 7-6-0) came into action Saturday night having won six consecutive games (points in 21 straight games) against the Connecticut Huskies (8-7-3, 4-3-1), dating back to February 2010. Both streaks ended after a 2-1 loss at Walter Brown Arena.
Terriers head coach Brian Durocher said the first goal of the game — scored by Conn’s Kelly Harris at 17:37 in the first period — changed the momentum of the series.

“The first goal meant a lot,” said Durocher. “They can win 1-0 or 2-1 and it’s been going on for 3-4 years. They have that innate confidence and weren’t flustered by yesterday.”

The Terriers evened up the score 1-1 at 4:37 mark of the 2nd period on a Sammy Davis power-play goal, but the Huskies countered just over one minute later when Marisa Maccario scored her first goal of the season, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

Davis, who scored her sixth goal of the season, thought the Huskies came out stronger Saturday than Friday, when the Terriers prevailed 4-1.

“We thought [today’s game] could have been the same [as yesterday’s],” said Davis. “But every game is different.”

The Terriers have been a great third period team — averaging an NCAA-best 1.71 goals in the third frame — but Saturday night, they were ice cold, outshot 11-7 in the final 20 minutes.

UConn goaltender Annie Belanger stopped 28 shots and earned her sixth win of the season, while BU goalie Victoria Hanson had her six-game win streak snapped. Hanson now is 8-3 on the year.

Next up for the Terriers is two-game matchup with the second-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers next weekend at Walter Brown Arena.

Parker’s streak snapped
BU Graduate forward Mary Parker’s ten-game point streak was snapped. Her nine-game goal streak also ended.

“I remember her having some really good chances,” said Durocher. “That’s a pretty neat streak and I was envisioning she’d get another goal or two again today.”

Rebecca Leslie hurt
BU Junior forward Rebecca Leslie was hit into the corner boards early in the 2nd period and remained down. The trainer had to come out to the ice and help her off to the bench.  Durocher said she is “day to day.”

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