This Week in Women’s Hockey: November 13-19

Freshman defender Nadia Mattivi controls the puck earlier this season. Photo by Rachel Sharples.

Last week, the Boston University women’s hockey team overcame Yale University 3-1 on Tuesday night before being defeated 4-2 by No. 6 Boston College Friday night.

In their mid-week victory over the traveling Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3 ECAC), the Terriers (7-4-1, 3-4-1 Hockey East) benefitted from scores by junior forwards Kristina Schuler and Nara Elia, and Jesse Compher. Compher’s empty-netter marked her first goal of the season after missing the first month and a half due to injury. In goal, sophomore Kate Stuart made 30 stops in her second start of the season.

Hosting the Eagles over the weekend, BU had a 2-1 lead going into the final 20 minutes against BC as Schuler matched her career high with two goals. However, Eagles scored twice in under three minutes early in the third period to grab the lead, and and empty-net score would seal a 4-2 win for the visitors. Junior goaltender Corrine Schroeder made 26 saves for BU.

BU will finish their three-game homestand at Walter Brown Arena this Tuesday night against Harvard University (5-0, 5-0 ECAC) before heading to Vermont to take on the Catamounts (5-3-5, 2-3-3 Hockey East) this weekend.

The Crimson are coming off a ten-day break. Their last action resulted resulted in a two-win weekend on November 8th and 9th; they defeated Princeton University 6-2, and Quinnipiac College 3-2 in overtime.

In their overtime win against Quinnipiac, Harvard freshman forward Anne Bloomer’s game-winner secured her spot atop the NCAA in goals per game (1.20). Junior forward Becca Gilmore had her eighth assist in five games for the Crimson, pushing her to first in the nation for assists per game (1.60). Sophomore goaltender Lindsay Reed registered her fourth win of the year for Harvard, setting a career high in consecutive wins.

The last time these two clubs matched up against each other, the Terriers won 3-2 in the 2019 Beanpot championship game at Harvard’s home rink. Redshirt senior forward Sammy Davis scored in overtime as Schroeder made 30 saves to secure the victory.

After Tuesday’s tilt, the Terriers will travel to the University of Vermont (5-3-5, 2-3-3 Hockey East) this weekend for back-to-back away games Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

UVM is coming off a 3-2 loss against Providence College, where a third-period goal by Providence’s Sara Hjalmarsson with 16 seconds left lifted the Friars over the Catamounts.

Point-wise, UVM is lead by sophomore defenseman Maude Poulin-Labelle, who leads the team with 13 points (7g, 6a). Sophomore defender Sini Karjalainen leads with 11 assists, while Poulin-Labelle has the team-high in goals with six.

Vermont is averaging 3.1 goals per game, while limiting their opponents to 2.3. The Catamounts are 26.4 successful on the player-advantage, and 74.5 percent on the penalty kill.

Against Vermont, Boston is 32-8-7 all-time; the Terriers went 2-0-1 against the Catamounts last season. In their most recent meeting, Davis recorded career-highs with four points and three assists as the Terriers stormed past the Catamounts 7-2. Six different Terriers lit the lamp, while six different skaters recorded at least two points and Schroeder made 16 saves.

The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night against Harvard at Walter Brown Arena. The Terriers will take on Vermont Saturday evening at 4 p.m. in Burlington, VT, and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.