The Boston University women’s hockey team (1-1-0, 0-0-0 HE) had a quick turnaround this afternoon for a 4:00pm matchup against Union College Dutchwomen (3-3-0, 0-0-0 ECACH). Coming off of last night’s 4-0 victory, the Terriers were dealt their first loss of the season, dropping the game 1-3.
Callie Shanahan was back in the crease after sitting out of the RPI game due to sickness. The sophomore goaltender made 32 saves in her first official showing in the 2022-2023 campaign.
BU was ready to compete from puck drop compared to their slower start against the Engineers on Friday. Junior forward Lacey Martin continued to be a threat up on the ice as she got off some quality shots in the opening minutes, searching for her first of the year.
Junior forward Clare O’Leary and junior defenseman Tamara Giaquinto hit the ice for the first time this season. In last night’s postgame press conference, Durocher said he was bringing them back into the lineup with “caution” following injury.
Union got on the board at 6:34 in the first period when senior forward Carmen Merlo stationed herself down low and knocked in the rebound of freshman forward Greta Kropp’s shot. The Dutchwomen didn’t hold their lead for long, though, as captain and senior defenseman Nadia Mattivi knotted the game at one a piece a little over two minutes later.
Pulling sophomore Sophie Matsoukas out of her crease on the left side, Mattivi looped behind the net to then release a snapshot top-shelf while the Union netminder was still out of position. The tying tally was the captain’s first goal of the year.
A slashing penalty on Kylie Roberts at 10:55 gave the Dutchwomen the opportunity to regain their lead on the power play, and that they did. Sophomore defenseman Emma Hebert lit the lamp from between the circles to make it 2-1 at 12:42. The score remained the same for the rest of the first period and ended with Union up 15-9 in SOG.
Union held their 2-1 advantage through the middle frame. Each squad had a spin on the power play –– the Dutchwomen trying to expand their lead and the Terriers trying to bury the equalizer –– but the score stayed locked in. The fatigue from yesterday’s games showed for both teams as the play got a little sloppy after the first 40 minutes heading into the third period.
BU continued their hunt for a tying goal, but a sniper from sophomore forward Ashley Adams deflated the Terriers’ efforts with 4:35 left on the clock. Junior defenseman Madison Cardaci headed to the box for holding at 16:18 to close out the competition as BU lost 1-3.
Brian Durocher’s team will play in their first Hockey East series next weekend against the University of Newhampshire, starting with a game in Durham on Friday night. Saturday’s matchup will be at 3:00pm at Walter Brown Arena. For continued full coverage of BU hockey, follow along on Twitter @BOShockeyblog and Instagram @boston.hockey.blog.