This Week in Women’s Hockey: October 7-14

Junior goaltender Corrine Schroeder makes a stop. Photo by Emily Hunter.

By Cara Mooney

This past weekend, the Boston University women’s ice hockey team got their first cracks at Hockey East competition when they hosted Merrimack College (2-2-1, 0-2-1 Hockey East) Friday night in their home opener, then traveled to the University of New Hampshire (3-1-1, 2-0-0 Hockey East) Saturday afternoon. 

Star forward Jesse Compher did not suit up for either game this past weekend due to a lower-body injury. Her status for this upcoming weekend remains unknown, as BU’s head coach Brian Durocher said she is day-to-day.

Prior to puck drop against Merrimack, the Terriers (1-1-1, 0-1-1 Hockey East) raised a banner to honor the 2019 Beanpot championship team. 2019 graduates Mary Grace Kelley and Reagan Rust returned to help lift the banner into the rafters, as well as members of the 1981 team that claimed the school’s first Beanpot title.

Once the puck was dropped, BU freshman forward Julia Nearis tallied her first collegiate goal before senior captain Natasha Tarnowski also scored, forcing the game to a 2-2 tie which would prove to be the final score. Junior goaltender Corinne Shroeder stopped 21 of 23 Warrior shots on goal in her second start of the season.

Sophomore netminder Kate Stuart took over between the pipes on Saturday in Durham, and made 43 saves in her 2019-29 debut. Goals from senior defenseman Abby Cook and senior captain Sammy Davis would not be enough, as the Terriers fell 4-2.

Looking ahead to this weekend, BU will visit the University of Connecticut (3-1-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) Friday night at 6pm, and the University of Maine (2-1-1, 0-0-0 Hockey East) Sunday afternoon at 2pm as two of five straight road games on the late for October. 

In their last ten games against the Huskies, the Terriers are 5-2-3. BU beat UConn 3-1 in their last meeting, with seven different Terriers recording a point in the victory. The last time the Terriers faced the Huskies, seven different players for BU recorded a point, including goals from junior forward Nara Elia, sophomore forward Courtney Correia, and sophomore forward Emma Wuthrich.

As for the Black Bears, BU went 1-2 against Maine last season – their win coming from a 3-0 shutout in January. In their last ten games against Maine, BU is 3-7 against the Black Bears. Davis, Compher, and Tarnowski all scored for BU en route to outshooting Maine 42-20 in that contest, which was the last clash between these two teams.

After starting slowly in their early-season Hockey East play this past weekend, BU will look to right the ship as conference competition continues against UConn and Maine.

This week in women’s hockey: Sep. 30-Oct. 7

Sophomore goaltender Corrine Schroeder makes a save against Holy Cross last season. Photo by Emily Hunter.

By: Cara Mooney

This past week, the Boston University women’s ice hockey team kicked off their 2019-20 season, going in ranked eighth in the USCHO’s national preseason poll.

Before the Terriers (1-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East) took the ice, stand-out junior forward Jesse Compher was ruled out for BU’s season opener with a lower-body injury. While she has been practicing with the team, her status for their upcoming contest this Friday remains unknown.

Redshirt senior and captain Sammy Davis led the way this past weekend in BU’s victory over Union College (0-4-0, 0-0-0 ECAC). The forward scored two goals to lift the Terriers over the Dutchwomen for their first victory to open the season. 

BU was able to hold off Union’s pressure in the first period as Davis scored late in the period to give the Terriers the lead. Davis would go on to score a power play goal in the second period, only for Union to get on the scoreboard with nearly four minutes remaining in the period. 

Union gained the benefit of five power plays, but the Terriers were able to stop all five, holding the Dutchwomen to four shots on net in the third period. Junior netminder Corrine Schroeder made 22 saves to seal the victory for the Terriers Sunday afternoon at Messa Rink.

This Friday, October 11, the Terriers will host Merrimack College at 7pm in their first home game of the season at Walter Brown Arena before heading on a five-game road trip beginning with University of New Hampshire Saturday afternoon at 2pm.

Merrimack is coming off a weekend sweep against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, wrapping up their weekend with a 2-1 victory over the Engineers. Freshman goaltender Erin Gorski earned her way to her first victory for the Warriors while turning away 27 shots. 

Against Merrimack (2-2-0, 0-2-0 Hockey East), the Terriers are 6-2-2 in their last ten matchups, having finished an undefeated 3-0-2 against the Warriors last season. In their last meeting, Davis’s late-regulation goal evened the score at three apiece, which would hold through overtime.

As for Saturday, UNH is coming off a loss and tie to the St. Lawrence University Saints this past Thursday and Friday nights, respectively. Redshirt sophomore forward Paige Rynne and sophomore defender Emily Rickwood each tallied two goals on the weekend.

BU is 8-0-2 in their last ten games against New Hampshire (1-1-1, 0-0-0 Hockey East), and went 6-0-1 against UNH last season. These squads last met in the Hockey East quarterfinals, where Davis’s two-goal game and senior forward Deziray De Sousa’s game-winner clinched the sweep for the Terriers in a 3-1 win.

With Merrimack and New Hampshire on the horizon, BU will look to build on Sunday’s strong start to the season against Union.

Women’s hockey season preview: Terriers to build off of 2018 campaign

The Terriers celebrate a goal in a meeting with Holy Cross last season. Photo by Emily Hunter, DFP Staff.
Based on the 2018 season, expectations are sky-high at Walter Brown Arena as the nation’s seventh-ranked Boston University women’s hockey team awaits the opening puck drop for the 2019-20 season on Oct. 6.

Long-time BU head coach Brian Durocher, the only head coach in BU’s D1 program history, has taken those expectations with an underdog mentality.

“I’ve talked to the ladies and said ‘if we think we’re good, we’re going to be in trouble,’” Durocher said. “If we believe we’re the underdogs and understand that we’re a team that worked as hard as we did last year then good things can happen to us.”

Last season presented an opportunity for the Terriers to gain experience on the ice and it proved to be valuable as the season progressed. The team took home its first Beanpot title since winning one as a club team in 1981, but a tough loss in the Hockey East semifinal to arch-rival Boston College sent BU packing early.

Durocher said the Terriers can build off of last season’s accomplishments and have the benefit of stability, with almost the entire 2018-19 team returning.

“Experience and depth are the first things that come to mind, the kids have certainly experienced some success,” Durocher said. “I think they can flashback and think about the things they did well. We were a real tough team throughout the majority of the season … and the depth comes from 20 of the 23 players returning.”

The Terriers finished third in the Hockey East last year with a record of 15-6-6 in the regular season before falling to the Eagles in the playoffs in Providence, Rhode Island.

This season, BU was picked to finish second in the conference in the Hockey East preseason that released on Sept. 26.  The Terriers have also been ranked at number seven in the national rankings this preseason. As Durocher said, BU is returning an experienced squad this season, including senior and 2019 Beanpot MVP Sammy Davis.

Davis, of nearby Pembroke, Massachusetts led the team in goals last season with 25, including the Beanpot-winning goal. She spread the wealth amongst her teammates as well, with 27 assists on the season to finish with the second most points in the conference.

Junior forward Jesse Compher is also returning to the team this season after being named to Team USA in the wake of earning Hockey East First Team honors last season. Davis was the primary scorer for the Terriers last season, but Compher was the ultimate facilitator for the offense with 44 assists; leading the Hockey East and tallying the second most in the country.

Durocher said Davis and Compher are the focal points of the team, but he is more excited to see how the other players around them develop.

“You [have] a kid who does a great job of moving the puck around in Jesse, and you [have] a kid who’s a power forward in Sammy…they’re the real top kids here on the team based on stats,” Durocher said. “The big thing this year for me and the exciting thing is to see who’s going to evolve and step forward this year.”

Junior Corinne Schroeder, who will be returning as goaltender, brings her invaluable experience to the team. Schroeder boasted a BU-record .933 save percentage last season, good for ninth in the nation and second in the conference.

BU is also bringing in a class of five freshman recruits, of which there are three forwards and two defenders. In this class, the Terriers have their first ever player to come from outside of North America in defender Nadia Mattivi of Italy, who plays on the Italian women’s national team.

Durocher said the goal for the freshman class is to get into a rhythm early in the season and try to ease them into tougher situations.

“They all brought good qualities to get us interested in them and I know they’ll bring them to this level, but doing it in the first game, or the first week, or the first month is not a given,” Durocher said. “Just being comfortable is important and because of the depth we have, we won’t be in a rush to force them into a power play or penalty kill.

When asked about his expectations for the season, Durocher emphasized the importance of every regular season game.

“My first thing I always point to every year is to have a great regular season body of work,” Durocher said. “If you really come to play every single game, you give yourself a chance to get in the NCAA tournament.”

The Terriers will kick off their 2019-20 campaign at Union College on Sunday, October 6 at 1pm.

2013-14 men’s hockey preview issue

Thursday brought the annual hockey preview edition of The Daily Free Press, and this year all eight pages of the issue were dedicated to men’s and women’s hockey.

Be sure to grab a copy and share it with your friends if you’re on campus, but if you are not, here is a look at all of the content the issue features.

The season preview, which details what to expect from David Quinn’s first year as coach, is the first story of the issue.

Here is more background on Quinn and the path he took to go from BU hockey player to head coach of his alma mater.

Jake Moscatel dreamed of playing for BU his entire life, but getting there was not easy.

Garrett Noonan is back, he is captain, and he has business to take care of.

Sophomore year was a chance for Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann to break out. Now, they have a chance to lead.

Hockey East is only getting tougher with the arrival of Notre Dame and the emergence of UMass-Lowell and Providence. Where does BU fit in? Check out our power rankings.

On the women’s front, take a look at the season preview as Brian Durocher’s squad tries to get back to the national championship, and a profile of Kerrin Sperry, who is a leader both between the pipes and with ROTC.

What is Patrick MacGregor’s favorite pregame music? Find out in our lighthearted “Seven Questions” Q&A.

You can find the digital copy of the issue here.

From the FreeP: Marie-Philip Poulin returns from injury to give BU spark

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff
MINNEAPOLIS – Minutes into the No. 2 Boston University women’s hockey team’s game against the undefeated and top-ranked University of Minnesota, junior forward Marie-Philip Poulin fell to the ground.
The co-captain and team leader in points had taken a puck to the kneecap after she tried to block a shot by Minnesota defenseman Megan Bozek. For several seconds, while play continued to whirl around her, Poulin attempted to push herself up off the ice to no avail.
Finally, the whistle blew. BU’s trainer rushed out onto the ice and crouched down over Poulin who continued to writhe in pain and struggle to get up. After a few more seconds Poulin’s teammates, sophomore defenseman Caroline Campbell and senior defenseman Kathryn Miller, helped her get to the bench, where she proceeded to go down the tunnel.
“It’s a part of the game,” Poulin said in the press conference after BU’s 6-3 loss to Minnesota (41-0-0) Sunday night in Minneapolis.
What is not always part of the game, however, is a return to the ice, or, in Poulin’s case, having a huge impact on the game once you get out there.

From the FreeP: Women’s hockey loses championship bout 6-3 despite mentally strong showing

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – After situating themselves in a room full of reporters after the NCAA title game on Sunday, Boston University women’s hockey captains Marie-Philip Poulin and Jill Cardella let their emotions show. With her face red, Poulin dabbed at her eyes and took a deep breath. Cardella, who just played her last game in a Terrier uniform, bit her bottom lip.

For the second time in three years, these two players were on the losing end of a national championship game.

This time around, the loss came to an undefeated University of Minnesota — the first women’s hockey team in NCAA history to go undefeated in a season.

“I guess today you saw a record-breaking team play another great hockey game,” said BU coach Brian Durocher. “I tip my cap to them.”

After three periods of trying to fight back into a game they never led, BU (28-6-3, 18-2-1 Hockey East) fell to the Gophers (41-0-0) 6-3 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.


Live blog: BU women’s hockey plays undefeated Minnesota for national championship

Time/location: 4 p.m., Ridder Arena (Minneapolis)

BU lines: 
Sarah Lefort — Marie-Philip Poulin — Jenelle Kohanchuk
Louise Warren — Isabel Menard — Kayla Tutino
Rebecca Russo — Jill Cardella — Jordan Juron
Sarah Bayersdorfer — Shannon Mahoney — Dakota Woodworth

Shannon Stoneburgh — Shannon Doyle
Kaleigh Fratkin — Kathryn Miller
Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga — Caroline Campbell

Kerrin Sperry
Alissa Fromkin

Minnesota lines:
Bethany Brausen — Sarah Davis — Meghan Lorence
Maryanne Menefee — Hannah Brandt — Amanda Kessel
Becky Kortum — Kelly Terry — Rachael Bona
Sam Downey — Katie Frischmann — Brook Garzone

Baylee Gillanders — Megan Bozek
Lee Stecklein — Rachel Ramsey
Milica McMillen — Mira Jalosuo

Noora Räty
Amanda Leveille
Shyler Sletta

Live blog:

Early goal propels Terriers to national championship game

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

MINNEAPOLIS — When junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin heads to the faceoff circle, chances are she will win possession for her team. In fact, out of all the players on the No. 2 Boston University women’s hockey team’s roster with consistent faceoff experience, Poulin leads the team with a success rate of 64.1 percent.

What isn’t likely is BU (28-5-3) taking the opening faceoff win and converting it into a goal within seconds.

Nonetheless, the Terriers did just that Friday night as they defeated Mercyhurst University, 4-1, to advance to the NCAA title game on Sunday.

“It breaks the ice. It gets you relaxed,” said BU coach Brian Durocher of the early goal. “I’ve always said if you get one goal [your opponent needs] three before you’re really in the panic mode. So to get that jump makes a big, big difference in this game.”

That jump came just 13 seconds into the game. After Poulin won the faceoff, the Terriers skated toward the Lakers’ net. Poulin then connected with senior forward Jenelle Kohanchuk, who put the puck by Mercyhurst netminder Stephanie Ciampa for the extremely early lead.

What seemed like a fluke goal, however, turned into a theme as the Terriers came out strong at the start of each period, slowly developing a dependable lead over Mercyhurst (29-7-1).

“I think it was all about our team chemistry,” said junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry, who blocked 26 shots. “First, you know, getting [Kohanchuk] out there scoring the first goal, we all get pumped up. That was a great start.”

After holding the score to 1-0 for the duration of the first period, the Terriers gave themselves an extra cushion exactly one minute into the second, when senior forward Isabel Menard and junior forward Louise Warren teamed up to create a 2-on-1 down the right side of the ice.

Menard then wristed a shot by Ciampa, once again halting any momentum the Lakers might have had entering the period.

Just over halfway through the second frame, Mercyhurst suddenly found itself with an opportunity to inch its way back into the contest when sophomore defenseman Shannon Stoneburgh earned a five-minute major for grabbing the facemask of one of the Lakers’ players during a scrum.

What looked like a Mercyhurst opportunity, however, quickly turned into a demonstration of BU’s ability on the penalty kill, as the Terriers not only killed off the penalty, but also forced the Lakers to take a penalty of their own.

Once again, neither team could find the back of the net after BU’s early scoring. That is, until the third period when Kohanchuk made a pass to senior defenseman Kathryn Miller right in front of the crease three minutes into the frame.

Earlier in the contest, Miller had a goal waved off after officials determined that she hit the puck with a high stick. This time, however, the shot counted and gave BU the three-goal lead that it needed to close out the game.

“Miller doesn’t score tons of goals, 20 goals a season,” Sperry said. “She got down there and scored a goal and that pumps everyone up, and I think that allowed us to close the game out on the scoreboard, obviously. And then also, internally for our team, I think that really got us going.”

Seven minutes later, BU jumped out of its early-period scoring habit when a breakaway by Poulin gave the Terriers a 4-0 advantage.

Mercyhurst finally found the back of the net with fewer than two minutes left in the game, but, at that point, the team’s fate was already decided.

With the win, the Terriers advance to the NCAA championship game for the second time in three seasons. This time around they will face the undefeated University of Minnesota, who made it to the final round after an overtime win over Boston College earlier Friday.

BU, like every other team who has played the Gophers in the past few weeks, knows that Minnesota has yet to lose a game this season. For Durocher, this means that the team just needs to keep its calm as they have tried to do all season.

“Whatever shows up Sunday, we have to react to it. We have to keep our composure,” Durocher said. “The biggest thing is to be excited, but have it be channeled energy.”