Sports Update: Women’s hockey bounced from playoffs by BU

By Jared Sugerman, News Staff

First-year goaltender Florence Schelling stopped 35 shots, but she could not save Northeastern’s bid to win a playoff game. Boston University (18-10-7, 15-6-1 Hockey East) advanced to the semifinal round of the Hockey East Tournament after defeating the Huskies (12-20-3, 7-14-1 Hockey East), 2-1, at Walter Brown Arena on Saturday.

Rookie Jenelle Kohanchuk, the Terriers’ leading scorer during the regular season, scored the game-winning goal at 12:47 of the third period, breaking a 1-1 tie by lifting a backhander past Schelling. Northeastern’s netminder was forced to face Kohanchuck uncontested after the Boston University forward beat a Northeastern defender, who had attempted to poke the puck away, at the blueline.

The Terriers” Alyssa Wilcox, made 22 saves, surrendering a game-tying goal at 14:33 of the second period. After serving a two-minute penalty for interference at 12:16, sophomore defender Julia Marty skated away from the penalty box and stole the puck away from a Boston University blueliner in the neutral zone. Marty moved the puck to sophomore forward Kristi Kehoe, who fired a wrist shot toward Wilcox. Wilcox made the initial save, but the puck remained uncovered in the crease until senior forward Missy Elumba pushed it past the goal line to even the score.

The first period ended with the Terriers leading, 1-0, after senior forward Gina Kearns scored a power-play goal with 2:11 remaining.

Boston University will battle No. 6 Boston College (21-7-5, 14-5-2 Hockey East) in Durham, N.H. on March 7 for the right to play in the Hockey East Championship Game.

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