As the No. 6/7 Boston University women’s hockey team skated to a tie with the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday, junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin had two assists in what would become a historic night for both her and the Terriers (11–3–3, 6–2–1 Hockey East).
As senior defenseman Kathryn Miller tallied her first goal of the season, tying the game just a minute and a half after the Bulldogs had taken the lead, Poulin earned her 100th career point. Unlike any other Terrier before her, Poulin took just 58 games to reach the milestone, making her the fastest person to reach 100 points in the program’s history.
“It’s great for her, and it’s another accomplishment that she has in her great hockey resume,” said BU coach Brian Durocher after the game. “I’m sure she deflects some of the credit to [senior forward Jenelle Kohanchuk] and [freshman forward] Sarah Lefort and her teammates here, but we all know she’s an outstanding player that helped us [Saturday] night to get a tie there in the first game of the series.”
The Beauceville, Quebec, native could have reached this point even earlier in her career. However, several injuries over the course of her first two years with BU have sidelined her for extended periods of time. So far this season, Poulin has scored nine goals, which has her tied for second on the team, and she also has 19 assists. Poulin’s totals make her second in point scoring in the Hockey East conference.
After a week where she gave up only two goals in the span of two games that went into overtime, junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry earned the title of Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Over the weekend, Sperry stood in net for both ties against Duluth, giving up just two goals in the first game, and holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the second game. The shutout was her second of the semester, and the game featured Sperry tying a season-high record of 38 saves during the game.
“We needed Kerrin to make every one of the 38 or 39 saves she made [on Sunday] and she was spot on strong,” Durocher said after Sunday’s game.
After this past weekend, Sperry lowered her goals-against average to 2.30 and bolstered her save percentage, pushing it up to .916. Furthermore, the North Reading native will finish the first semester with a record of 10–2–3 and will have earned wins over three of the top-five teams in the country.
Sperry has earned this honor from the conference two other times this season, taking home the title on Oct. 22 and Nov. 19.
Take a Break
After playing 17 games in the past two and a half months, BU will take off for winter break, as the Terriers do not play another game until after the New Year.
The team will head into the break on a six-game undefeated streak.
When BU returns to the ice on Jan. 8, it will face off against the University of Connecticut for the first of three meetings this season before it heads into a weekend series in Orono, Maine, against the University of Maine.
The game against UConn (2–14–2) will serve as the first time the two teams have met since the end of the regular season last year, when BU completed a series sweep of the Huskies. In the final weekend before the Hockey East Tournament, the Terriers took a home-and-home series from UConn, taking the first game in a 3–2 overtime duel before winning a 2–1 decision at Walter Brown Arena.