By: Max Wolpoff
43 seconds into the game, Boston University fell behind thanks to Laura Bowman’s quick strike. Five minutes later, Penn State Senior Emily Laurenzi again pierced the net for a 2-0 lead. The Nittany Lions skated away with the first game of this weekend series by a final score of 5-3.
The Terriers (2-1-0, 2-0-0 Hockey East) could not keep up with Penn State’s offensive onslaught in the first period. “I’m not sure we were 100% respecting our opponent and I’m pretty certain we had very little compete that first part of the game” head coach Brian Durocher said amid cheers from the Penn State locker room.
BU did not go quietly, however, as Sarah Lefort notched her first of the season on a loose puck in front of Nittany Lions goaltender Celine Whitlinger. Sophomore Victoria Bach scored the lone second period tally with an assist from Rebecca Leslie.
When the third period began, Sammy Davis replaced Kayla Tutino on the top line with Sarah Lefort and Maddie Elia. “We felt like everybody was a little bit stale” coach Durochr said of he switch. “Nothing that’s been done in the first two weeks is a given for the rest of the year.”
After controlling possession for the better part of the second period, BU gave up two goals less than eight minutes into the third period to Hannah Hoenshell and Christi Vetter. Victoria Hanson finished the game with 21 saves on 26 Penn State shots. Rebecca Russo added a late goal on a one-time shot from Victoria Bach’s behind-the-net pass. Rebecca Leslie added an assist on the Russo goal.
Tonight’s win marks the first of 2015-16 for the Nittany Lions, who now stand at 1-2-0 (0-0-0 CHA) and the first loss for the Terriers. “Tonight was a limited compete or definetly a zero compete in the first period” coach Durocher said.
Tomorrow, the Terriers will play the Nittany Lions again. Coach Durocher is not planning any major changes to the roster because “the kids that were out there are good enough hockey players to put in a better showing.”