By: Max Wolpoff
ORONO, MAINE — Trailing by one heading into the third period, Boston University needed someone to get going to secure a win at Maine. Adding to her first period tally, junior Victoria Bach scored twice in the third to lead the Terriers to a 5-3 win over the Black Bears.
“I thought we had three chapters,” head coach Brian Durocher said. “I thought we had a pretty good first period, second period I give it all to Maine because they won all the little physical battles and it really carried ten minutes into the third.”
Bach got the scoring started with a hard net drive at the end of the first frame. Mary Parker found her all alone in front of Carly Jackson for the tap-in goal, her eighth of the season.
“I got a nice pass in front, and I ended up being all alone,” Bach said.
The middle period saw numerous chances go both ways, but Alyson Matteau teed off from the point for her first of the season. Matteau’s goal tied the game at one on the power play, just the ninth team power play goal of the season.
“I thought we did a lot of good things, we just didn’t come out on the right end,” Maine head coach Richard Reichenbach said. “Defensively, we got some bad gaps and gave some really good players on BU some good offensive chances that cost us the game.”
Samanthat Sutherland would give BU the lead again when her shot snuck through the arm of Jackson. 36 seconds later, Brooke Stacey tied it back up when a rebound banked in off her skates. It would be reviewed for a kick-in, but the call on the ice stood for the good goal.
“I thought about it when I went to the bench, but my off foot hit it so I wouldn’t have been able to kick it,” Stacey said.
In the final minute, Tereza Vanisova put the Black Bears in the lead before the break. Kara Washer had her shot blocked, but Vanisova picked it up at put it high on Erin O’Neil.
O’Neil shut the door in the third, finishing the game with 26 saves. Jackson stopped 27, but allowed two late in the third.
After taking two penalties in the second, including one within the last three minutes, Maddie Elia was benched for the third period.
“We’ve had situtations that have been recurring here, and we want to make sure we’re responsible for our actions out there and not put our team in a tough situtation,” Durocher said.
Bach and Parker scored to grant the Terriers a lead they would not relinquish despite a late extra-woman attack from the Black Bears. Bach slid home the empty netter from the center ice logo with 1.2 left on the clock to complete the hat trick.
“30 minutes is way too long to be on your heels, we have to give credit to Maine,” Durocher said. “We’ve got to be a little more determined, a little bit stronger.”
Rebecca Leslie added on another assist for her team-leading ninth of the season. She is now one point away from 90 on her career. Bach, with her three goals, has 50 career goals and now is three away from 100 career points.
Breann Scarpaci, the seventh defender, got numerous shifts in the third period at critical junctures, including the penalty kill and matching up with the top line of Maine in the final few minutes.
“We’ve got to reward her,” Durocher said. “Those are growing situations for her and I’d say she passed the test.”
These teams will rematch once more tomorrow afternoon. The next time they meet will be the final game of the season in late February.