BU Women’s Hockey Advances to Conference Final
By Pat O’Rourke
BU News Service
Marie-Philip Poulin scored three goals and assisted on another and the BU women’s hockey team advanced to the Hockey East championship game for the fifth time in the last six seasons with a 6-1 win over Northeastern in Saturday’s WHEA semifinal in Hyannis.
Poulin scored the game’s first two goals, opening the scoring at 15:15 of the first period before making it 2-0 at 5:08 of the second. The Terriers carried a 4-0 lead into the third period when Shannon Doyle and Maddie Elia scored in the final minute of the second.
The Huskies got on the board in the third, when Taytum Clairmont scored. That tally was sandwiched between Poulin’s third of the night and Natalie Flynn’s first goal of the season with 5:42 left in the game.
Victoria Hanson turned aside 15 of 16 shots in the win.
The Terriers will face Boston College on Sunday for the Hockey East title at 1:30 in Hyannis. The two teams account for the last five conference titles, and with the two teams facing off in this year’s title game, the streak is guaranteed to move to six. It’s the first time the arch-rivals have played each other in conference title game.
BU has won the last three Hockey East championships. A win Sunday will make them the second team to win it all four straight years, joining UNH, who pulled the feat from 2006-09.