Dutchwomen lose momentum: BU proves why they’re ranked #9

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By Ben Gurlitz

Any momentum that the Dutchwomen had gained from their close loss against Northeastern last weekend seemed to disappear as #9 Boston University strolled into Messa Rink and walked out winners by a convincing margin.

The game was in its infancy when the Terriers struck first blood.  Just over a minute into the period, Marie-Philip Poulin, who has had a phenomenal freshman season so far, opened up the scoring.  That lead was doubled 13 minutes later when Tara Watcharn scored a short-handed goal. Poulin picked up the assist, her second point of the night.

Union could have no complaints going into the first intermission down by two goals, as they were out-shot in the first period fourteen to zero.  However, the Dutchwomen came out for the second period determined to show that they would not go quietly.

Their pressure was rewarded when Marissa Gentile ‘11 struck just a minute and half into the second frame to cut the visitors’ lead in half.  The Dutchwomen were pressing for a good amount of time before a penalty killed their momentum.

Boston University made no mistake in converting on the power play to double their lead.  Ten minutes later, it was Poulin again setting up Jenna Kohanchuck to make it a 3-1 game.  Union would respond two minutes later through Nicole Bartlett ‘13, who scored a lovely unassisted goal.

But, it was the Terriers who would have the last word of the second period as Jenn Wakefield scored to add some insurance to the Terriers’ lead.

It was Wakefield again in the third who would ultimately put the game to bed, when she scored a power play goal 13 minutes into the final frame.

For the Dutchwomen, who faced one of their tougher opponents this season, the game can be viewed as something to build upon. For the Terriers it was business as usual as they proved why they were ranked ninth in the country.

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