Boston University used a quick strike at the start of each period to defeat Mercyhurst 4-1 in Friday night’s second NCAA women’s hockey semifinal at Ridder Arena, setting up a championship showdown Sunday against the Gophers.
The Terriers might not have a 48-game winning streak, like Minnesota’s, but BU has won 10 in a row and seems to be peaking at the right time.
Senior forward Jenelle Kohanchuk scored 13 seconds into the game, immediately putting Mercyhurst (29-7-1) on its heels.
“We obviously got the good fortune of having one find the top corner to start the game, a real good shot, and that certainly loosened us up a little bit,” Terriers coach Brian Durocher said.
The Terriers had another goal disallowed in the first period, but Isabel Menard made it 2-0 one minute into the second.
Early in the third period, Kathryn Miller scored to make it 3-0, and that was more than enough for Terriers junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry, who finished with 27 saves.
BU’s top scorer, junior forward Marie-Philip Poulin, assisted on the first goal and scored her 18th goal of the season to make it 4-0. As an 18-year-old, she scored both goals when Team Canada defeated Team USA 2-0 for the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics.
BU (28-5-3) advanced to its second NCAA title game. The Terriers lost to Wisconsin 4-1 for the 2011 championship. No team outside of the WCHA has won it all since the NCAA started crowning a champion in 2001.
The Gophers, who are seeking their fourth title, haven’t played Boston University since 2007, when Minnesota defeated the Terriers 4-2.
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|Cincinnati||12/28/14 7:30 PM|
|Minnesota||91||4th Qtr 3:30|
|Philadelphia||44||2nd Qtr 2:00|
|Phoenix||59||2nd Qtr 0:00|
|NC State||34||4th Qtr 12:00|
|Cincinnati||12/27/14 12:00 PM|
|(15) Arizona State||12/27/14 1:10 PM|
|Miami-Florida||12/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Boston College||12/27/14 3:30 PM|
|(25) Nebraska||12/27/14 7:00 PM|
|Texas A&M||12/29/14 1:00 PM|
|Oklahoma||12/29/14 4:30 PM|
|Arkansas||12/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Notre Dame||12/30/14 2:00 PM|
|(13) Georgia||12/30/14 5:45 PM|
|Maryland||12/30/14 9:00 PM|
|(9) Ole Miss||12/31/14 11:30 AM|
|(21) Boise State||12/31/14 3:00 PM|
|(8) Miss State||12/31/14 7:00 PM|
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|(19) Auburn||1/1/15 11:00 AM|
|(7) Michigan State||1/1/15 11:30 AM|
|(16) Missouri||1/1/15 12:00 PM|
|(2) Florida State||1/1/15 4:00 PM|
|(5) Ohio State||1/1/15 7:30 PM|
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|(11) Kansas State||1/2/15 5:45 PM|
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|Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois||6 pm||X||42-20|
|Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St.||2:30 pm||X||35-24|
|Sep 13 - at TCU||3 pm||X||30-7|
|Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St.||3 p.m.||X||24-7|
|Sep 27 - at Michigan||2:30 pm||X||30-14|
|Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern||11 am||X||24-17|
|Oct 18 - vs. Purdue||11 am||X||39-38|
|Oct 25 - at Illinois||11 am||X||28-24|
|Nov 8 - vs. Iowa||11 am||X||51-14|
|Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State||11 am||X||31-24|
|Nov 22 - at Nebraska||11 am||X||28-24|
|Nov 29 - at Wisconsin||2:30 pm||X||34-24|
|Jan 1 - vs. Missouri||noon|