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Women’s hockey: BU ousts Clarkson from NCAA tourney

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BOSTON — The Boston University women’s hockey team had a scoring burst in the third period and held on to defeat Clarkson, 5-3, in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon.

The third-seeded Terriers (27-5-3 overall) had a 2-1 lead heading into the third period and then scored two goals just 26 seconds apart to open a 4-1 lead on the Golden Knights.

Sarah Lafort scored the first goal on a shot that deflected off a Clarkson skate at 9 minutes, 22 seconds of the third period.

Louise Warren then scored again at 9:48 to give the Terriers a three-goal edge.

Clarkson co-coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers called a timeout after the fourth goal and the Golden Knights (28-10) responded by scoring just 12 seconds later on a shot from Christine Lambert to cut the lead to 4-2.

“I’m extremely proud of the way the girls played throughout the entire game,” Matt Desrosiers said. “Obviously it’s tough going down 4-1 against a team like that and not fold the tent. I thought our girls did a great job after we called that timeout. I’m really proud of the effort they put forth today.”

Clarkson’s comeback continued at 15:20 of the third period with a goal from Shannon MacAulay that cut BU’s lead to 4-3. Heading into Saturday’s game, the Terriers had given up only 15 third-period goals in 34 games.

The Golden Knights had a chance to tie the game when Lafort was called for checking at 16:42 of the third, but Clarkson was unable to get the equalizer.

Clarkson goalie Erica Howe was pulled for an extra attacker late and Lafort ended the Golden Knights’ chances with an empty-net goal with 59.5 seconds remaining.

“I thought it was a great hockey game with an unbelievable amount of intensity,” Boston University coach Brian Durocher said.

“Clarkson is a big-body team and they play somewhat a conservative style, but you wouldn’t know it today with almost 40 shots on net,” Durocher added.

Before the third period, it was a low-scoring game.

BU took a 1-0 lead just 4:49 into the game off a goal from Marie-Philip Poulin.

Clarkson came out inspired at the start of the second period and controlled play, tying the game 1-1 when Erin Ambrose put in a rebound at 1:44.

But the Golden Knights were unable to get a second goal while firing several shots at BU goalie Kerrin Sperry, and the Terriers took the lead for good on a shot from Jenelle Kohanchuk at 17:09 of the second period.

“(Clarkson) played very well,” Poulin said. “As the game was going we tried to get some more shots and get some rebounds. That’s what happened in the third.”

Clarkson loses only senior forward Danielle Skirrow and senior defenseman Hailey Wood to graduation, though Ambrose, a freshman, may miss next season if chosen to play for Canada’s Olympic team.

“This is a good stepping stone for us,” Desrosiers said. “The girls can learn from this, build on it and hopefully we’ll be here for next year.”

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