Women’s Preview: UVM @ #10 BU

Three months and a couple days ago, the Terriers came to Gutterson as the #9 team in the country. The Cats dispatched them with a thrilling 3-2 win. Now, the Terriers are ranked again, and they host a Catamount team that’s given them problems throughout the last few years.

BU is 12-8-2 overall, but a mediocre 7-7-1 in Hockey East, tied with UVM and UNH for third with 15 points (the Catamounts have three games in hand on both). But this is a team that’s given top teams headaches, as they’ve beaten BC and Minnesota earlier in the year.

In goal, it’s been a tandem, though Victoria Hanson has both seen more work and performed better than Erin O’Neil. In 14 games, Hanson has a .930 SV%, while O’Neil has a .899 in 8 games. It should be Hanson in goal this weekend at Walter Brown Arena.

BU’s defense is very inexperienced, with only 3 players who were on last year’s team, but that hasn’t stopped them from actually being slightly better than last season in the goals against department by about .2 goals per game. They can also contribute offensively, but not a whole lot – four defenders have at least five points, but none has more than 10. They also do give up a lot of shots, at around 31 per game.

Offense is where BU shines. Mary Parker has been terrific this year, as the grad student has posted 27 points so far, and Victoria Bach is on pace to slightly better her output from last season with 26 points. Samantha Sutherland started with 7 goals in her first 3 games, but has only scored 3 since, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that she is dangerous. They’re tied for sixth in the country in goals per game for a reason – they’ve got a lot of weapons. The matchup between this and UVM’s defense and goaltending will be fascinating.

Games are Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. BU streams free.

Go Cats.

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