With a NCAA tournament berth on the line, Boston University senior Jenn Wakefield was not willing to let her college hockey career end.
Wakefield single handily accounted for the two goals that gave the third seeded Terriers their second Hockey East Championship as a Division 1 program on Sunday. The Terriers edged Providence College, 2-1, in double overtime.
Providence struck first, with a Laura Veharanta goal at the midpoint of the first period to give the Friars a lead they would keep for most of the game.
Desperate to keep their season alive, the Terriers pulled goaltender Kerrin Sperry and added an extra attacker as the third period ticked down. Terrier center Marie-Philip Poulin shot the puck on Friars goalie Genevieve Lacasse, who stopped it. Wakefield scooped up the rebound to score the tying tally with a mere eight seconds left in the third, sending the game into overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime, Wakefield and Poulin connected again only two minutes into the second extra frame. Poulin snagged the puck away from a Friar in the Terrier zone, then skated down ice and curved around the Friar net. Poulin shoveled the puck towards the Terriers she saw skating towards the zone, and Wakefield snapped it up and shot on the left side of Lacasse to score the winning goal.
Lacasse made a stellar 48 saves in the game, and was named the tournament’s most outstanding goaltender. Wakefield, with five goals and two assists in the tournament, was named the tournament most valuable player.
Boston University will advance to the NCAA Tournament, where they will travel to Cornell University on Saturday for a quarterfinal match-up. Boston College also made the tournament as the fourth overall seed, hosting St. Lawrence on Saturday.