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Jenn Wakefield knuckles down, delivers title for Terriers

HYANNIS - Jenn Wakefield demonstrated why she wears the “C’’ on her sweater.

The Boston University senior sent the Hockey East championship into overtime Sunday with a goal with 7.3 seconds left in regulation and then tallied the winner 2:15 into the second overtime, giving the ninth-ranked Terriers a 2-1 victory over Providence at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

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Providence’s Genevieve Lacasse had a shutout going through the first 59:52 and had not let up a goal in over 209 minutes of play when Wakefield got a bit of puck luck.

“It was certainly an epic battle and we were up against as honored an opponent as we could possibly be up against,’’ said BU coach Brian Durocher. “They made us find one that sort of had eyes and got tipped in late in the game.’’

Forward Marie-Philip Poulin slid a pass through traffic to Wakefield, who was waiting just outside the crease. The captain took a shot that deflected off defender Jennifer Friedman’s skate and between Lacasse’s pads.

“It came down to Pou and she just shot it off my stick, I didn’t even have to do anything,’’ Wakefield said. “I was just parked in front of the net, trying not to let Lacasse see anything because she was stopping everything she could see.’’

BU fired 15 shots in the first overtime period, 50 shots in the game, but Lacasse made some incredible saves to keep the game going.

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Finally, 2:15 into the second extra frame, Wakefield lit the lamp again.

Forward Isabel Menard’s shot from the blue line missed and Friedman and Wakefield raced for the rebound. Wakefield collected the puck and shot it just inside the right post.

“There was a bit of a struggle and I lifted a girl’s stick and spun around and shot it, just hoping for the best,’’ Wakefield said. “If it was going to be a good shot, Lacasse would have saved it. I was just trying to get it on the ice and maybe off her pad for a rebound.”

Wakefield earned tournament MVP honors. In addition to her two goals Sunday, Wakefield had a hat trick and an assist in the quarterfinal win over New Hampshire and an assist in Saturday’s win over Boston College.

Wakefield was on the ice for the final two shifts of regulation, determined to make something happen in what could have been her last game for the Terriers (23-13-1, 14-7-0).

“Big players are out there at big times,’’ Durocher said. “That’s when you have to summon up your courage.’’

Poulin (8 points in the tournament), Menard (6), and defenseman Kathryn Miller (5) joined Wakefield on the all-tournament team.

Defenseman Christie Jensen (4 points), and Lacasse (127 saves) represented Providence (16-17-4, 11-8-2) on the all-tournament squad.

Lacasse set a Hockey East record for saves in a tournament, passing Northeastern’s Florence Schelling, who made 101 last year.

“It took a deflection with seven seconds left, that’s how great she is,’’ said Providence coach Bob Deraney. “Her performance speaks for itself. She’s the reason why we’re here and why that game went into double overtime.’’

BU will take on Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., in Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinals.

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