Boston University women’s hockey goalie Kerrin Sperry of North Reading has finally learned to tone down her emotions.
And that, says BU coach Brian Durocher, may be the key to her terrific play thus far this year.
Sperry, a senior and starter since her freshman year, has always had the skills to be an excellent collegiate goalie, and she has the record and statistics to prove it. It’s also why Durocher recruited her out of Lawrence Academy.
“I saw her first at a U.S. national camp at St. Cloud (Minn.) and she not only kept the puck out of the net, but she looked good doing it,” said Durocher, a former goalie and co-catain of the BU men’s team. “She was a little undersized (5-foot-6), but I could see that she’s a super competitor, quick, very athletic and very determined.”
All of that led to Sperry starting as a freshman and leading the league with a terrific league-leading 1.60 goals-against average while compiling a sparkling 21-4-3 record as the Terriers advanced to the Frozen Four. The numbers were a bit misleading, however.
“I think that (stats) was more a reflection of the team in front of me,” said Sperry. “I didn’t have as many shots taken and when there was a rebound or puck right in front, it was cleared right away.”
With a massive change in personnel, Sperry struggled a bit as a sophomore, posting a 19-14-1 record but, by the end of the year, she turned the corner in an area that has since made her one of the best goalies in the country.
“I started learning to keep my composure and that’s really important for a goalie,” said Sperry. “Especially with young goalies, there’s a lot of pressure, and it took me a good two years to hold back when things didn’t go my way, when a teammate made a bad pass, was out of position or maybe the puck went off their skate.