by Matthew MacCormack

Make no mistake about it; the Northeastern women’s hockey team is a contender in Hockey East.

The No. 5 Huskies improved to 12-1-2 on Tuesday night at Matthews Arena, upending bitter rival No. 4 Boston College with a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory. Freshman forward Mia Brown scored her second career goal with 2:40 remaining in overtime, sending a centering pass from sophomore defender Brooke Hobson into the top right corner of the net for a sudden death victory.

Northeastern twice came back from deficits in the win — including an early 2-0 hole — to bring their unbeaten streak to 12 games. Sophomore goalie Aerin Frankel made 46 saves to keep the Huskies in the game.

“One thing that’s pretty special about this team is they’re resilient,” said head coach Dave Flint after the game.

“Teams past, down 2-0 after the first, I would’ve sensed we were in trouble. But I knew we were ok.”

The Huskies hadn’t won in any of their last eight matchups with BC at Matthews Arena. The Eagles have captured the Hockey East regular season title in each of the last four seasons.

BC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period, with goals from Savannah Norcross and Daryl Watts. Northeastern then thundered back with a three-goal third period — with two scores coming from freshman Alina Mueller, and a third tally by senior Kasidy Anderson.

The first half of the third period belonged to McKenna Newkirk, as the BC captain scored twice to put BC back in the lead, 4-3.

A gamble from Flint helped the Huskies get the equalizer with less than two minutes to go, as freshman Chloe Aurard — an extra skater after Flint pulled Frankel — cashed in to make it 4-4.

Brown’s golden goal in overtime was her second in as many games. Her first collegiate goal came in a 3-3 tie at Maine on Nov. 17.

“Winning after a comeback is the most beautiful win,” Mueller said after the game.

“We were screaming. It was just fun. It’s why we play hockey.”

The Huskies are back in action on Friday at Holy Cross.

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