by Joe Barbito
BOSTON, MA – The Huskies broke out the brooms as they completed the two-game sweep of the Catamounts on Saturday afternoon; Aerin Frankel recorded a 22-save shutout and senior forward Kasidy Anderson scored the lone Northeastern goal for her 100th career point.
A team effort pushed Northeastern over the finish line and onto Providence for a chance at repeating as Hockey East champions. The Huskies came out on top on the scoresheet and in terms of their quality of play in a tight contest that lasted until the final faceoff.
The lone goal of the afternoon came at 10:12 of the first period. Sophomore defender Anna Erickson committed a cross-checking minor but Northeastern owned possession of the puck, so play continued at 6-5 for roughly 90 seconds as the referee held his arm in the air. Vermont had multiple chances to regain possession of the puck, but ultimately Northeastern’s hustle helped them keep play alive far longer than anyone on Vermont could have anticipated. Junior defender Codie Cross tossed a shot towards the net from just inside the blue line – Anderson tipped it past freshman goaltender Blanka Skodova.
Neither team would find the back of the net the rest of the game. Late in the third Vermont managed to get the puck past sophomore goaltender Aerin Frankel, and as it rolled mere inches from crossing the goal line, freshman forward Alina Mueller swooped in and batted it out of the crease and to safety, keeping the score 1-0.
Northeastern will play the winner of the Providence/Merrimack series. At the time of this article, the winner has not yet been determined.