No. 7 Northeastern advances to Hockey East semifinals with 7-2 win over UMass

Photo courtesy Maddie Meyer, Getty Images
Photo courtesy Maddie Meyer, Getty Images

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – For the second time in three seasons, the No. 7 Northeastern University men’s hockey team is on to the TD Garden for the Hockey East semifinals.

While Friday’s Hockey East quarterfinals Game 1 against UMass was a nail-biter until the bitter end, the Huskies scored early and often and never looked back en route to a 7-2 win in Game 2 of the series on Saturday in front of 2,538 fans at Matthews Arena.

The victory gives Northeastern (23-8-5) a program record 14 home wins on the 2017-2018 campaign. It is also gives Jim Madigan’s squad a season-long seven-game winning streak.

Freshman goalie Cayden Primeau got the start in net, making 28 saves on the evening. Ryan Wischow made 14 saves in net for UMass (17-20-2) and Brad Arvanitis stopped seven shots in the third period in relief.

Jeremy Davies got the scoring going early for the Huskies, potting his sixth goal of the season less than four minutes into the opening frame. The sophomore defenseman received a pass from Biagio Lerario at the point and danced around a defender before beating Wischow five-hole.

With just 31 seconds remaining in the first, Nolan Stevens scored his first of two on the night after Lincoln Griffin sent him a pass from behind the net that the senior captain jammed past Wischow.

The Huskies piled on four more goals in the second period, courtesy of Adam Gaudette, Dylan Sikura, Brandon Hawkins and Stevens. Gaudette’s goal was number 30 on the season, making him the 11th player in team history to reach the milestone.

UMass forward Niko Rufo and Lincoln Griffon traded goals in the opening ten minutes of the third period and Minutemen junior Brett Boeing scored the final goal of the game with 3:10 remaining.

The Huskies will take on Providence in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday night at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. Josh Brown, Joe Barbito and Christian Skroce will have complete coverage, with pregame beginning at 7:45 p.m.


Sikura leads No. 7 Northeastern past UMass in Game 1 of Hockey East quarterfinals

Photo courtesy of
Photo courtesy of

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – Who else but Dylan Sikura?

With Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals knotted up at two midway through the third period, the senior assistant captain received an Adam Gaudette pass in the high slot and ripped a wrist shot past UMass goalie Ryan Wischow.

Ball game.

The late tally proved to be the winner, as the No. 7 Northeastern men’s hockey team beat UMass, 3-2, in front of 1,919 fans at Matthews Arena on Friday night.  The victory gives Northeastern a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for the Huskies (22-8-5), making 29 saves on the evening. Wischow stopped 28 pucks on the other end of the ice for UMass (17-19-2).

After a tight-checking, clean first period produced zero pucks in the back of the net, the Huskies scored two on a five-minute power play midway through the second period. UMass freshman forward Jake Gaudet received the game misconduct for crushing defenseman Garrett Cecere behind the net.

Nolan Stevens scored first at the 8:51 mark of the period when he tipped home a Jeremy Davies (two assists) shot from the point. Exactly four minutes later, with just 16 seconds remaining on the power play, Sikura netted his first of the night on a one-time feed from Davies at the left dot.

UMass cut the deficit to one just 22 seconds later when Austin Albrecht fired a shot from above the left circle that beat Primeau glove side.  The Minutemen carried that momentum into the third and tied the game just under three minutes into the period on Brett Boeing’s second goal of the year.

Although UMass controlled the tempo for the rest of the period, Sikura scored his 19th of the season at  the 13:48 mark to put the Huskies in front for good.

Northeastern will look to punch its ticket to the Hockey East semifinals when they take on UMass in Game 2 of the series on Saturday night at Matthews Arena. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame coverage getting underway at 6:45 p.m.


“I can’t think of a tougher one.”: Northeastern falls to Charleston in CAA Championship

(Image Credit: GoNU)
(Image Credit: GoNU)

by Matthew MacCormack

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The emotion in Bill Coen’s voice was evident.

Coen — the 2017-18 CAA Coach of the Year — is usually a stoic soul, but something extra seeped into his voice as he sat at the podium in the North Charleston Coliseum after Northeastern’s 83-76 overtime loss to Charleston in the CAA Championship.

“I can’t think of a tougher one,” Coen said of the loss.

“I thought we had our chances. Just lost our composure a little bit in a couple of key moments, had some inopportune turnovers and missed free throws that kept the door open just long enough for Charleston to make a run.”

The Huskies led by as many as 17 points in the second half, but Charleston stormed back — led by senior guard Joe Chealey’s 32 points and his perfect 16-16 clip from the charity stripe — to secure the win and earn their first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1999. Redshirt junior Vasa Pusica tallied a team-high 30 points on 6-10 shooting from three, but the Huskies made too many mistakes down the stretch, including coughing up 20 turnovers.

Chealey missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer, with the sides tied at 65. The Cougars outscored NU 18-11 in the extra frame, spurred by two huge threes from junior Marquise Pointer (9 points) who had hit just one field goal in regulation.

Charleston (26-7) receives the Colonial Athletic Association’s automatic bid to the Big Dance with the victory.

Northeastern (23-10) was denied a bid after reaching the tournament back in 2014. The Huskies are a strong candidate to receive a bid to a postseason invitational tournament, such as the NIT or CBI.

Northeastern led, 65-60, with 40 seconds left in regulation after a block from sophomore Shawn Occeus and an ensuing pair of free throws from redshirt sophomore Donnell Gresham. On the next possession, Chealey drew a foul on a three-point attempt, and hit all three free throws to pull the Cougars within two points.

Pusica was called for a travel on the next play, giving Charleston the ball with 18 seconds left in regulation. It only took Chealey eight seconds to tie the game, 65-65, with a layup in the lane.

Northeastern had a chance to take a lead with 10 seconds left, but Gresham dribbled the ball out of bounds on the ensuing possession. Chealey’s buzzer-beater rimmed out, forcing overtime.

The Cougars took the lead right away in overtime on a bucket from sophomore Jarrell Brantley (18 points, 11 rebounds). Pointer’s two threes and a jumper from senior Cam Johnson put Charleston up 75-69. Northeastern got it to within three on a triple from sophomore Bo Brace, but the Cougars scored the last four points of the half on free throws to seal the deal.

Sophomore Grant Riller added 20 points for C of C. Occeus (18 pts), Boursiquot (12 pts, 5 rebs) and Gresham (8 pts, 12 rebs) all made contributions for NU.

Coen had high praise for his team, which was projected by the media to finish 6th in the CAA Preseason Media Poll.

“This group is such a likable group,” Coen lamented after the game.

“A couple times during the game I thought we had it pretty well in hand and were playing good basketball. It’s not like you came to a championship game and didn’t play your best. Charleston just played a little better.”

PREGAME PRIMER: Huskies face No. 1 seed Charleston with tourney bid at stake


by Matthew MacCormack and Justin Littman


It’s the matchup everyone wanted to see.

The North Charleston Coliseum will play host to Tuesday night’s Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship, with the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Top-seeded Charleston (25-7) takes on the No. 2 seed Northeastern Huskies (23-9) in a battle of conference co-regular season champs.

It’s sure to be a more exciting matchup than the team’s previous two meetings this season — both Charleston victories. The Huskies are playing with a different swagger since their last loss to C of C — a 69-64 defeat back on February 1st at Matthews Arena in Boston. Since then, the Black and Red have rattled off nine straight victories, good enough for the sixth longest winning streak in the nation.

Charleston has the type of dynamic star power you look for in a conference champ. Head coach Earl Grant can turn to savvy scorers in All-CAA First Team guards Joe Chealey and Grant Riller, as well as All-CAA Second-Team forward Jarrell Brantley, a do-it-all post presence.

Northeastern brings a balanced, defensive-oriented attack, spearheaded by the CAA Player of the Year runner up in point guard Vasa Pusica and CAA Defensive Player of the Year Shawn Occeus. Bill Coen, the CAA Coach of the Year, has gotten the most out of a deep group.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Click here to listen to WRBB’s pre-game coverage live from the Coliseum, beginning at 6:30.

WRBB’s pre-game primer has all you need to know about Tuesday’s winner-take-all matchup:

How Northeastern Got Here

You don’t have to look any further than the CAA’s Preseason Media Poll to realize how low expectations were set for the Huskies this year.

Northeastern was projected to finish 6th in the conference, and no NU player made a preseason All-CAA team. Three major factors allowed the Huskies to exceed expectations:

  • The redshirt junior Pusica — a transfer from University of San Diego — exploded onto the scene, giving the Huskies a go-to, crunch-time scorer (17.6 ppg) and unselfish distributor (5.1 apg)
  • Occeus, a sophomore, grew into a lock-down perimeter defender, leading a defense that limits opponents to 29.5% from three –third best in the nation.
  • Coen settled on an eight-man rotation that gives the Huskies incredible depth. A bench unit led by CAA Sixth Man of the Year sophomore Bo Brace provides diverse skills.

The Huskies had two blow-out victories over 7th-seeded Delaware (74-50) and 6-seed UNCW (79-52) to get to the championship round.

How Charleston Got Here

(Image Credit: Sports Chat Place)
(Image Credit: Sports Chat Place)

The Cougars were the CAA favorite from the beginning of the season. After losing to UNCW in the title game last year, Charleston returned their top three players in Chealey (the CAA Preseason Player of the Year), Brantley and Riller.

Chealey, a senior, is a classic scoring point guard. He averages 18 points per contest, thanks in large part to his ability to get to the line — his 7.16 free throw attempts per game ranks 25th in the nation.

Junior forward Brantley (16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg) missed almost the entire non-conference slate, but he’s been a beast in CAA play. He’s surprisingly agile at 6’7, 250 pounds, and brings a versatile offensive skillset alongside an ability to guard multiple positions on defense.

The X-Factor, though, may be the sophomore guard Riller. He’s gone bonkers since the last time these two teams played, averaging 26.4 points per game on 64% shooting from the field and 55% from three over his last nine games.

The Cougars scraped by No. 8 seed Drexel (66-59) and No. 4 seed William & Mary (83-73) to move on to the final.

Three Keys to the Game

Occeus vs. Riller

It’s the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year (Occeus) against the hottest scorer in the league (Riller).

So far in the tournament, Occeus has locked up the CAA Freshman of the Year in Delaware’s Ryan Allen ( 5 pts, 1-10 shooting) and UNCW’s Jordon Talley (6 pts, 2-12 shooting), who was coming off a career-high 37 in the Seahawks’ quarterfinal victory over Hofstra.

Riller’s averaged 21 points over two games in the tournament, shooting 42% from three.

This is gonna be fun.

The Turnover Battle

The Cougars have the best turnover margin in the CAA. They won’t force many turnovers, but they do an outstanding job taking care of the ball. Only Virginia and Michigan have fewer turnovers per game on the year. The Cougars are 18-1 in games where they win or tie the turnover battle, including an 11-0 mark against CAA foes.

Charleston won the turnover battle in each of their previous victories over Northeastern. While the Huskies have thrived on forcing turnovers throughout the season, taking care of the ball has been their Achilles’ heel. They have more turnovers per game than any other CAA team, and have a negative turnover differential despite the great defense. The Huskies have not lost the turnover battle in four games, and will need to keep the momentum going tonight.

Crunch-Time Scoring

Charleston has the experience and talent to thrive when the defense tightens up at the end close games. The last time these teams met, the Cougars used a 5-0 run with just over two minutes remaining to break a tie and seal the victory. Joe Chealey has been the go-to guy for Charleston, and the senior will likely have the ball in his hands once again down the stretch. Northeastern has Vasa Pusica, who has proven to be plenty capable at the end of close games. The Huskies will rely on Pusica, and perhaps the shooters around him, to execute in crunch-time.

LISTEN: Huskies win 9th straight, advance to CAA Championship

(Image Credit: GoNU)
(Image Credit: GoNU)

by Michael Petillo

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — After their first two meetings of the year needed overtime to decide a winner, many expected a close contest when Northeastern and UNCW met for a third time in the semi-finals of the CAA tournament on Saturday night in the North Charleston Coliseum.

This time around, however, it was a different story as the Huskies used a pair of huge runs to down UNCW 79-52 and extend their winning streak to nine while taking the next step towards a potential NCAA tournament bid.

They’ll face Charleston tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with the CAA tournament title and a trip to the big dance on the line.  Coverage begins at 6:30.

“We’ve been talking about defense and rebounding in our meetings and our preparation a lot,” said Northeastern Head Coach Bill Coen.

“I thought tonight we answered the bell.”

First team all-CAA point guard Vasa Pusica turned in yet another stellar performance with 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead NU, but it was the contributions from the supporting cast that allowed Northeastern to run away with the game in the second half.

Sophomore Shawn Occeus made several big plays on offense in the second half to finish with 18 points in addition to showcasing his trademark defense with a block and a pair of steals. He was also integral in slowing down Seahawks’ guard Jordon Talley who scored only 6 points after hanging 37 on Hofstra in their quarterfinal game last night.

“People are starting see why [Occeus] was the Defensive Player of the Year,” Coen said.

“We need that type of effort and I think it sets the tone for us. Everything just fell into place in the second half.”

Occeus said that Talley’s record-tying game the night before — his 37 tied the record for most points in a CAA tournament game — gave him added motivation.

“Anytime you see a person you’re gonna match up against the night before go off, it juices you up a little bit,” Occeus said.

On the interior, big men Anthony Green and Tomas Murphy did well to limit UNCW forward Devontae Cacok and the team as a whole did an excellent job on the glass.  The Seahawks finished the season as the best rebounding team in the CAA, mainly thanks to Cacok, and Northeastern managed to out-rebound them 44-41.

The Huskies are now just one game away from claiming an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. All that stands in their way is No. 1 seed Charleston.

“Coach talks about staying in the moment,” Occeus said after the win.

“We know tomorrow’s a big game but right now we just want to focus on the bad things we did tonight and the good things we did tonight to improve, and go into tomorrow night and have the best game of our season.”

Huskies Take Care of Business, Advance with a 74-50 Victory over Delaware

(Image Credit: GoNU)(Image Credit: GoNU)

by Justin Littman

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Northeastern Huskies entered North Charleston with lofty goals of a CAA Championship. They took the first step in accomplishing that goal tonight. The Huskies led almost the entire game, and burst onto the scene in the second half to coast to a 74-50 win over 7th seeded Delaware. The Blue Hens, who defeated Elon in the first round 86-79, struggled to shoot throughout the game, shooting just 36% from the field. The Huskies continued to show off their world class perimeter defense, and only allowed Delaware to make one three pointer on the night.

The Huskies started the game with a bang. An alley-oop from Green to Pusica, and a Boursiquot rim-rattler on the next possession put the Huskies up 4-2. Though Delaware didn’t go away easily, the Huskies never looked back. Boursiquot’s high energy rallied Northeastern early, and he scored 13 points in the first half to tie a season high. He finished the game with 17.

“[Max] came out and set the tone early, Anthony Green gave us a great effort and Vasa does what he does — he drives the bus”, remarked Coach Bill Coen after the game. For Coen, it was the 200th victory of his career.

He was also tasked with guarding Delaware’s leading scorer Ryan Daly. Daly was a tough cover throughout the night, and finished the game with 23 points. Northeastern accepted that Daly would get his points, and instead focused on shutting down the rest of Delaware’s offense. Eric Carter was the only other Delaware player to reach double figures. Second-leading scorer Ryan Allen was held in check, and finished with only five points. It was the first game without a three pointer in Allen’s career.

Though Northeastern was in control, their lead was only five at the half. The bench, which didn’t score in the first half, provided the Huskies with a 24 point punch in the second. Bolden Brace led the charge, scoring all 13 of his points in the second half. He came off the bench and scored five straight to put the Huskies up 17, with under 14 minutes remaining.

“He’s 6th Man of the year for a reason…At halftime I told him to just keep shooting, and that’s what he does. He made some shots”, remarked teammate Vasa Pusica after the game.

Pusica continued to set the tone for this team. He ended a four minute scoring drought in the first half, and seemingly provided Northeastern with exactly what they needed throughout the game. In his first CAA Tournament appearance, he nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds.

Up next for the Huskies will be a semifinal matchup at 8:30pm against either #3 Hofstra or #6 UNCW. The Huskies split the season series with Hofstra, and won both games in overtime against UNCW.

Northeastern women’s hockey wins first Hockey East title in program history with 2-1 win over UConn

Screen Shot 2018-03-04 at 5.30.53 PM
Photo courtesy Jim Pierce, Northeastern Athletics

By: Joe Barbito

BOSTON – For the first time in program history, the Northeastern women’s ice hockey team has won the Hockey East Championship with a 2-1 win over seventh-seeded Connecticut.

The game opened with Denisa Krizova creating a two-on-one up ice as she forced the puck off Emily Ried’s stick, sliding a pass across the slot to McKenna Brand, who then lifted a back hander over the shoulder of Annie Belanger. With her assist on that goal, Krizova earned her 24th career Hockey East playoff point, tying Marie-Philip Poulin of Boston University for most in conference history.

Not even a minute later, Natalie Snodgrass went to work in the Northeastern (19-16-3) end of the ice. She battled off Maddie Hartman below the goal line and ripped a pass to Morgan Wabick, who then rifled it past Aerin Frankel at the 1:20 mark of the first period. That would end up being the only goal Frankel allowed as she tallied 30 total saves in the game.

With two minutes left to go in the first period, Tori Sullivan won an offensive zone draw for Northeastern and slipped the puck back into open ice. McKenna Brand skated up to it and sniped a shot past Belanger for her second of the game. It would prove to be the game-winning goal as neither team would score in the following two periods.

Northeastern became the second four-seed ever to win the Hockey East Tournament, and will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, and the first since 2016.

In addition to taking home the Bertagna Trophy, four Huskies were named to the All-Tournament Team: goaltender Aerin Frankel, defenseman Lauren Kelly, and forwards McKenna Brand and Denisa Krizova. Defenseman Kayla Mee and forward Natalie Snodgrass were UConn’s representatives on the All-Tournament Team.

Aerin Frankel won Tournament MVP honors. Against Maine, she mad 24 total saves including 15 in the third period alone. The freshman had 30 against the Huskies today. Frankel is the first freshman to win MVP honors since 2006.

Northeastern will learn where they are headed for the NCAA tournament at 9 p.m. tonight.


Huskies seek ticket to Big Dance at CAA Tournament

The Northeastern Huskies, who finished the season as co-CAA champs, are set to do battle in the CAA Tournament in North Charleston, South Carolina this week.
(Image Credit: GoNU)

Two-seeded Northeastern will battle No. 7 Delaware in the quarterfinal of the CAA Tournament championship at 6:00 p.m on Sunday in the North Charleston Coliseum. Listen to WRBB’s coverage here.

by Matthew MacCormack


“I think it says we’re a championship team.”

There was no hesitation – not even a hedging quiver – in Vasa Pusica’s voice. Northeastern’s All-CAA First Team point guard was calm, moments after sinking a buzzer-beating layup to lift the Huskies to a 69-67 victory over conference foe William & Mary in mid-February.

“We’ve won way too many close games like this,” Pusica continued.

“I think that’s a good characteristic of a championship team.”


The word seemed to hang in the air of the Matthews Arena media room.

Well, “media room” is a generous term; a black curtain is pulled over a backdrop of bench presses and dumbells – a tiny fitness center tucked away somewhere in the maze-like hallways of 100-year-old Matthews Arena.

It isn’t pretty, but it gets the job done. And in a way, that’s how you could describe this version of the Northeastern Huskies.

The Huskies finished the season 21-9 overall, notching the highest winning percentage in the 12-year tenure of head coach Bill Coen. NU’s 14-4 record in the Colonial Athletic Association earned the Huskies a share of their third CAA regular season title in the past six years. The Huskies claimed a No. 2 seed, and are set to battle No. 7 Delaware– which defeated No. 10 Elon in a play-in game on Saturday – in Sunday’s quarterfinal of the CAA Championship tournament.

All this for a team picked to finish 6th in the conference in the preseason media poll.

The preliminary CAA bracket. (Image Credit: CAA)
The preliminary CAA bracket. (Image Credit: CAA)

It’s no wonder Coen was crowned with his first ever Coach of the Year designation on Friday afternoon. He took a roster of question marks and turned it into a team that played relentless defense and unselfish offense. Coen deserves plenty of credit for the team’s success, but it wouldn’t be crazy to say that there’s been a little magic at play for the 2017-18 Husky hoopers.

No one can blame the preseason pollsters for their pessimism. Reigning CAA Player of the Year T.J. Williams graduated alongside second-leading scorer Alex Murphy. Towson clobbered NU, 82-54, in the quartefinals of last March’s CAA Tournament to end a sub-.500 campaign. An unproven roster featuring just one senior – guard Devon Begley – and eight underclassmen was left to pick up the pieces.

And pick up the pieces they did.

The magic starts and ends with Pusica – a redshirt junior transfer from University of San Diego by way of Serbia. He’s a heady, clutch floor general whose per-game averages of 17.6 points and 5.0 assists with a 51/42/81 slash line hardly tell the story of his impact. The Huskies needed a playmaker with Williams’ graduation, and they got Vasa: a catalyst that makes his teammates better every time he touches the floor.

Next comes defense, led by sophomore wing Shawn Occeus, the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Occues is the team’s second-leading scorer with 10.4 points per game, but his impact is most felt on the other side of the floor.

The Boyton Beach, Florida native spearheads a feisty perimeter defense that limited opponents to 30.1% from three – seventh best in the nation. At 6’4, he led the CAA in steals per game (2.0) and notched six conference games with four thefts or more. Occeus locks up the primary option in a switch-heavy defensive scheme.

The Huskies’ depth is unmatched in the CAA. Redshirt sophomore guard Donnell Gresham (9.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg) started most of his freshman year before missing almost all of his second season with a hand injury. His shooting – 45.3% from three – spaces the floor.

Sophomore forward Max Boursiquot is an undersized four at 6’5, but he’s a versatile defender who plays the role of garbage collector – and that’s meant in a positive way. He’s joined in the big man rotation with 6’10, 250 pound junior center Anthony Green and All-CAA Rookie Team selection Tomas Murphy (the brother of Alex).

The bigs have diverse skillsets. Boursiquot can defend wings or bigs, allowing the Huskies to play smaller lineups. Green’s numbers (6.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg) aren’t gaudy, but he’s a presence down low. The 6’8 Murphy battles freshman inconsistency, but his 38 combined points in two overtime victories over UNCW show his offensive firepower.

Murphy is one segment of a three-headed bench mob that features Begley and sophomore forward Bo Brace, who took home the conference’s first-ever Sixth Man of the Year Award on Friday.

Coen lauds both players – who entered the year as starters – for their commitment to their bench roles. After a 2-4 start that featured four consecutive losses in the PK80 Invitational in November, Coen plugged Occeus and Gresham into the starting lineup.

Some players would have pouted, but Brace and Begley performed. Begley (6.8 ppg) – a CAA All-Defensive selection in 2017 – provides leadership and a defensive spark.

Brace (8 ppg) was most known for his scoring after dropping 40 points in last year’s win at Elon. This year, he’s transformed into a 6’6 utility knife, pacing the team with 4.9 rebounds for contest while shooting 40% from three and sliding up to guard power forwards and centers in smaller lineups.

Nearly every Husky has sacrificed this year. Three freshmen – Derrick Cook, Myles Franklin and Jason Strong – have barely seen the floor. Junior forward Jeremy Miller – who started for most of his freshman and sophomore seasons – is the Huskies’ most enthusiastic bench hype-man despite falling out of the rotation mid-season.

Miller’s bench energy will be needed this week, as the Huskies look to win three games in three days in the CAA tournament.

The conference is rich on parity but low on clarity. Top-seeded Charleston sports three players – guards Joe Chealey and Grant Riller and forward Jarrell Brantley – on either the All-CAA First or Second teams. No. 3 Hofstra has the conference Player of the Year in Justin Wright-Foreman. Fourth-seeded William & Mary sports one of the nation’s top offenses, and last year’s assassin Towson still lurks in the bracket.

But while the other CAA squads have talent, the Huskies have the best TEAM.

Players win games in November, but teams win championships in March. If the Huskies cut down the nets in the North Charleston Coliseum on Tuesday night, claiming an automatic bid to their second NCAA tournament appearance in four years, it’ll be a testament to their starters, to their bench and their coach.


It takes a team, and the Huskies are just three games away.

Northeastern women’s hockey punches ticket to Hockey East title game with 2-1 win over No. 10 Maine

Photo courtesy Jim Pierce, Northeastern Athletics
Photo courtesy Jim Pierce, Northeastern Athletics

By: Joe Barbito

BOSTON – The Northeastern women’s ice hockey team punched its ticket to the Hockey East Finals with a 2-1 victory over the No. 10 Maine Black Bears on Saturday at Matthews Arena.

Scoring opened just over three minutes into the game, when Tereza Vanisova dangled past Sky Fontaine – whose stick broke in the process – and created a two-on-one with linemate Daria Tereshkina. Vanisova dished a pass through the slot to Tereshkina who was able to tap it home past Aerin Frankel (24 saves).

The rest of the first period was pretty stagnant, with both teams trading penalties in the second half of the first frame.

After a late penalty kill for the Huskies (18-16-5), Veronika Pettey was sprung from the box and found the puck in the neutral zone. She sped past a Maine defender and was able to get a quick shot on goal, beating Carly Jackson for her tenth of the season.

The second period featured four power plays, including three for the Black Bears, but neither team was able to capitalize through the middle 20 minutes. A few chances were traded, including a few pucks off posts and crossbars, but neither team was able to find the back of the net.

It took five minutes into the third period for Northeastern to score the game winning goal. Denisa Krizova and McKenna Brand skated hard into the Maine zone, and Brand was able to put a shot off of Jackson’s pads. Hartman swooped in and found the loose puck to the left of Jackson and buried it home.

Maine played a ferocious third period, generating a total of 15 shots on goal, and nearly tied the game several times. Hartman ended up spending the final minute and 39 seconds in the penalty box for slashing, but Aerin Frankel was up to the task.

After today’s 2-1 victory, the Huskies have earned the right to play UConn tomorrow in the Hockey East Championship game. WRBB will have complete coverage, with puck drop set for 1:30 p.m.