by Michael Petillo
The Northeastern women’s hockey team extended their winning streak to
four on Friday when they defeated Providence by a score of 2-0. The
Huskies found the back of the net once in the each of the first two
periods, with goals coming courtesy of Andrea Renner and Alina
Mueller. Veronika Pettey assisted on both goals, bringing her season
total to 12 points.
The real star of the night, however, was goaltender Aerin Frankel.
Frankel continued her excellent start to the season, posting a clean
sheet with 31 saves. She was instrumental in deterring several good
chances on a Providence power play in the 2nd period. The shutout was
Frankel’s third of the year.
Providence’s last chance to get back into the game came in the 3rd
period, when several penalties resulted in the Friars playing four on
three for over a minute of action. Junior wing Meaghan Rickard had a
chance at a tap in goal after a wild sequence but failed to make solid
contact with the puck. After that miss both sides got back to full
strength and the Husky defense tightened up, not allowing another
clean look for the rest of the night.
As a team NU won the faceoff battle 32-17 and survived five Providence
power plays. Much of their success on the penalty kill can be
credited to third line defender Codie Cross, who played big minutes
late in the 3rd period.
The Huskies return to action Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Matthews
Arena when they take on Boston University.