By: Justin Littman
BOSTON, MA –After a dramatic finish Friday night, Northeastern was able to handle Vermont in a much easier fashion on Saturday in a 5-1 victory. Northeastern was led by Veronika Pettey, who scored three goals and helped the Huskies win their fourth game in a row.
Northeastern controlled the game for a majority of the first period, and Andrea Renner was able to find the back of the net at the 8:31 mark to get Northeastern on the board. The Huskies held Vermont to just three shots in the first period, but a five-minute major and game misconduct by Tori Sullivan at the end of the period presented an opportunity for the Catamounts.
Vermont was unable to score during the powerplay that ended in the second period, but a few minutes later Taylor Flaherty was able to score to tie the game up. Vermont’s momentum was short lived, as Northeastern was able to go on the powerplay just 16 seconds after the goal. Andrea Renner scored her second goal of the game moments after the powerplay elapsed, and Veronika Pettey found the back of the net two more times in the period to put the Huskies up by three after the two.
The game was all but settled by the time the third period came around. Northeastern’s penalty kill was able to stop another powerplay, and Pettey was able to find the back of the net for a hat trick. Aerin Frankel finished the game with 17 saves, and Northeastern was able to get 36 shots on goal in this game. Next up for the Huskies is a road game against UConn, who currently sits sixth in the Hockey East standings.