Fontaine gets tying assist, OT winner against UConn


Brian Bae, courtesy Red and Black

Sophomore defender Skylar Fontaine lets fly with a shot during a prior game against Clarkson in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Mike Puzzanghera, sports editor

Sophomore defender Skylar Fontaine stole the show late for Northeastern, assisting on the tying goal as the clock wound down in regulation before scoring the winner in overtime. She gave NU an unlikely comeback win over UConn, 2-1 on the road.

The Huskies and Huskies sized each other up for the third time this season, with both previous matchups won by Northeastern. NU won 5-2 at home Jan. 18 before finishing the home-and-home sweep in Storrs, Connecticut by a score of 4-1 the next day.

UConn struck first in this one, taking the lead in the first period off a goal from forward Catherine Crawley. Crawley managed to avoid a few NU defenders before taking a shot on the left wing. The flew past Aerin Frankel in net for Northeastern and give UConn the lead as the period wound down.

As time ticked down for Northeastern, its attempts piled up. They launched shot after shot at UConn goalkeeper Megan Fisher, but they were not able to find the junior’s net. UConn also managed to kill off two NU power plays as they looked to seal a shutout victory.

But the shutout would not last, as freshman forward Chloe Aurard stepped up to even the score late in the third. Aurard took a pass from Fontaine on the right wing as the Huskies broke out on the rush. Aurard had time and space to line up a slapshot, and she rifled the puck past Fisher to level the game at 1-1 at 18:24 of the final period.

At the end of regulation, Fisher had racked up 27 saves for UConn, stopping almost everything Northeastern threw at her. The late goal from Aurard gave the Huskies momentum, however,  and they started the overtime period on the strong foot.

It was Fontaine who got the winning goal for NU as they pushed in overtime. Freshman forward Alina Mueller had the puck out on the left wing and saw Fontaine in a good position in front of the net. Mueller fired a pass across the ice, and Fontaine ripped a one-timer past Fisher from point-blank range to win it for Northeastern.

The goal was NU’s third overtime winner this season, following freshman forward Mia Brown’s goal against Boston College Nov. 27 and sophomore defender Brooke Hobson’s winner against Vermont Jan. 25.

It was heartbreak for UConn as the final goal went in, as they had defended strongly all game. Fisher finished the night with 30 saves as the tough-luck loser.

Fontaine wrapped up an impressive week for herself with a goal and an assist on the night. The defender was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after two strong performances against Vermont.

Northeastern extended its win streak to five games. They will look to keep that momentum going into the first round of the Beanpot on Tuesday, where they will take on local rival Boston University at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center.