Women’s hockey falls at Providence, ending unbeaten start


File photo by Brian Bae

Junior goalkeeper Aerin Frankel makes a save in a game last season against Colgate.

Mike Puzzanghera, editor-in-chief

Despite 33 shots on net, Northeastern women’s hockey failed to find the back of the net Friday night, losing 1-0 at Providence off a goal from PC’s Hayley Lunny. The loss was the Huskies’ first of the season.

NU (5-1-0) junior defender Skylar Fontaine had an early goal ruled out for offsides after review. Fontaine’s scuffed shot hit off the skate of a Providence (3-2-2) defender and crept between the legs of PC senior goalie Clare Minnerath. But the officials checked the tape — NU had at least one player offsides as senior forward Matti Hartman brought the puck into the PC zone — and ruled out the would-be opener.

That disallowed goal was the best chance of the period. NU’s Aerin Frankel saved six shots while Minnerath stopped nine.

PC opened the second period with a heavily disputed goal. Junior forward Lunny attacked the puck at Frankel’s near post, jabbing her stick in and knocking it past the keeper’s pad. Despite the referee’s whistle seemingly being blown to stop play before the puck crossed the line, the goal was granted after a review, giving Providence a 1-0 lead.

Northeastern added pressure in the final stages of the second period, totalling 10 shots. Minnerath was equal to all of them, bringing her total to 19.

The third period was more of the same from Northeastern — pressure on the net without registering any grade-A chances. The best chance of the period came from PC’s junior forward Maureen Murphy, who rifled a shot off the pipe as Providence looked to increase its lead. Despite 14 shots on frame from NU, Minnerath comfortably saved each on her way to the shutout win.

Minnerath ended with 33 saves, while Frankel stopped 19 of Providence’s 20 shots. Fontaine totalled nine shots on net, but failed to beat Minnerath (without an offside).

The Huskies will have a week of rest before travelling across Boston to face local rival Boston University (4-1-1).