Late comeback secures women’s hockey a win over BU, 2-1


Brian Bae

Junior goaltender Aerin Frankel and graduated defender Maddie Hartman greet each other on the ice in a match against Holy Cross last season.

Jordan Baron, sports editor

The Huskies began the weekend series against Boston University on a high note Friday evening, as they took down the Terriers in comeback fashion, 2-1.

The Huskies (6-1) looked to rebound after they took their first loss of the season last week against Providence. The Terriers (5-2-1), on the other hand, sought to continue their four-game win streak and improve their record, especially after a rough start to the season that saw a tie and a loss in their first three games.

The first period saw little offensive development. Both teams took turns trading possession of the puck down the ice, as junior goaltenders Corinne Schroeder (BU) and Aerin Frankel (NU) showcased their impressive talent and saved any and all shots that came their way. Frankel herself amassed nine saves in the opening 20 minutes.

The Terriers turned on the burners in the second period. After the Huskies failed to convert on a power-play opportunity three minutes in, the Terriers had a shot to one-up their crosstown rivals. Junior forward Katie Cipra was called for high sticking, giving BU a two-minute advantage just over five minutes into the second. Seconds later, freshman forward Julia Nearis scored on a shot from the center slot on an assist from senior defender Abby Cook, giving the Terriers a 1-0 lead.

The second had its bright sides for the Huskies as well, however. Although no more scoring occured for the remaining 15, NU outshot the Terriers 28 to 10, an impressive 18 shot margin. The saving grace for BU happened to be Schroeder, the October Hockey East goaltender of the month. She had 35 total saves in the match and a .946 save percentage.

The offensive fire that began to build in the second period spilled over in the third for the Huskies. BU sophomore forward Courtney Correia was called for a hooking penalty late in the second, and the Husky power play carried over to start the third. NU took advantage of this, and just 52 seconds in, junior defender Brooke Hobson took a shot from the point past various BU defenders to tie the game at 1-1. Sophomore forward Alina Mueller picked up an assist on the goal, which was Hobson’s second of the season.

Later, with 10 minutes to play, sophomore forward Mia Brown met a rebound off a Kate Holmes shot and, in one motion, swept the puck into the right side of the goal to give the Huskies the lead 2-1. Holmes, a freshman forward, picked up an assist on the play.

A late-game offensive push by the Terriers in the final seconds of the game proved unsuccessful, and the Huskies ran away with their sixth win of the season on the weekend series opener. Frankel continued her anchorage in the goal, putting up a .957 percentage on 22 saves.

The Huskies will look to sweep the weekend slate against BU tomorrow afternoon, this time at home in Matthews Arena.