Women’s hockey sweeps home-and-home at UNH


File photo by Brian Bae

NU works to kill a penalty in a game against Colgate last season.

George Barker, deputy sports editor

Northeastern women’s hockey narrowly defeated the University of New Hampshire Saturday in New Hampshire, picking up a 1-0 victory to extend their current win streak to five games. 

During said streak, NU (10-1-0) has allowed just two goals, as the defense and goaltending of junior Aerin Frankel has proven to be nearly impenetrable. Since Oct. 12, the Huskies have allowed just five goals over eight games. 

Instead of Frankel looking unbeatable between the pipes Saturday, it was freshman Gwyneth Philips. NU head coach Dave Flint said in preseason that he expected Philips to contribute this season, and she did not disappoint in her first career start, earning her first win and shutout in the process by turning away all 20 shots the Wildcats (6-7-2) took. 

In a game of milestones, Flint earned his 300th career win as a head coach, 212 of which coming at Northeastern and another 88 tacked on during his tenure at Saint Anselm. Flint’s newest accolade comes just a day after cementing himself as NU’s winningest women’s hockey coach in program history.

In a quiet game, as scoring goes, the only goal came from freshman forward Katy Knoll, who scored her second of the season with just 30 seconds remaining in the first stanza. A nice odd-man scoring chance came out of slick passing between Knoll, sophomore forward Alina Mueller and junior defender Skylar Fontaine, and Knoll finished it off in the slot. Mueller and Fontaine both earned assists, giving them three- and four-game point streaks respectively. 

A soaring Boston College (10-1-1) squad is next on the agenda for the Huskies, who will hope to bring their win streak to a season-high six games at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Chestnut Hill.