Aurard and Frankel power Huskies to shutout of BC


Brian Bae

Junior goaltender Aerin Frankel gloves a shot in a game last season versus Holy Cross.

Jordan Baron, sports editor

A battle atop the standings of the women’s Hockey East occurred Tuesday night, as the Northeastern Huskies prevailed over the Boston College Eagles, 3-0, in Chestnut Hill.

Junior goaltender Aerin Frankel picked up a 31-save shutout, including 15 saves in the second period alone, adding to her spectacular season thus far, while sophomore forward Chloe Aurard had a three-point performance.

The two powerhouse teams came into the night in a dead heat in the overall standings with NU at 10-1-0 and the Eagles at 10-1-1. With the Eagles’ second loss of the season, the Huskies inch closer to claiming the number one spot atop the conference standings. Boston College now holds a 9-2-1 record in Hockey East play, while NU currently sits at 8-1-0.

Sophomore forward Alina Mueller opened the scoring for the Huskies just over six minutes into the first. She picked up an Aurard pass in the middle of the rink and drove toward the net from the right side, faking out a defender before shooting the puck to the left of BC sophomore goaltender Maddy McArthur for her seventh goal of the season, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

A quiet second period was led by the locked net of Frankel, who had one of her most impressive saves of the season just under eight minutes into the frame when she gloved a high-speed shot out of midair from close range by BC sophomore forward Savannah Norcross.

Aurard was all over the third period. First, she picked off a BC pass and led a two-on-one into the opposing zone before slotting a pass to the middle to junior defender Skylar Fontaine, who fired into the top shelf to power the Huskies to a 2-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Aurard received a pass from Mueller that she drove into the upper half of the net for her first goal of the night, cementing her three-point performance and the game for the Huskies, 3-0.

Looking to continue their six-game win streak, the Huskies play a home series against Maine (5-5-2) this weekend at Matthews Arena.