No. 3 women’s hockey clinches Hockey East with 3-2 OT win over UConn

George Barker, sports editor

While No. 3 Northeastern women’s hockey unofficially locked up the Hockey East a long time ago, with their 3-2 overtime win over visiting UConn this afternoon, women’s hockey is now officially the Hockey East regular season champion and will be the No. 1 seed in their postseason. 

NU (23-3-1, 20-2-0 HEA) has dominated their opponents throughout the season, but UConn (14-12-1, 11-8-1 HEA) gave the home squad a good fight, scoring a last minute goal to force overtime. 

Sophomore center Alina Mueller was there for the home team, picking up two goals in the contest while assisting on senior defender Codie Cross’ game-winning goal in OT. Junior goalie Aerin Frankel excelled for the Huskies as well, picking up a remarkable 36 saves on 38 shots. 

NU was outshot by visiting UConn the game in terms of pucks on net, but that had more to do with UConn’s presence in the shooting lanes than it did with shot attempts. The visiting team was credited with an impressive 28 blocks in the contest, protecting UConn senior goaltender Morgan Fisher, who held her own with 30 saves. 

Mueller’s three-point outing gives her 10 points in the Huskies’ last three contests. She now has 100 career points in just 64 games. NU legend Kendall Coyne is the only women’s hockey player to reach triple digits quicker (59 games). 

Northeastern’s next game is a big one: the opening round of the Beanpot. NU faces Harvard at the Walter Brown Arena to kick off the 42nd women’s Beanpot at 5 p.m. this Tuesday.