On International Women’s Day it’s only right that we shine a light on the Northeastern University women’s hockey team that just won their 4th consecutive Hockey East Championship on Saturday night. That’s right, 4 in a fucking row. The 8 seniors on this team have never lost a Hockey East playoff game in their collegiate careers. Let that sink in for a moment. Never lost a game. That’s a fucking dynasty in any sport at any level.
This year’s squad split their first 2 games of the year with Boston College and then never looked back. They posted a season record of 20-1-1 and a win streak of 16 including the playoffs. These beauties haven’t lost since mid December and ran that all the way to the championship. Talk about a wagon, this team outscored their opponents 89-14; for those of you mathematically challenged types, that’s a goal differential of +75 for the season. Oh, you want more stats? The power play clicked at 23.5% for the season, and not to be outdone: they also chipped in 6 shorties on the PK.
The goaltenders were otherworldly. Look at these stat lines:
Senior goalie Aerin Frankel is an absolute wall. To list her accomplishments (so far) could be an entire blog on it’s own, but I will say that she’s 15-0-0 in her postseason career, not a big deal…. Please spend some time looking at what this legend has accomplished:
The championship game was a complete team effort and the Huskies had jump all night. Lucky #13 Katie Cipra got it going for the Huskies in the first and they never looked back. Tessa Ward and Maureen Murphy both scored in the 2nd, with Murphy’s goal coming on the power play. Ward’s goal was a shot from the point that went off the pipe and then off the goalie and …. then…. slowly….. crossed the goal line to make the score 2-0 for NU. After a PC goal, Murphy went shelf over the glove with a sweet one-timer from the bumper position and it was all over except for the clock.
Molly Griffin scored to open the 3rd period as the freshman scored her first Hockey East playoff goal. Coming into the PC zone she drove the defense and skated left and shot right to put the Huskies back up by 2. Micaela Sindoris with the dagger 4 minutes later as she walked from behind the net and sniped high short side to put the game out of reach. Sindoris with the prettiest goal of the night and one that the PC goalie is still looking for. Sklyar Fontaine closed out the scoring with an empty netter in the closing minutes.
NU was in control the entire game and had no issues setting up their cycle game in the PC end. They outshot the Friars 47-31 and had the game comfortably in hand from the opening face. This team is one for the ages and it was a dominant performance by an outstanding squad that was recognized with some hardware after the final horn: Frankel, Fontaine, Chloe Aurard and Alina Mueller were all awarded the Hockey East All-Tournament Team with Frankel also bringing home the MVP. I told you, an absolute wagon.
Up next for Northeastern is the NCAA tournament in Erie, PA where the Huskies are coming in as the #1 seed in an 8 team bracket. The tourney gets going March 15th and 16th with the Frozen Four playing on March 18th and 20th.
Congratulations to the #HowlinHuskies and good luck in the tourney!