|University of Maine||Northeastern|
BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a relentless push in the final minutes of the match by the Black Bears, Northeastern stood strong and outlasted the Maine women’s hockey team, 2-1, in the WHEA Semifinals at Matthews Arena on Saturday night.
The Black Bears hit the ice with the same intensity they used to close out the quarterfinals. Tereza Vanisova used her to speed to drive down the ice with two defensemen on her tail, reaching around both Huskies, she passed it across the front of the net to wide open Daria Tereshkina, who quickly flicked it up over the goal line. With barely three minutes of action at the Matthews Arena, Maine took the early 1-0 lead. Tereshkina earned her fifth goal of the season while Vanisova hit 30 helpers and Brittany Colton helped clear the puck out of Maine’s end to kick off scoring.
Just seconds after killing a penalty, Husky Andrea Renner looked to clear the puck out of their end for a couple extra seconds to reset themselves. It just so happened she placed it perfectly for Veronika Pettey to skate onto after emerging from the penalty box. Pettey raced alongside Maine defender, coming out ahead by a stride, she struck an angled shot from the right for her tenth goal of the season. Lauren Kelly earned an assist blocking a shot by Alyson Matteau which bounced off to Renner to start the play.
After a helpful save by the pipe, Carly Jackson displayed her incredible reaction time whipping around to stop a one-timer by Pettey firing back-to-back shots to preserve the tied score, 1-1, midway through the second frame. By the end of the period, the score remained untouched as Jackson tallied 20 saves with 20 minutes of regulation left to play.
With 14:33 remaining, Jackson was once again tested seeing a pair of rapid fire shots by McKenna Brand. Matteau stepped in front of the first one, then Jackson hugged her right post to deflect the shot, but it broke out to the left where Matti Hartman was patiently waiting. Jackson swiftly dove across the goal line to protect the left corner, but the puck was just out of reach as Hartman potted her 16th of the season to give Northeastern their first lead of the game, 2-1.
All fired up in the final minutes of the match, the Black Bears were relentless on the attack, rifling shot-after-shot at Frankel in between the pipes. Over the span of four minutes, Maine fired 11 shots on frame to close out the semifinal match with high intensity refusing to go down without a fight as Northeastern picked up the 2-1 win.
Net minder Jackson recorded 25 saves on the night while Frankel shut down 24 of her own. Matteau helped immensely on defense, racking up seven blocks as she jumped in front of shot-after-shot. The Black Bears closed out the season with an overall record of 19-14-5 (10-6-3 WHEA). The Huskies (18-16-3, 11-11-2 WHEA) will advance on to the Hockey East Championships tomorrow to face UConn.