Women’s Hockey: Northeastern outscored 17-0 in back-to-back games

Women’s Hockey: Northeastern outscored 17-0 in back-to-back games

By Jewel Della Valle

The women’s hockey team solidified itself in the Northeastern record books for the second time this season last night.

The Huskies lost the Beanpot consolation game at the Conte Forum at Boston College to No. 6 Harvard, 8-0, and were previously massacred Saturday by the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 9-0. Over the two games, the Huskies were outscored 17-0, marking the widest margin they’ve been outscored in back-to-back games in NU women’s hockey history.

NU broke the old records set by the 1981-82 teams and 2000-01 teams. In January 1982, the Huskies lost 5-2 to Cornell and 12-0 in the next game to Providence. In January 2001, Northeastern dropped a 12-0 match-up to Minnesota-Duluth and then a 6-3 decision to Harvard.

The first record set by the Huskies this season was the one for consecutive losses, as they reached 10 after a 2-0 loss to Connecticut Jan. 28.

Harvard established dominance early in last night’s match-up, outshooting the Huskies 9-4 in the first period and scoring within the first three minutes of play.

Sophomore forward Sarah Wilson, who had two goals and two assists on the night, took a feed from sophomore forward Sarah Vaillancourt on a two-on-none breakaway to beat junior goaltender Sarah Belliveau. Vaillancourt scored the next goal at 9:23 in the first, and racked up five points on the game with another goal, her 27th of the year, and three assists.

Senior captain Julie Chu scored the third goal on a power play to give the Crimson a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission. She netted four assists on the night to total 42 for the season.

“Obviously it was a pretty tough game for us,” said head coach Laura Schuler. “We went into it, though, really excited and thought it was going to be a tremendous opportunity to play against a top team in the nation, and also play against not only some of the top players in the nation, but in the world.”

Hopes for a comeback only declined for the Huskies in the second, as the Crimson outshot them 18-5 in the second and tacked on three more goals to make it 6-0, one on a Harvard power play. Belliveau was pulled after the fifth goal, having made 14 saves, in favor of freshman Sydney Arbelbide.

The third period saw a couple of firsts for the Crimson, as two players, freshman defender Kathryn Farni and junior forward Brenna McLean, scored their first collegiate goals.

“We certainly are happy with the way our kids played today,” said Harvard head coach Katey Stone. “We brought a lot of energy to the rink [and] were anxious to get back on track.

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