NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Junior Nikki Petrich scored once and added an
assist and junior Sarah Belliveau recorded her first career shutout as the
NU women's hockey team defeated Niagara, 3-0, at Dwyer Arena in Niagara
University, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon.
In earning their first road victory of the 2006-07 season, the Huskies
received goals from three different players. Sophomore defenseman Erin Reil
scored the team's first goal with 1:05 remaining in the first period, when
the two teams were playing four-on-four. Assists on the game-winning tally
went to freshmen Ginny Berg and Chelsey Jones, who leads the team with five
The two teams continued to battle throughout the second and third periods,
but neither team could get on the board for most of that time. Late in the
third period, however, the Huskies struck for two goals that put the game
away. Petrich scored her third goal of the season at 17:47 of the third
period while the Huskies were on the power play, giving her team a two-goal
lead. With 36 seconds remaining, sophomore Cassie Sperry added an empty-net
tally to account for the final score.
In net for the Huskies, Belliveau made 22 saves in earning her second
victory of the season and her first career shutout. The 22 shots allowed is
a season-low for the Huskies, whose last shutout also came against the
Purple Eagles on Feb. 25, 2006. For Niagara, Allison Rutledge took the loss
after giving up two goals on 27 shots.
Northeastern will look for its first winning streak of the 2006-07 season
tomorrow at 2 p.m. when the Huskies and Purple Eagles play the second game
of their weekend series at Dwyer Arena in Niagara University, N.Y.