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Sophomore forward Siena Falino scored the game-winning goal for the Huskies
BOSTON - Paced by goals from sophomore forwards Rachel Llanes and Siena Falino, the Huskies held off a late surge from Brown to win their second contest in a row, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
Northeastern (9-3-4, 2-2-3 WHEA) peppered Brown (2-6-2, 1-3-2 ECAC) goaltender Aubree Moore with 46 shots in the Huskies' third straight game with 40 shots or more. Junior goaltender Florence Schelling made 20 saves for her eighth win of the season.
The goaltenders kept clean sheets in the first period, with Schelling making a nifty glove save to rob Laurie Jolin of a goal.
Llanes opened the scoring for Northeastern at the 8:28 mark of the second stanza. Maggie DiMasi began with the puck behind her own net and fed it to Casey Pickett along the left half-wall in the Husky zone. Pickett slid the puck through center ice to Llanes, who streaked between two defenders and stuffed it past Moore for her sixth goal of the season.
It remained 1-0 until the 4:35 mark of the third period when Falino walked into the offensive end and ripped a shot from the right faceoff circle that trickled through Moore's pads and behind the goal line to give Northeastern a 2-0 advantage. Sonia St. Martin earned her first collegiate point with an assist on Falino's third goal of the season.
The Bears pulled Moore for an extra attacker and it paid off in the form of a Jolin goal at the 17:57 mark to make it a 2-1 game. Brown almost had the equalizer but after an official review the goal was disallowed and the Bears were unable to even the score after that.
Neither team spent much time in the penalty box, with the Huskies accumulating just six total penalty minutes while Brown earned just two penalty minutes.
Northeastern will look to win its third-straight contest when the Huskies travel to Durham, N.H. to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats on Wednesday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.