DESJARDINS, NORTHEASTERN SHUT OUT NEW HAMPSHIRE, 3-0
Junior goaltender Chloe Desjardins stops 31 shots for Huskies
BOSTON - The Northeastern women's ice hockey team (5-5-1, 2-2-1) received two goals from Katie MacSorley and 31 saves from Chloe Desjardins to pick up two points in the Hockey East standings on Sunday afternoon at Matthews Arena, 3-0.
Paige Savage also scored for the Huskies, who outshot the Wildcats 35-31 in the game and went 1-of-4 on the power play. UNH was 0-of-5 on the man advantage.
New Hampshire outshot the Huskies 13-8 in the first period, but was unable to solve Desjardins, who made several key stops for Northeastern throughout the opening frame. The junior netminder came up with a big glove save on Hannah Armstrong with 7:40 to play in the period before making another strong save on Jessica Hitchcock on a redirect moments later.
NU had a couple chances of its own late in the stanza when Savage stole the puck in the defensive zone before going coast-to-coast and firing a slapshot off the mask of Vaattovaara. MacSorley also had a chance during the first when she stickhandled through a defender, but lost control of the puck before she could toss a backhand on goal.
The duo would make up for it in the second period as both forwards notched goals during the frame. The first came 3:03 into the frame when MacSorley took a pass from Hayley Scamurra and threw a shot on goal from a tough angle that got under the pads of Vaattovaara for MacSorley's fifth goal of the season.
Northeastern went up by two just 1:25 after the goal when Savage potted her fourth of the season. Claire Santostefano began the play when she took a pass from Maggie Brennolt and sent a low shot on goal through traffic. Vaattovaara stopped the initial bid, but Savage was stationed in the right place to knock home the rebound.
MacSorley and Savage nearly connected again early in the third period when MacSorley sprinted down the left side in pursuit of a loose puck before hitting Savage with a pass in the slot for a one-timer that Vaattovaara got a pad on.
MacSorley would give the Huskies a commanding three-goal edge less than five minutes into the third when she pounded home her second of the game with the Huskies on the power play. After receiving a dish from Heather Mottau, Kelly Wallace made a quick touch pass to Scamurra in the slot. Scamurra's shot was saved by Vaattovaara, but MacSorley was there on the doorstep to send home the rebound.
The Huskies would hold a 17-8 edge in shots during the final 20 minutes, limiting New Hampshire's chances in the Husky zone. When the Wildcats did generate scoring bids, including two power play chances, Desjardins was there to turn them aside.
Northeastern will be off until next Sunday when the Huskies travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a date with Boston College at 7 p.m.