Northeastern Sweeps Quarterfinal Series With 6-2 Win Over Providence
Senior forward Kendall Coyne posts hat trick and assist for Huskies

Senior forward Kendall Coyne had a hat trick and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 5:31  NOE1-0 PP Kendall Coyne (47)Denisa Křížová/36, Heather Mottau/16
2nd 15:55  NOE2-0 EV McKenna Brand (10)Paige Savage/17
3rd 3:50  PRV1-2 EV Kendra Goodrich (1)Brooke Boquist/10
3rd 10:27  NOE3-1 EV GW Denisa Křížová (20)Kendall Coyne/33, Maddie Hartman/12
3rd 11:16  NOE4-1 EV Shelby Herrington (13)Heather Mottau/17
3rd 15:33  PRV2-4 PP EA Kate Friesen (7)Cassidy Carels/20, Lexi Romanchuk/13
3rd 17:11  NOE5-2 EV EN Kendall Coyne (48) -
3rd 18:15  NOE6-2 SH EN Kendall Coyne (49)Denisa Křížová/37, Heather Mottau/18
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Providence  0022
Northeastern  0246
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Providence  491326
Northeastern  15131442
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Providence (10-24-2)  1/6 10/20 0
Northeastern (28-7-1)  1/7 9/18 1
Providence Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Madison Myers (L, 9-14-2)58:474 15111036
Empty Net1:132     
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brittany Bugalski (W, 20-6-1)59:532 491124
Empty Net0:070     

BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Kendall Coyne netted her 12th career hat trick as part of a four-point day as the No. 6 Northeastern women's hockey team (28-7-1) completed the quarterfinal sweep of Providence (10-24-2) with a 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena.

Sophomore Denisa Krizova chipped in a goal and two assists, while junior Heather Mottau dished out three helpers as the Huskies set a new single-season program record with their 28th win of the season.

With the opening goal, Coyne broke Vicky Sunohara's single-season program record with her 79th point of the year, before adding three more points to finish the day with an NCAA-best 49 goals and 82 points.

Freshman Brittany Bugalski turned aside 24 shots to improve to 20-6-1 on the season. Bugalski is the first NU netminder since Chloe Desjardins (21-9-2) in 2012-13 to win 20 games in a season.

With the win, the Huskies advanced to the WHEA semifinals for the sixth consecutive season. NU's opponent is still to be determined.

Goal Recaps

- After a scoreless first period, the Huskies opened the scoring 5:31 into the second stanza on a 4-on-3 power-play goal by Coyne. After exchanging passes with Mottau, Krizova fired a shot through traffic that was stopped by PC netminder Madison Myers (36 saves). The rebound popped out to the top of the crease for Coyne, who buried the puck inside the left post to make 1-0 Northeastern.

- The Huskies doubled the lead at 15:55 of the second period following a brilliant play by redshirt junior Paige Savage. With the puck in the NU zone, Savage stripped the disc away from a PC defenseman and raced up the ice with sophomore McKenna Brand on a 2-on-1. Savage waited for the defender to go down, before sliding a tape-to-tape pass across the crease for Brand to fire home.

- Providence cut the lead to 2-1 at 3:50 of the third period when Brooke Boquist won a draw back to Kendra Goodrich for a blast from the left point that sailed into the upper right corner of the cage.

- Krizova pushed the lead back to two at 10:27 of the frame when she tipped home a Coyne centering pass at the left of the net.

- Just 51 seconds later, sophomore Shelby Herrington took a feed from Mottau and unleashed a laser beam over the glove of Myers from the top of the left circle to make it 4-1 Huskies.

- Providence again answered when Kate Friesen fired a one-timer into the back of the net on the power play at 15:33 to make it 4-2.

- Coyne then salted the game away with a pair of empty-net goals to complete the hat trick. The first came at 17:11 after the senior picked off a pass in the NU zone and fired the puck the length of the ice to make it 5-2. The second came 1:04 later when Krizova chipped the puck over two PC defensemen, allowing Coyne to race down the ice and fire the disc home with 1:45 to play.

Stats of the Game

- Northeastern set a new single-season program record with its 28th win of the year. The previous record of 27 wins was held by both the 1996-97 and 2001-02 squads.

- The Huskies advanced to their sixth consecutive WHEA semifinal round. NU advanced to the championship game in both 2011 and 2013.

- Coyne posted four points to break the program record for most points in a season, previously held by Vicky Sunohara, who racked up 78 points in just 25 games in 1988-89.

- Coyne notched her 12th career hat trick and 13th career four-point game.

- Bugalski won her 20th game of the year with 24 saves.

- Mottau posted her third career three-assist game.

- With her 10th goal of the season, Brand became the sixth Husky to hit double digits in goals this season, joining Coyne (49), Krizova (20), Hayley Scamurra (14), Herrington (13) and Savage (11).

Up Next

The Huskies will head to the WHEA semifinals on March 5 in North Andover, Massachusetts. NU's opponent and game time are still to be determined.