|2nd||5:31||NOE||1-0||PP||Kendall Coyne (47)||Denisa Křížová/36, Heather Mottau/16|
|2nd||15:55||NOE||2-0||EV||McKenna Brand (10)||Paige Savage/17|
|3rd||3:50||PRV||1-2||EV||Kendra Goodrich (1)||Brooke Boquist/10|
|3rd||10:27||NOE||3-1||EV GW||Denisa Křížová (20)||Kendall Coyne/33, Maddie Hartman/12|
|3rd||11:16||NOE||4-1||EV||Shelby Herrington (13)||Heather Mottau/17|
|3rd||15:33||PRV||2-4||PP EA||Kate Friesen (7)||Cassidy Carels/20, Lexi Romanchuk/13|
|3rd||17:11||NOE||5-2||EV EN||Kendall Coyne (48)||-|
|3rd||18:15||NOE||6-2||SH EN||Kendall Coyne (49)||Denisa Křížová/37, Heather Mottau/18|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Madison Myers (L, 9-14-2)||58:47||4||15||11||10||36|
|Brittany Bugalski (W, 20-6-1)||59:53||2||4||9||11||24|
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.
- 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).
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.