Northeastern Tops UConn, 5-3, To Sweep Weekend Series
Junior forward McKenna Brand has game-winning goal and assist for Northeastern

Junior forward McKenna Brand had the game-winning goal and an assist for Northeastern
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 13:32  NOE1-0 EV Shelby Herrington (3)Kasidy Anderson/5, Ainsley MacMillan/9
1st 19:53  CON1-1 PP Briana Colangelo (7)Justine Fredette/7, Kayla Mee/6
2nd 14:49  CON2-1 EV Leah Lum (14)Briana Colangelo/13, Kayla Mee/7
2nd 18:55  NOE2-2 EV Kasidy Anderson (7)Denisa Křížová/18
3rd 2:38  NOE3-2 EV Lauren Kelly (1)Halle Silva/6
3rd 12:10  CON3-3 EV Marisa Maccario (3)Kelly Harris/4, Rebecca Lindblad/3
3rd 17:27  NOE4-3 EV GW McKenna Brand (21)Denisa Křížová/19, Hayley Scamurra/18
3rd 17:53  NOE5-3 EV Denisa Křížová (16)Hayley Scamurra/19, McKenna Brand/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Connecticut  1113
Northeastern  1135
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Connecticut  971026
Northeastern  11111638
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Connecticut (11-12-3)  1/1 3/6 0
Northeastern (15-9-3)  0/3 1/2 0
Connecticut Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Annie Belanger (L, 8-10-3)59:025 10101333
Empty Net0:580     
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brittany Bugalski (W, 15-7-3)60:003 86923

BOSTON - Junior McKenna Brand broke a 3-3 tie with 2:33 remaining in the third period as the Northeastern women's hockey team (15-9-3, 11-7-2 WHEA) earned the regular season sweep over Connecticut (11-12-3, 6-9-1 WHEA) with a 5-3 victory on Saturday at Matthews Arena.

Brand notched her NCAA-leading 21st goal of the season off a pass from classmate Denisa Krizova, before returning the favor with an assist on Krizova's insurance goal just 28 seconds later. The deciding strike was Brand's fifth game-winning goal of the season, which is tied for the most in Hockey East and tied for the second-most in the NCAA.

Junior Shelby Herrington, sophomore Kasidy Anderson and junior Lauren Kelly also found the back of the net as NU extended its unbeaten streak against UConn to 21 straight games (18-0-3).

Goal Recaps

- Northeastern struck first at 13:32 of the first period when Herrington slammed home a rebound on the doorstep following a pair of saves by UConn netminder Annie Belanger (33 saves).

- Connecticut evened the score on the power play just over six minutes later when Briana Colangelo snuck a backhand inside the left post on a wrap-around with seven seconds remaining in the opening period.

- The visitors took their first lead of the game at 14:49 of the second period when Colangelo threw a pass across the crease for Leah Lum to fire home from point-blank range.

- NU bounced back to tie the score at 2-2 at 18:55 of the frame when Krizova teed up Anderson for a snipe from between the circles on the rush.

- The hosts pushed back ahead again at 2:38 of the third period when junior Halle Silva drove to the net along the left wing and centered for Kelly to fire home at the right of the cage.

- UConn responded to make it 3-3 at 12:10 of the final frame when Marisa Maccario wristed a shot inside the right post after a pair of saves by Bugalski in tight.

- Brand gave NU the lead for good with 2:33 remaining with her NCAA-best 21st goal of the season. Krizova gained the UConn zone with speed and dropped a pass to Brand for a rocket of a one-timer that clanged in off the crossbar to make it 4-3 Northeastern.

- Krizova then tacked on an insurance goal 28 seconds later, converting a feed from senior Hayley Scamurra at the right of the net.


- Northeastern earned the regular-season sweep of UConn and extended its unbeaten streak against the other Huskies to 21 straight games (18-0-3).

- McKenna Brand scored her NCAA-leading 21st goal of the year and her team-high fifth game-winning goal.

- Brand's five game-winners are tied for the second-most in the nation this season.

- Brand has scored the game-winning goal in each of Northeastern's last three wins.

- Brand (goal, assist), Denisa Krizova (goal, two assists), Hayley Scamurra (two assists) and Kasidy Anderson (goal, assist) recorded multi-point efforts.

- Lauren Kelly scored her first goal of the season Saturday.

- The NU Huskies out-shot the UConn Huskies by a 38-26 margin.

- Sophomore Brittany Bugalski made 23 saves to earn her 15th win of the season.

Up Next

Northeastern will visit New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.