BOSTON - Hockey East Championship MVP Alina Mueller scored two goals and recorded an assist as the No. 3 Northeastern women's hockey team defeated the University of Connecticut, 3-1, to win a fifth-straight Hockey East Championship title on Saturday at Matthews Arena. The fifth-straight title is an unprecedented feat in Hockey East history.
With the victory, the Huskies have clinched an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be on Sunday, March 6 at 9 p.m. on ESPN News.
Northeastern pressured often in the opening period, but UConn would break through first when Morgan Wabick forced a turnover at the NU blue line to set up a breakaway goal at 18:49 of the opening period.
That lead would hold until there were 17 seconds remaining in the second period when Mueller tied the game at 1-1 after a deflected shot came to her in the right circle that she buried. Skylar Fontaine and Brooke Hobson assisted on the goal.
Then, just 22 seconds into the third frame, Mueller scored again with a cut-back move between the circles for a shot that snuck through the pads of UConn netminder Megan Warrener to give Northeastern a 2-1 lead. Mueller was assisted by Fontaine and Maureen Murphy.
With Fontaine's second assist of the game, she became the all-time leading scorer in Hockey East Tournament play with 25 career Hockey East Tournament points (8 goals and 17 assists).
Chloe Aurard would seal the victory for Northeastern by jamming home a backhand with 3:00 remaining in regulation with assists from Mueller and Murphy.
Northeastern's Aerin Frankel finished the game with 27 saves on 28 shots faced. Warrener stopped a career-high 37 shots in the UConn net.
Mueller was joined by Murphy (NU), Wabick (UConn), Fontaine (NU), Hobson (NU) and Frankel (NU) on the All-Tournament team.