BOSTON - Chloe Aurard scored the game winner and Maureen Murphy added a goal in her debut to lead No. 4 Northeastern (6-1-1 Hockey East) to an overtime win over Maine (4-5-0 Hockey East), 3-2, on Sunday inside Matthews Arena. The Huskies outshot the Black Bears an astounding 54-11.
Alina Mueller finished with a team-best three points (1 goal, 2 assists), while Brooke Hobson added a pair of assists for the Huskies. Gwyneth Philips made her first start of the season for Northeastern between the pipes, making nine saves and improves to 6-0-0 in her career.
The Huskies did not allow a shot in the opening period, dominating play and spending most of the 20 minutes in the Black Bears' offensive end. The Huskies broke through early as Mueller found the back of the net just over two minutes into the game with helpers from Skylar Fontaine and Hobson. That would be the only goal of the first period, despite a 15-0 advantage in shots.
Making her first appearance on the ice for the Huskies, Murphy flicked her first goal of the season off assists from Hobson and Mueller just over eight minutes into the second period. The Huskies would continue to pressure the Black Bears, but could not extend the lead before Maine answered with a goal to make it 2-1 after two periods of play.
The Black Bears tied the game early in the third period and fought off a slew of chances as Northeastern peppered Maine's goaltender Loryn Porter with 18 shots in the final period, but were not able to score. In overtime, Aurard recorded her second game-winning goal of the season as she entered the zone and skated to the top of the slot to send a blistering wrist shot past Maine's Porter to give the Huskies the victory.
Northeastern is scheduled to play a home-and-home series with No. 7 Providence this Friday and Saturday. The Huskies will host the Friars on Friday at 4 p.m. inside Matthews Arena.