BOSTON - Aerin Frankel made 21 saves en route to her NCAA-best ninth shutout, while Andrea Renner tallied a career-high three assists and Alina Mueller, Katy Knoll and Veronika Pettey each finished with a goal and an assist to lead top-seeded Northeastern (18-1-1) past No. 8 seed New Hampshire (7-14-1), 7-0, in the Hockey East tournament quarterfinals on Sunday inside Matthews Arena. The Huskies are unbeaten in their last 18 games and are riding a 13-game winning streak in the league tournament.
Seven different Huskies scored in the game as second-ranked Northeastern outshot the Wildcats, 46-21. Katie Cipra, Skylar Fontaine, Kate Holmes and Mia Brown all scored in the second period to give the Huskies a 6-0 lead after two periods of play. Mueller recorded her NCAA-leading 33rd point of the season with her third-period goal, and Chloé Aurard tallied a pair of assists.
Knoll scored her fourth game-winning goal of the season, tallying the lone goal in the opening 20 minutes with a nice shot from just in front of the net nearly six minutes into the game. The five-goal second period witnessed four goals in a seven-minute span as the second-ranked Huskies doubled UNH up in shots in that period, 18-9.
Northeastern has advanced to the semifinals of the Hockey East tournament in nine consecutive seasons and are searching for a program-best fourth consecutive tournament title. The Huskies will host UConn (9-9-1) on Wednesday night inside Matthews Arena. Northeastern defeated UConn in last year's championship game, 9-1, and are 6-1 all-time against the Huskies in the league tournament, winning six straight heading into the semifinal matchup.
Information on the start time and broadcast network will be announced by Hockey East on Monday.