BOSTON - Paced by goals from Rachel Llanes and Stephanie Gavronsky, the Huskies defeated Princeton, 2-1, in their home opener at Matthews Arena.
Junior goaltender Florence Schelling made 25 saves to earn her third win of the season. The win is also the Huskies' third-straight, as it comes off a weekend sweep of Robert Morris.
Llanes opened the scoring account for Northeastern 15:25 into the first period. Julia Marty took the initial shot, and in the scrum Llanes found the loose puck and stuffed it past Princeton goaltender Cassie Seguin (31 saves) for the 1-0 lead. The power play goal was Llanes' fourth goal of the season.
Princeton potted a goal of its own on the power play in the second period. Sasha Sherry took the initial shot, which Schelling saved. Paula Romanchuk's first attempt off the rebound was saved, but she buried the second attempt for her first goal of the season. The strike came at the 6:32 mark.
The Huskies responded a little over four minutes later. Schelling sent the puck up ice to a waiting Gavronsky, who strode into the offensive end and blasted a shot past Seguin for the 2-1 lead and the eventual game-winning goal. Schelling earned the first point of her career on Gavronsky's second goal of the season.
Princeton pulled its goaltender for the final three minutes of the third period, but the Husky defense stood strong and Schelling held her own between the pipes to seal the victory.
The Huskies will be back on the ice on Sunday afternoon as they host Rensselaer at Matthews Arena. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen on GoNU.TV.