BOSTON - Casey Pickett potted a pair of goals and Florence Schelling made 34 saves for her first shutout of the season as Northeastern defeated Yale, 4-0, at Matthews Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Nine different skaters recorded points for the Huskies, who improved to 7-2-2 on the season. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-4-2 on the season.
Northeastern converted its first power play opportunity at 3:30 of the first period when Pickett took a Lori Antflick feed and slotted it past Yale goaltender Genny Ladiges (29 saves) for the 1-0 lead. Antflick took the initial shot, but once it was blocked she gathered her own rebound and slid the puck to Pickett. Stephanie Gavronsky also earned an assist on Pickett's second goal of the season.
Just 1:27 later, the Huskies made it 2-0. Alyssa Wohlfeiler took the puck behind the net and curled along the left half-wall. There, she found Esposito in the slot. The sophomore forward deked around a defender and beat Ladiges for her fourth goal of the season
Schelling was the star of the second period, as she turned aside 17 Bulldog shots. Her stellar play came mostly on the penalty kill, as Yale had seven shots on four power plays in the period.
Pickett struck again for Northeastern 6:40 into the third stanza. Siena Falino threw the puck towards goal from the right corner. Antflick got a stick on it and flicked it towards Pickett, who did the rest. With 1:56 remaining in the game, Lindsay Domaas earned her first goal of the season when she pushed home a rebound off a Claire Santostefano shot. Dani Rylan supplied the second assist.
The Huskies killed off all six of the Bulldogs' power play chances. Northeastern was 1-of-4 on the power play.
The Huskies finished their six-game homestand with a 4-1-1 record. Northeastern hits the road on Thursday when the Huskies travel to Orono to battle the Maine Black Bears in the first of a two-game series. Game time on Thursday is scheduled for 7 p.m.