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Sophomore goaltender Chloe Desjardins made 29 saves for the Huskies
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Northeastern women's ice hockey team received goals from four different scorers, and Chloe Desjardins made 29 saves in goal to lead the Huskies (1-0-0) to a 4-0 victory at Colgate (0-3-3) on Friday night at Starr Rink.
Paige Savage and Jordan Hampton each netted their first collegiate goals for the Huskies, while Kendall Coyne and Katie MacSorley both added shorthanded tallies. NU outshot the Raiders 37-29 for the game, and won 31-of-57 faceoffs. The Huskies were 0-of-5 on the power play while Colgate went 0-of-7.
Northeastern dictated the pace of play throughout the first period, maintaining puck possession in the Raider zone and netting the game's first goal with 1:20 left in the frame. The Huskies peppered Colgate goaltender Susan Allen (33 saves) with 13 shots in the opening frame, and finally got one past her with a goal from Savage.
Coyne began the play with a pass behind the cage to Casey Pickett on the right side of the net. Pickett spotted Savage cutting to the far post, and slid a quick pass across the crease to the freshman forward, who buried it past Allen for the score. Desjardins kept Colgate quiet through the first 20 minutes, turning aside all six Raider shots, including a scoring bid from Jocelyn Simpson in the final 40 seconds of the frame.
NU extended its lead to 2-0 midway through the second period, but three Husky penalties during the frame gave the Raiders numerous chances to cut into the deficit. Hampton notched her first collegiate tally midway through the stanza when she collected a pass from MacSorley, and fired a low shot through traffic and past Allen for a two-goal Husky lead.
Desjardins was tested throughout the frame, but was there to steer aside all 11 Colgate shots during the period, eight of which came with Northeastern shorthanded. Her two biggest saves of the night came late in the period when she knocked down a Jenna Klynstra shot from the slot before diving across the crease to deny Brittany Phillips of a goal immediately after.
The teams swapped power play opportunities during the third period, but neither team could capitalize on the man advantage. The Huskies would score two late goals with Allen pulled in favor of the extra skater as Coyne scored with 40 seconds left and Northeastern shorthanded, and MacSorley would add another with 17 seconds left in regulation to seal the victory.
Northeastern will continue its opening weekend road trip on Saturday afternoon as the Huskies take on Syracuse at 4 p.m. from Tennity Ice Pavilion.
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Game Notes: Northeastern is now 2-0-0 against Colgate all-time, and improves to 25-5-3 all-time in season openers ... Savage's first period goal marked the second straight season that a freshman has netted Northeastern's first goal of the season (Lucie Povova in 2011) ... The last time Northeastern shutout an opponent in the season opener was on Oct. 13, 2001 against Mercyhurst (2-0).