|1st||3:12||NOE||1-0||SH||McKenna Brand (8)||Shelby Herrington/4, Maddie Hartman/3|
|1st||4:04||NOE||2-0||SH GW||Denisa Křížová (8)||Hayley Scamurra/8|
|1st||9:55||PRV||1-2||SH||Christina Putigna (5)||Whitney Dove/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alanna Serviss (L, 3-3-0)||58:09||2||6||6||12||24|
|Brittany Bugalski (W, 8-2-1)||59:56||1||4||13||15||32|
BOSTON - The Northeastern women's ice hockey team (8-3-1, 4-1-0) potted a pair of shorthanded goals in a span of 52 seconds early in the first period, and sophomore Brittany Bugalski (32 saves) shut the door at the other end to help the Huskies to a 2-1 victory against Providence on Sunday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
Bugalski made at least 30 saves for the fourth time this season, and stopped 28 Friar shots over the final 40 minutes to secure the victory. The stingy Northeastern defense allowed just three goals over the two-game weekend, and blocked 23 shots on Sunday including a team-high five from Lauren Kelly.
The Huskies found the back of the net twice during its first penalty of the afternoon as McKenna Brand finished off a two-on-one rush with Shelby Herrington before Denisa Krizova beat Providence goaltender Alanna Serviss (24 saves) on a breakaway less than a minute later. Christina Putigna scored the lone goal for PC, a shorthanded marker midway through the opening frame.
Providence outshot the Huskies 33-26 in the game, while neither team could capitalize on the power play with NU going 0-of-4 and the Friars 0-of-6.
- Despite going on the penalty kill three minutes into the game, the Huskies drew first blood on Brand's eighth goal of the year. After Ainsley MacMillan rimmed a puck around the glass and out of the defensive zone, Shelby Herrington grabbed the loose puck and sped into the attacking end two-on-one with Brand. Herrington then sent a perfect pass across to Brand, who knocked home the one-timer for the early 1-0 lead.
- Northeastern struck again just 52 seconds later with another shorthanded tally, this one coming from Krizova. As the Huskies battled for puck possession in their own zone, Hayley Scamurra was able to chip the puck out of harm's way and out to the neutral zone, where Krizova raced past a defender and went in alone on Serviss. Krizova then made a quick deke and slid a low backhand five-goal for her eight of the season.
- Providence got on the board with 10:05 remaining in the first period with a shorthanded marker of their own as Whitney Dove fired the puck down ice, where Christina Putigna caught up with it for a breakaway on Bugalski. Putigna attacked from the right side and roofed a shot over the left shoulder of Bugalski for her fourth goal of the year.
Stats of the game:
- Northeastern is now 56-56-11 all-time against Providence, and has defeated the Friars in each of the last eight games.
- The Huskies have five shorthanded goals this season, which leads the nation. No other team in the country has more than two shorthanded markers.
- Sunday marked the second time this season that the Huskies have scored two shorthanded goals in a game (Oct. 25 at Boston University).
- Over the last two seasons, Northeastern is 32-0-0 when leading after the second period.
Scamurra has seven points (one goal, six assists) in her last five games, while Krizova has points in each of her last 11 games (eight goals, nine assists).
The road ahead:
• Northeastern will be back in action next weekend when the Huskies battle Merrimack in a home-and-home series, beginning on Friday afternoon at Lawler Arena (2 p.m.).