|1st||2:47||NOE||1-0||EV GW||Taytum Clairmont (2)||Skylar Fontaine/4|
|2nd||19:58||NOE||2-0||EV||Maddie Hartman (1)||Brooke Hobson/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 1-6-1)||56:55||2||12||13||4||29|
|Aerin Frankel (W, 1-1-0)||59:54||0||5||8||6||19|
BOSTON - Freshman goaltender Aerin Frankel earned a shutout in her first collegiate start with 19 saves to backstop the Northeastern women's hockey team (6-6-1, 4-3-0 WHEA) to a 2-0 victory over Merrimack (4-8-2, 1-4-1 WHEA) on Friday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
Frankel stopped five shots in the first period, eight attempts in the second, and six tries in the third to post NU's first shutout since Brittany Bugalski blanked New Hampshire on Jan. 28, 2017.
Redshirt junior Taytum Clairmont scored the game-winning goal less than three minutes into the first period and provided seven blocked shots at the defensive end. Junior Maddie Hartman also scored for the Huskies, while freshman Brooke Hobson chipped in an assist for her fifth point in the last six games.
• Northeastern struck first just 2:47 into the game following a beautiful play by freshman Skylar Fontaine. The rookie picked off a pass in the neutral zone, gained the Merrimack blue-line with speed, and delivered a no-look, behind-the-back pass to a cutting Clairmont, who shifted to the backhand to score her second goal of the season.
• The Huskies doubled the lead with two seconds remaining in the second period when a loose puck deflected off the stick of Hobson to Maddie Hartman between the circles for a wrister inside the right post.
Stats of the Game
• Aerin Frankel posted NU's first shutout of the season with a career-high 19 saves.
• Taytum Clairmont scored her second collegiate game-winning goal (Oct. 9, 2015 vs. Syracuse).
• Clairmont blocked a game-high seven shots.
• Maddie Hartman netted her first goal - and point - of the season.
• Brooke Hobson notched her eighth point of the year, which leads all Hockey East rookie defensemen.
• Friday's game was No. 300 for head coach Dave Flint at the helm of the program.
The Huskies and Warriors will close out the weekend series on Saturday in North Andover. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.