BOSTON- Codie Cross scored the game-winner in overtime to hand the No. 3 Northeastern women's hockey team a 3-2 victory over UConn on Friday afternoon at Matthews Arena. With the victory, the Huskies were named the Hockey East regular season champions for the second year in a row and claimed the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East Tournament.
Alina Mueller recorded two goals and one assist on the evening to reach her 100th career point at Northeastern. Mueller is the second fastest player in the Hockey East era at Northeastern to reach 100 career points. The Winterthur, Switzerland native took just 64 games to reach the milestone, just behind Kendall Coyne Schofield's 59 games.
Northeastern (23-3-1, 20-2-0 HEAW) was locked in a back-and-forth battle with UConn (14-12-1, 11-8-1 HEAW) throughout the evening. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead just 2:08 into the game off Mueller's first goal.
Mueller's second goal of the evening gave the Huskies back a 2-1 lead until Connecticut would find the equalizer at the 18:59 mark in the third period on a 6-on-4 opportunity to send the game into overtime. Once in overtime, Mueller and Aurard assisted Cross' game-winner at the 3:50 mark.
Between the pipes, Aerin Frankel finished with 36 saves and claimed her 20th win of the season, while UConn's netminder Morgan Fisher finished with 30 saves.
The Huskies will be back in action next at the 42nd annual Beanpot hosted by Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. Northeastern will open the tournament against Harvard on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m.