BOSTON - Receiving two goals from sophomore left wing Chloe Aurard, the No. 3 Northeastern women's hockey team skated past Hockey East challenger New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon, collecting the 4-1 victory at Matthews Arena.
With the win, Northeastern (5-0-0, 2-0-0 HEAW) is off to its best undefeated start since the 2001-02 season, when the Huskies won each of their first 10 competitions.
Skylar Fontaine broke the game's scoreless tie with 6:55 remaining in the second period, firing her attempt from the heart of the right faceoff circle. Katy Knoll and Jess Schryver were credited with the stick touches leading to Fontaine's second goal of the season.
With Brooke Hobson in the penalty box per her late-period trip, Aurard boosted Northeastern's lead to 2-0 courtesy of her short-handed turnaround shot from the left circle. Alina Mueller had initiated the Huskies' insurance goal before the intermission, possessing the puck down the length of the ice before centering on goal to Aurard.
Northeastern logged four of its six penalty kills during the third period. Aurard earned her second goal of the game with 12:50 remaining in regulation, harassing the Wildcats' goaltender, Ava Boutilier, at the edge of the crease to widen the Huskies' lead to 3-0.
Nicole Dunbar put New Hampshire (3-2-2, 2-1-1 HEAW) on the scoreboard with three minutes left in the third period - the only blip on Aerin Frankel's 23-save performance. Boutilier made 45 saves for the Wildcats, but was off the ice when Veronika Pettey potted the game-ending, empty-net goal from the blue line.