SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - A high-scoring first period set up the Northeastern women's hockey team for their first win of the season, shutting out the Union Dutchwomen, 5-0, on the road. Sophomore Alina Mueller led the team with four points off of a goal and three assists. With her tenth career shutout, Aerin Frankel is now in a three-way tie for sixth all-time in career shutouts at Northeastern.
Sophomore Mueller came out firing for the Huskies, tallying her first goal of the season just 26 seconds into the contest. Following shortly after, Skylar Fontaine tipped in another off a deflected Mueller shot with 7:15 on the clock. Mattie Hartman kept the momentum moving for the Huskies, firing in Northeastern's third of the night off assists from Gillian Foote and Kate Holmes. Foote then found the back of the net for a goal of her own, pushing Northeastern to a 4-0 margin, before junior Veronika Pettey capped off first period scoring with a power-play goal at 16:25.
After a strong scoring run, the Huskies were held scoreless in the second period, despite nine attempts on goal. Between the pipes, Frankel added five saves to her eight first period stops.
Looking to add to the score, Northeastern went on a late-game offensive push, finishing with 44 shots on goal to Union's 16. Ultimately, a strong defensive presence led by Frankel kept Union at bay long enough for Northeastern to secure the shutout.
The Huskies are back on the road next weekend, traveling to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the Orange in a two-game series, Oct. 11-12.