HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
The Northeastern Huskies won their sixth consecutive Bertagna Trophy as Hockey East Tournament champions, setting a new standard in league history. Megan Carter scored the game-winning goal and Gwyneth Philips made 20 saves to secure a 4-1 victory over Providence.
The Huskies were granted the number five overall seed in the National Tournament, drawing a date at No. 4 Yale on Saturday, March 11 in the national quarterfinals. It marks the seventh time that Northeastern has earned a berth in the National Tournament and its sixth straight trip to the national postseason after claiming Hockey East’s automatic bid in each of those seasons. The Huskies have secured a top-five seed for the fifth year in a row.
Northeastern has advanced to the Frozen Four in each of the last two seasons. In 2021, the Huskies finished as runner-up after falling in overtime to Wisconsin.
The 2023 National Tournament games begin on Thursday, March 9 at regional sites. The Frozen Four will take place at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. with the semifinals on Friday, March 17 and the national title game on Sunday, March 19.
Both Frozen Four semifinal games will be streamed live on ESPN+
on, Friday, March 17. The first semifinal game will air on ESPN+ at
3:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m. The national championship
game will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 on ESPNU.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alina Mueller - Northeastern
Alina Mueller (Gr., F; Winterthur, Switzerland) was named MVP of
the Hockey East Tournament and Hockey East Player of the Year,
both for the third time in her career, as she led Northeastern to its
sixth straight Bertagna Trophy as Hockey East champions. She had
five goals and three assists in the postseason and was named a Patty Kaz Top-10 Finalist for the fifth time in her career. Mueller became
Northeastern’s all-time program leader with her 250th career point
with a goal in the semifinals against Boston College.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Hope Walinski - Providence
Hope Walinski (So., G; Lincoln, R.I.) backboned Providence into
the Hockey East Tournament championship game with a 30-save
shutout on the road at No. 2 Vermont in the semifinals. She denied
each scoring attempt from the Catamounts to preserve a 1-0 victory.
ARMY ROTC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Megan Carter - Northeastern
Megan Carter (Sr., D; Milton, Ont.) scored the championship-winning goal in a 4-1 victory over Providence on Saturday and was
named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts. She also had the
primary assist on the game-winning strike in the semifinals against
Boston College. She registered eight blocks, six of those coming in
the title game.
STOP IT GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Gwyneth Philips - Northeastern
Gwyneth Philips (Sr., G; Athens, Ohio) was named to the Hockey
East All-Tournament Team after backstopping the Huskies to their
sixth straight Bertagna Trophy. She allowed just two goals in three
playoff starts while making 52 saves, including a 15-save shutout of
Boston College in the semifinals.
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Peyton Anderson, NU (Sr., F; Arvara, Colo.) Scored two goals, including the game-winning tally, in a 3-1 semifinal win over Boston College. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Maureen Murphy, NU (Gr., F; Buffalo, N.Y.) Dished out a record-tying three assists in the Hockey East championship game, helping the Huskies to a 4-1 win over Providence. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Chloe Aurard, NU (Gr., F; Villard-de-Lans, France) Had a goal and an assist in the Hockey East championship game, adding to a 1-2--3 line in the quarterfinals over Merrimack.
Brooke Becker, PC (Jr., D; Orchard Park, N.Y.) Registered a record-breaking four assists in 5-2 quarterfinal win over Maine. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Sara Hjalmarsson, PC (Gr., F; Bankeryd, Sweden) Assisted on the opening goal of the Hockey East championship game. In the semifinals, she made a game-saving defensive play at the goal line to prevent the game-tying goal with just 25 seconds remaining in the third period and save a 1-0 victory for the Friars. She was named the Best Defensive Forward in Hockey East last week and was a finalist for the Player of the Year award.
Lauren DeBlois, PC (Sr., D; Lewiston, Maine) Handed out an assist on the Friars’ lone goal of the Hockey East championship game.