BOSTON – Kendall Coyne recorded her second hat trick in her past three games, and Northeastern received a career-high 38 saves from Chloe Desjardins to knock off No. 3 Boston University 4-1 in a Beanpot semifinal on Tuesday night at Matthews Arena.
The Huskies (15-10-2) advance to the Beanpot title game for the third time in the past four years, and 24th time overall. Northeastern will play Boston College in the championship game at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday. The Eagles defeated Harvard 2-1 in the first semifinal.
“We finally came out and set the tempo in the game,” Northeastern head coach Dave Flint said. “We came out, got a couple quick goals, and I think that helped carry us through.”
Coyne (three goals, one assist) and linemate Casey Pickett (one goal, three assists) played a factor in all four NU goals while Rachel Llanes also posted a multi-point night with two assists to help end the Terriers’ 13-game unbeaten streak, which was the second-longest in the nation.
“I think our whole team played really well [Tuesday], and that gave our line momentum to get what we needed to get done,” Pickett said. “We had a couple of nice plays where we found each other, and when you work hard it works in your favor.”
Boston U held a slim 39-36 edge in shots on goal, forcing Desjardins to make double-digit saves in each period of play. Northeastern, meanwhile, won 32 of 60 faceoffs, led by Llanes’ 20 of 28 performance.
“We played hard,” Flint said. “We battled, and we had three lines that contributed either offensively or defensively. I thought it was a great team effort.”
The Terriers nearly capitalized on a misplay early in the game when Desjardins left a rebound off a dumpin from Lillian Ribeirnha-Braga in front of the net. Jill Cardella got a stick on the rebound, but the puck was cleared with just inches to spare.
Desjardins continued to be tested throughout the opening moments of the game, but the sophomore was up to the task, turning away four BU shots during a Huskies’ penalty to Brittany Esposito.
When Coyne replaced Esposito after she was released from the box, Pickett picked the pocket of a Terrier forward and fired a hard pass across the neutral zone and onto the stick of Coyne, who went in uncontested to beat goalie Kerrin Sperry five-hole.
After an 0-for-7 performance on the power play at BU four days ago, Northeastern cashed in on its first opportunity of the night less than two minutes after the Coyne tally. Maggie DiMasi began the play along the left wall by dishing to Coyne heading out toward the point. Coyne then skated toward the center of the zone before dropping to Pickett, who was stationed at the point. Pickett then sent a blast in on goal, through a screen by Llanes and into the back of the net for Pickett’s 15th of the season.CLICK HERE to read entire article
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