Northeastern upsets No. 4 BU
Huskies advance to WHEA title game with win
BOSTON -- Florence Schelling set a Hockey East tournament record with 44 saves, including a record 24 in the first period, to pace the Huskies past No. 1 seed Boston University 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
The Huskies will play in the WHEA title game for the first time in program history against the winner of the second semifinal between Boston College and Providence.
Alyssa Wohlfeiler tallied two goals and Claire Santostefano potted the game-winning goal just 1:13 into the final frame.
Schelling stole the show in the first period, as she set both a school and a Hockey East tournament record by making 24 saves in a single period.
The saves weren’t easy, as right off the bat Schelling stoned Holly Lorms twice at the top of the crease. The save of the period came during the Huskies’ first power play chance of the contest. Jenn Wakefield had a breakaway, but as she cut across the top of the crease and fired off a shot, Schelling held the right post and made a fantastic right pad save.
Despite the great goaltending, the Terriers struck first at the 15:56 mark of the opening frame. Wakefield took a pass from Louise Warren and slid it past Schelling for the 1-0 advantage. It was Wakefield’s 29th goal of the season.
Northeastern came out strong to start the second period and carried the play early in the stanza. The strong effort produced a goal at the 10:18 mark after a pretty pass from Casey Pickett. Maggie DiMasi made a great outlet pass to Pickett who got the puck in the Terrier zone. Pickett remained poised and spun around with the puck to evade a defender. Her patience paid off as she saw Wohlfeiler streak up the left wing and fed the puck to the senior forward, who deposited the puck past Kerrin Sperry (21 saves) to bring NU to level terms.
The Huskies took their first lead against BU this season at the 14:45 mark when Rachel Llanes won an offensive zone draw straight back to Julia Marty. The senior co-captain one-timed the puck past Sperry to put Northeastern ahead, 2-1. It was Marty’s fifth goal of the season and Llanes earned her 19th assist of the season.
BU made it 2-2 at the 17:50 juncture of the second. Kaleigh Fratkin worked the puck to the point where Catherine Ward slid it between the dots to Wakefield. The junior forward then faked a shot and deposited the puck into an open net for her 30th goal of the season and second of the contest.
It took just 1:13 of the third frame for Northeastern to regain the lead for good. Freshman forward Katie MacSorley carried the puck in the Terrier zone and, after finding open space between the hash marks, she fired a shot that Sperry saved. The puck popped up in the air, and Santostefano was there to bat it home for the 3-2 lead. It was the fifth goal of the season for Santostefano and the sixth assist of the season for MacSorley.
The Terriers brought plenty of pressure to try and tie the game, but Schelling stood tall each time she was tested. She made the save of the game on a fellow Olympian, as Schelling, a Swiss Olympian, made a glove save to rob Canadian Olympian Marie-Philip Poulin on the doorstep. It was one of 15 saves in the third period for Schelling.
Wohlfeiler gave NU some insurance with a pretty goal at the 13:09 juncture of the third, as she faked a pass and lifted a backhander that beat Sperry for the 4-2 lead. Pickett and DiMasi, like on Wohlfeiler’s first goal, added the assists.
BU pulled Sperry in favor of the extra attacker with 2:16 remaining in regulation, but the Husky defense, in conjunction with Schelling, kept the Terriers at bay and secured the victory.
Northeastern will look to carry the momentum from Saturday’s win into the championship game on Sunday. The Huskies will face either Boston College or Providence at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be televised on tape delay at 4 p.m. on NESN.
For fans that wish to attend Sunday's championship contest, a fan bus will depart from Chicken Lou's at 12 p.m. There are limited spots on the bus, so it will be first come, first serve.