Coyne's hat trick, Desjardins' 38 saves lift Northeastern past BU in Beanpot
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.
"It was something different than I think we were used to [being up 2-0]," Coyne said. "I think we took that in a positive way and stayed focused throughout the next 45-50 minutes of the game."
Desjardins came up big for the Huskies with 1:25 left in the period when Jenelle Kohanchuk took a long pass and went in on a breakaway after NU got caught in a line change. Kohanchuk tried to beat Desjardins five-hole, but she quickly closed the pads and sent the puck into the corner.
Coyne and Pickett almost connected again 48 seconds into the second when Coyne outskated a BU defender, picked up a loose puck to avoid an icing call, and centered to Pickett for a one-timer that Sperry got a piece of and covered for the faceoff.
Isabel Menard tried to cut the deficit in half three minutes later when she found a loose puck stationed in front of the crease and flung a soft shot on goal that Desjardins turned aside. BU, however, hustled to the rebound, and forced Desjardins to make back-to-back saves from point-blank range to preserve the two-goal lead.
Coyne would make it 3-0 Huskies with 14:42 left in the second when she took a pass from Pickett behind the net and tried to hit Llanes on the doorstep. The puck, however, went off the pad of Sperry and over the goal line.
Menard had another chance to get BU on the board with the Terriers on the penalty kill. Menard stole the puck from Colleen Murphy at the point, going in on a breakaway on Desjardins. Menard tried to beat Desjardins to the left, but she slid over to hug the post and make the stop.
Maggie Brennolt kept BU at bay with five minutes left in the frame when she came up a huge shot block off the stick of Kohanchuk in the slot.
Claire Santostefano and Katie MacSorley created a scoring chance with 1:06 remaining in the second when MacSorley gathered a loose puck for a shot from the slot before Santostefano picked up the rebound and tried to put it over a sprawled Sperry, but the Terrier netminder knocked it down to earn the faceoff.
Coyne had a couple chances to bury her third of the game early in the third period, first when she lost Kathryn Miller with a quick move to the right and a low shot on goal before she gathered a loose puck later in her shift, throwing a backhand on goal that Sperry steered into the corner.
BU tried to respond minutes later when a shot from Marie-Philip Poulin rang a shot off the pipe before a sea of Huskies blocked a second Terrier chance in front of Desjardins.
Boston U broke through for the first time when Jordan Juron cleaned up a rebound in front of the Husky net with 12:58 left in regulation. After receiving a feed from Sarah Lefort, Caroline Campbell fired a shot on goal from the right point. Desjardins made the initial save, but Juron was waiting for the rebound, and promptly deposited it into the net to make it 3-1.
After being awarded its third power play of the night with 7:24 left in regulation, the Terriers pulled Sperry in favor of the extra skater. The NU penalty killers weathered the storm as Desjardins made two saves and the Huskies blocked three more. As the penalty expired, Coyne was nearly the recipient of another clearing pass for a breakaway, but the sophomore forward was whistled for offsides.
BU would pull Sperry again with 2:27 left in regulation in search of two scores, but Coyne iced it for the Huskies, burying an empty net goal to complete the hat trick and send the Huskies into the title game.
The loss snapped a 13-game unbeaten streak for BU (18-4-3) and is its only second non-conference defeat of the season. The Terriers will face Harvard in the consolation game at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.
• No. 2 Boston College edges Harvard