It’ll be Boston University and Northeastern in the women’s Beanpot championship next Tuesday after both teams came out victorious in semifinal games Tuesday at Walter Brown Arena.
No. 3 Northeastern heads to the championship game after ousting No. 10 Harvard, 3-1, while BU will get the chance to defend its title after a 4-0 silencing of BC.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Northeastern goaltender Aerin Frankel, who made 31 saves to earn her 21st win of the year. “We definitely have had some trouble in this tournament in the past, but I think that just made us come into today with a little chip on our shoulder. It was an extra special feeling, knowing that we haven’t had success.”
Junior blue-liner Skylar Fontaine potted the eventual winner 3:27 into the middle frame, off of assists from Alina Mueller and Chloe Aurard, to double what had been a 1-0 Northeastern lead.
Fontaine, an East Greenwich, R.I., native, has 29 points from the blue-line this season.
“When she’s out there, it’s like having four forwards,” said Northeastern coach Dave Flint. “The thing is, she’ll beat the forwards to the net, and then she’ll beat everybody else back to our net. That’s how fast she is, and that’s how good she is. She adds another dimension for us.”
Harvard got one back four and a half minutes later from freshman Shannon Hollands, assisted by Kristin Della Rovere and Anne Bloomer.
Mueller had the Huskies’ initial tally 15:09 into the first period and helped out on both of Northeastern’s later goals to total 52 points this season, a career-high after 51 points last year.
The Huskies managed to withstand a final rally by the Crimson when sophomore Lauren MacInnis headed to the box for checking at 17:12 of the third period, but they successfully killed off the penalty, as they had done twice earlier in the game.
Before the penalty, senior defender Codie Cross went down behind the Northeastern net and was helped off with a leg injury. Flint said she was still being evaluated and had no update on her condition postgame.
In the later game, No. 8 Boston University shut out Boston College, 4-0, behind a first period goal from senior Abby Cook and a pair from junior Jesse Compher early in the second period.
“We knew that we had to come out strong, and that they were gonna be all over us,” Cook said. “This shows that we’re good, and we just have to keep it up.”
Senior Deziray De Sousa tallied on an empty net with 1:53 left to play to seal the deal. Senior netminder Corinne Schroeder made 33 saves to keep the Eagles at bay, while BU had 20 shots off the pads of BC goalie Maddy MacArthur. The BU defense blocked 20 of the Eagles’ 47 shots.
“The kids stayed on the mark,” said BU coach Brian Durocher. “They were there to help clear poeple and knock pucks away, defend pretty hard, and that’s been our calling card this year as a team. I’m excited about the four goals, but excited that we defended well and kept them off the board.”