Women’s hockey wins in OT to develop to Frozen Four
BOSTON — For the primary time due to 2012, the Cornell girls’ hockey group is headed to the Frozen Four. Gillis Frechette ’22 scored the sport-winning goal at 5 mins, 19 seconds beyond regulation to boost the sixth-ranked Big Red (24-five-6, 17-three-2 ECAC Hockey) over Northeastern, 3-2, in the NCAA quarterfinal Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena. “I suppose every team had their moments,” said head educate Doug Derraugh ’ ninety-one. “Any time you pass into a time beyond regulation, it could cross both manners.” On the game-winner, Diana Buckley’19 sent the % up ice to Frechette on the Northeastern blue line. The freshman ahead from Weston, Massachusetts, faked out Northeastern goaltender Aerin Frankel and guided the % home to give the Big Red its fourth ride to the Frozen Four in program history. “I discovered the p.C. On my stick, and all I noticed became the goalie and me,” Frechette stated. “I recollect just making a move to my backhand, and I don’t forget telling myself, ‘Do now not leave out this.
You have an open net.’ And sort of hit it within the net, and from there, I don’t forget what occurred.” The Big Red struck first thirteen:28 into the contest on a goal through Amy Curlew ’20 and added to its lead late within the first period on a strength-play purpose through Grace Graham ’20. “For us, we performed quite properly, especially at the begin,” Derraugh said. “We were extra of the aggressor inside the first length. After we were given the lead, I felt Northeastern genuinely turned the tables on us and became more of the aggressor.” In the second length, the Big Red’s robust protecting effort stored the Huskies off the board. Northeastern was given at the board with 10:28 left within the third with a goal from Veronika Pettey to make it 2-1.
“I surely didn’t want it to move in,” said goalie Marlène Boissonnault ’19. “It takes place. Things like that take place and have so one can see paintings with it. And if it doesn’t move your manner, you put it aside and be geared up for the next shot.” Northeastern tied the sport when defenseman Skylar Fontaine scored with five:29 left. The Big Red might be challenged in what remained of regulation. Less than a minute after the Huskies tied the sport, Maddie Mills ’21 changed into sent to the penalty field for checking.
Then, in the final minute, Boissonneault made some season-extending saves, highlighted by way of one from her back. The Dundee, New Brunswick, native completed the competition with 22 saves, three of which came in overtime. The Big Red will tackle 2nd-ranked Minnesota (31-five-1) within the countrywide semifinal on March 22 in Hamden, Connecticut. The Golden Gophers earned their 14th Frozen Four berth via putting off Princeton Saturday, 5-2.