Kendall Coyne Continues High Scoring Ways in 4-0 Start for Huskies

Mark StaffieriContributor IIOctober 18, 2012

Photo courtesy of Hockey East
Photo courtesy of Hockey East

In two Huskies wins on October 5 and 6, Kendall Coyne (also a United States national team member) accumulated four points. Coyne registered one goal and one assist in wins versus Colgate (a shutout) and Syracuse. In addition, she had an impressive 15 shots on goal.

Other Huskies had prominent performances in the weekend sweep. Anchorage, Alaska native Tori Hickel registered three total points (1 goal and 2 assists) versus Colgate and Syracuse. Senior forward Rachel Llanes had three points in the 5-2 win over Syracuse, matching a career high.

The momentum continued in an October 12 contest versus the Union Dutchwomen. Prior to the game, the Huskies raised their banner commemorating the 2011-12 Hockey East regular season title. Coyne logged a hat trick as the Huskies prevailed by a 4-1 tally. Of note, Coyne logged all three of her markers in the third period. More impressive was that the three goals were scored in 7 minutes and 31 seconds. Harking back to the previous season, Coyne’s hat trick was the third in the last 14 contests for Northeastern.

A match versus Rensselaer the following day found the Huskies prevailing by a 1-0 tally. Katie MacSorley scored the game winning goal with 12:29 left in the second period. After the second consecutive weekend sweep for the Huskies, the club is an impressive 22 for 22 on the penalty kill this season. The Huskies have put themselves in a good position to claim another Hockey East title. Last season, the squad started 4-0-0 and has equaled that mark again. It marks the first back-to-back 4-0 start in over a decade (2000-01 and 2001-02).

Ann Doherty registered an assist in each of the last two games, while Coyne recorded 12 shots on goal while earning a +2 rating for the Huskies. Freshman goaltender Chloe Desjardins has had the unenviable task of replacing the legendary Florence Schelling. In addition to assisting on one of Coyne’s goals versus Union, she has logged two shutouts this season. An indication the club is in solid standing between the pipes.