Friendship Series Team Preview: Northeastern Huskies

Team Background

The Northeastern University Huskies have been a consistently competitive team in women’s college hockey. Like most women’s teams, the Northeastern women’s hockey team started out as a club team, before making the jump to Division I when the NCAA officially added women’s hockey as a sport in 2000. In the 2002-03 season, Northeastern moved conferences to Hockey East after previously being in the ECAC.

Since women’s hockey was sanctioned as a Division I sport by the NCAA, Northeastern owns a .456 win percentage in their 18 seasons of play. Since the 2008-09 season when current head coach Dave Flint was appointed, Northeastern have a 156-104-29 in his 10 years at the helm. They have made the NCAA Tournament twice and won the Hockey East Regular Season crown once, and they won the Hockey East Tournament last year.

Forward Alina Mueller (11)

This year’s Northeastern team is definitely one of the strongest teams to date, coming in with an 13-2-2 record that puts them third in the nation. After losing senior forwards Denisa Křížová and McKenna Brand, Northeastern needed to fill those holes in the front line. With the additions of Swiss phenom Alina Mueller and French star Chloe Aurard, they have certainly filled those holes. Most notably, Mueller led all players at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in both goals and points, with seven goals and three assists for a total of 10 points in 6 games. She also tied an Olympic record by scoring four goals in one game against Korea this past February. Returnees Brooke Hobson and Skylar Fontaine will look to solidify the defense in front of of both Aerin Frankel and Brittany Bugalski who are splitting goaltender duties between the pipes for Northeastern.

When asked about the upcoming games, Head Coach Dave Flint had this to say: “We are so excited to have such an amazing opportunity to bring NCAA women’s ice hockey to Belfast. Any time we can introduce collegiate women’s ice hockey to a community that doesn’t usually get to experience the sport, it’s a tremendous opportunity to help grow the game. It should be an incredible weekend between two top five teams. We want to thank the people of Belfast for welcoming us to this historic event.”