Friday, January 8, 2010

Northeastern University Women's Hockey Makes History at Fenway Park

6:23 p.m. - Despite the loss, Northeastern University made history on Friday, January 8, 2010 by playing in the first-ever women's collegiate outdoor game. The snow, the lights, the fans and the venue made for an unforgettable event for everyone involved. UNH outshot Northeastern, 33-18, en route to the 5-3 victory.

6:21 p.m. - Schelling was pulled with 39 second left, but New Hampshire capitalized on the unstaffed net as Kristina Lavoie lit the lamp to seal the 5-3 victory at 19:44. Courtney Birchard was awarded the assist

6:18 p.m. - Northeastern calls a timeout with 52 seconds remaining. UNH owns a 32-18 advantage in shots.

6:17 p.m. - New Hampshire is clamping down and keeping the puck out of NU zone - one minute remaining.

6:14 p.m. -  The temperature is now at 21 mph and the wind chill has dropped to 13 mph with 3:30 remaining in regulation.

6:10 p.m. - New Hampshire scored its third-straight goal to take its first lead of the contest at 14:30 in the third period. Kristina Lavoie scored her seventh goal of the season with assists from Micaela Long and Courtney Birchard.

6:08 p.m. - UNH is outshooting Northeaster, 11-1, through the first 13 minutes of the third period.

6:07 p.m. - Just to make matters more difficult, the snow is falling and its hardest clip of the game with only seven minutes to play in regulation.

UNH GOAL 3-3 6:04 p.m. - New Hampshire's Micaela Long buried the equalizer at 11:03 for the Wildcats' first powerplay goal of the game. Assists were given out to Courtney Birchard and Kelly Paton.

6:02 p.m. - Kristi Kehoe negated the 5 x 4 NU advantage at 9:02 with an interference call on the near boards in New Hampshire's zone.

5:59 p.m. - Courtney Birchard committed a tripping penalty at 8:18 of the third to give Northeastern the extra-man advantage.

5:57 p.m. - Schelling made a huge save on Kristina Lavoie to keep the Huskies ahead, 3-2 - there is a about 12:50 remaining in the contest.

UNH GOAL 3-2 5:49 p.m. - Julie Allen cut into Northeastern's lead by tapping in her own rebound at 1:30 of the third stanza. Kristine Horn was awarded the assist. Schelling made the initial save on the doorstop, but Allen corralled the rebound and slid it past Schelling's glove, 3-2.

5:47 p.m. - The third period is underway, as the Citgo sign blinks away in the backdrop.

5:31 p.m. - The zambonis are back out trying to smooth out the snowy, sluggish ice for the final period.

5:29 p.m. - The Huskies head into the Red Sox batting cage (locker room) with a 3-1 advantage. New Hampshire outshot NU in the second period, 10-8, and lead over, 19-13, with 40 minutes in the books.

5:22 p.m. - The Northeastern sports info office did not enter the meterology field for a reason. The snow is back and heavier than before. Never mind that last report!

5:20 p.m. - The snow is starting to taper off with about six minute remaining in the second period. UNH did not convert on Hogan's penalty.

5:14 p.m. - Annie Hogan was called for hooking at 10:44 of the second period - her second of the contest.

NORTHEASTERN GOAL 3-1 5:08 p.m. - Brittany Esposito knocked in the first powerplay goal in outdoor history with help from Annie Hogan and Kristi Kehoe at 7:28 of the second period. UNH was called for holding at 6:46 to give the Huskies the extra skater advantage. NU is 1-1 on the powerplay thus far.

5:02 p.m. - New Hampshire had a complete breakaway, but Florence Schelling shutdown the Wildcats' attempt at an equalizer - there's a reason Schelling has the best GAA in Hockey East!

5:00 p.m. - The second period is underway and the snow is starting to pick up - should make for an interesting remainder of the game.

4:42 p.m. - The zambonis are out on the sheet attempting to clear the mess on the ice during the first intermission.

4:40 p.m. - With the first 20 minutes of history in the books, Northeastern owns a 2-1 advantage heading into the second period. UNH leads in the shots department after the first period, 9-5.

4:36 p.m. - Northeastern came out with some fire to start things off, but the Huskies are back on their heels a little bit right now. The Wildcats have had the puck in NU's zone for the good part of the lat ive minutes.

4:29 p.m. - Fenway Park's lights are casting some really cool shadows of the players on the ice.  A darker, mini version of each skater is chasing the real-life player around. The sights of this game are truly spectacular.

4:26 p.m. - Annie Hogan was whistled for tripping, the first penalty of the game, at 9:56 of the first period.

4:24 p.m. - The snow is really starting to affect the game now - the staff's shovels are full after just a couple seconds of plowing. It should be interesting to see how this pans out.

4:23 p.m. - The snow, although it looks light from the press box, is accumulating quickly and sticking to the ice. The Fenway staff had to come out and shovel snow off the boards! The snow is definitely affecting the speed of the puck. The puck isn't moving as crisply as it normally would in a place like Matthews Arena or the Whittemore Center.

2-1 UNH GOAL 4:18 p.m. - Shannon Sisk responded quickly in front at 3:59 of the first period with Sarah Cuthbert. Sisk's tally was the shot of the game. Three shots. Three goals.

2-0 Northeastern GOAL 4:16 p.m. - Northeastern is shooting 100% asfreshman Casey Pickett potted NU's second goal on its second shot at 3:41 of the first for the 2-0 lead (UA) - 3:41

4:15 p.m. - Game time temperature is 23.4 degrees with winds out of the northwest at 8 mph. Wind chill at 17 degrees.

1-0 Northeastern GOAL 4:14 p.m. - Freshman Brittany Espsito snapped Northeastern's first shot of the game past Lindsey Minton for the first historic goal at 18:25 of the first period. Esposito scored her fifth goal of the season as Annie Hogan registered her seventh helper of the season.

4:09 p.m. - AND WE'RE UNDERWAY!!! 

4:08 p.m. - Both teams are lined up on their respective blue lines and are preparing for the ceremonial puck drop of the first outdoor women's college game in history.

4:06 p.m. - The National Anthem is currently underway.

4:03 p.m. - Tonight's game is broadcast to a national audience on NESN HD and the NHL Network. Senior Annie Hogan was just interviews near the ice on NESN!

4:01 p.m. - Northeastern's starters announced. The Huskies are the home team tonight.

4:00 p.m. - New Hampshire's starters announced over the public address system.


3:50 p.m. - Northeastern's starting lines are FORWARDS are senior Lindsay Berman, freshman Kelly Wallace and junior Kristi Kehoe. The starting defense is senior captain Katy Applin and classmate Ginny Berg. Sophomore Florence Schelling is the starting goaltender.

3:49 p.m. - UNH forward starters: senior Micaela Long, senor Kelly Paton, freshman Kristina Lavoie. UNH defensive starters: junior Courtney Birchard and freshman Kailey Chappel. Starting in net is sophomore Lindsey Minton.

3:48 p.m. -  The conditions, albeit bitter cold, could not be any more perfect for such a historic event. The snow is lightly fluttering around the stadium as the Green Monster is adorned with a huge Hockey East banner with Northeastern, New Hampshire, Boston University and Boston College logos. BC and BU will take part in the backend at 7 p.m.

3:46 p.m. - The teams have left the ice and retreated to their respective locker rooms. The women's locker rooms are positioned in the batting cages of the Red Sox and the visiting team. Hockey East did a phenomenal job of printing off historic pictures of each team to hang in each locker room.

3:37 p.m. - With about 25 minutes left in warm-ups, the #9 Northeastern women's hockey team is about to make history in the first women's collegiate outdoor hockey game when the Huskies take on #4 New Hampshire at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

No comments:

Post a Comment