Huskies freshman forward Jess Schryver had given Northeastern a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes left in the third. On the threshold of the first Northeastern sweep of the Beanpot in 32 years, the women instead met the fate of the men, who lost a lead with a second left before beating BU 5-4 in double overtime Monday.
Schryver’s power-play goal came on an assist from Alina Mueller and Chloé Aurard, who has also scored two goals.
The goal broke the 2-2 that ensued after BU’s Abby Cook beat Frankel with a one-timer from the blue line on a BU power play after Huskies junior defender Skylar Fontaine was called for roughing and was assessed a five-minute major.
Aurard’s second goal on a giveaway in front had given the Huskies a 2-1 lead in the second period; her first, off a rebound evened the score after the Terriers drew first blood.
Junior forward Kristina Schuler scored a shorthanded goal at 4:55 into the opening period, beating Frankel with a nifty one-on-one move on a breakaway.
The two teams dueled on the ice at a frantic pace in the second period, trading back-and-forth attacks. Frankel, who is averaging a stingy 1.06 goals allowed per game, has been the lynchpin of the Huskies defense and leads the game with 19 saves.
Aurard, the second-leading scorer in Hockey East, chipped a shot past BU goalie Corinne Schroeder at 17:55.
Northeastern is 3-0 against BU this year. But the Huskies haven’t won the tournament since 2013, and the Terriers are looking to win a second straight Beanpot.
The fourth-ranked Huskies (25-3-1), winners of their last 10 games, have already clinched the regular-season title of Hockey East, and are looking for a record 17th Beanpot title. BU (19-6-3) is No. 9 in the PairWise national rankings.
Northeastern is also competing for a chance to complete Beanpot sweep, a feat the Huskies hockey teams haven’t carried off in 32 years. The Northeastern men celebrated their third straight Beanpot on Monday after a thrilling 5-4 double-overtime defeat of BU.