Huskies advance to Women’s Beanpot final with 4-1 win over BU. Will Northeastern sweep both tournaments?

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The highly-ranked Huskies are seeking their first Beanpot title since 2020.

Maureen Murphy scored two goals and Gwyneth Philips made 26 saves to lead the fifth-ranked Northeastern women’s hockey team to a 4-1 win over Boston University in a Beanpot semifinal Tuesday at Boston College’s Conte Forum.

The Huskies (26-2-1), who outshot BU, 47-25, will look to add to their record 17 Beanpot women’s titles at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday when they face the host Eagles in the final.

BC upset Northeastern in last year’s Beanpot opener.

Coach Dave Flint’s team may also have the opportunity to complete a tournament sweep. The Northeastern men defeated BU, 3-1, to advance to the final against Harvard at 7:30 p.m. Monday at TD Garden.

The Huskies won both tournaments as recently as 2020, when each team prevailed in overtime.

“We want to win that title,” said team captain Alina Mueller, who contributed a goal and an assist. “I think it comes with a lot of motivation, not with any pressure.”

The Huskies’ prolific front line of Murphy (three points), Chloé Aurard (two assists) and Mueller accounted for most of Northeastern’s scoring.

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Maureen Murphy’s two goals gave her plenty to celebrate. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

“There’s a super line on that team that’s been tough to deal with over the years,” BU coach Brian Durocher said of Mueller (18 goals, 25 assists this season), Murphy (17 and 25) and Aurard (16 and 26). The trio of graduate students ranks among the nation’s top 10 scorers. 

The Huskies opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Aurard broke up the left wing and centered a pass to Murphy, who finished with a backhand.

“Chloé is probably the fastest player in college hockey,” said Murphy, who one day earlier had been practicing 2-on-1 with Aurard.

The Terriers (10-16-3) tied the game 3 minutes into the middle period when a couple of rebounds scrambled the Huskies defense and enabled freshman Brooke Disher to beat Philips high from short range.

“Having the leadership that we do, they know how to answer,” Flint said. 

The Huskies’ response was indeed promising. Within two minutes, Mueller was controlling the puck outside the left circle and passing to Aurard, who might have blasted a first-timer. Instead, she threaded a brief cross to be finished at the far post by Murphy, whose two goals covered a combined 5 feet.

“The second one was just a great heads-up play by Alina to have that patience to wait and hit Chloé,” Murphy said. “And then I have no idea how Chloé knew I was there. So it’s really just a testament to them.”

Though the Huskies created multiple opportunities to add to their 2-1 lead while outshooting BU, 18-9, in the middle period, they weren’t able to give themselves a safe buffer until the sixth minute of the final period.

That’s when Mueller took a blue-line lateral from Murphy and helped herself to several strides before flicking the clinching goal past the right shoulder of Andrea Brändli, who also happens to be Mueller’s teammate on the Swiss national team. 

Brändli, who transferred to BU after four years at Ohio State, led all goaltenders with 242 saves at the Beijing Olympics alongside Mueller last year. She contributed 41 saves on Tuesday to keep the Terriers in it.

“I really hoped she wouldn’t score today,” said Brändli with a smile. She and Mueller met briefly before and after the game. “I wish her all the best,” Brändli said.

Before Taze Thompson finished the scoring with an empty-netter to beat the final horn, the Huskies endured an extended extra-player push from the Terriers.

“They threw everything at us and our team played really well—especially that last two minutes at six-on-five,” Flint said. “We always talk about grit with our team and that was a really gritty performance. So we’re really happy with the win and just excited to be able to play for the championship.”

Ian Thomsen is a Northeastern Global News reporter. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @IanatNU.