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Anderson's double leads Northeastern to Friendship Series victory over Clarkson

Clarkson Golden Knights 1-3 Northeastern Huskies

By Adam McKendry

Kasidy Anderson's brace helped the #3 Northeastern Huskies to a 3-1 win over #5 Clarkson Golden Knights in the second game of the inaugural Friendship Series at the SSE Arena.

Having tied Saturday's opening game 3-3, Sunday's meeting was the decider between the two teams and Anderson's double proved to be the difference between the two teams, the senior grabbing the game's first and last goals.

Netminder Aerin Frankel kept Clarkson out at the other end with 23 saves, while Loren Gabel was in excellent form for the Golden Knights, grabbing their only goal of the game.

The Huskies were first out of the blocks in the opening period, and when Andrea Renner burst out of the box after serving an early penalty she nearly beat Kassidy Sauve in the Clarkson goal on the breakaway, only for the netminder to stop it on the line.

But Northeastern did take the lead from the resulting face-off, Alina Mueller winning the draw and Anderson ripping a one-timer over Sauve's blocker side at 6:46 for the opener.

With the bit between their teeth, the Huskies piled on the pressure as Veronika Pettey saw a shot deflected wide and Skylar Fontaine had a good effort blocked away by Sauve.

And at the other end, with their first real chance, the Golden Knights brought it level when star winger Gabel brought the puck to the left circle and picked her spot over Aerin Frankel's blocker side at 14:50.

That shifted the momentum and Clarkson were unlucky not to lead at the first intermission when Elizabeth Giguere could only hit the post after Gabel's tape-to-tape pass on a three-on-one.

Once again it was Northeastern who were the stronger to start the second period, with Sauve making an unbelievable stop to keep it tied when Fontaine set up Matti Hartman at the backdoor.

Everything good the Golden Knights were doing came through the excellent Gabel, although she should have tested Frankel when she was put through one-on-one, with the goalie saving well from Michaela Pejzlova on the rebound.

The same two linked up just before the end of the period as well, and Pejzlova should have put Clarkson in front when Gabel set her up for the backdoor play, only for Frankel to make a simply sublime save to blank her.

Northeastern had a great chance shortly after the start of the third period when, on the penalty kill, Mueller and Chloe Aurard went on the breakaway and the latter was denied five-hole on the backhand by Sauve.

But once again the Huskies' strong start to the period was rewarded when they retook the lead at 47:19 when Fontaine found Mueller in the slot and the Swiss international made no mistake with the one-timer.

Although the Golden Knights pressed for the equaliser, they found Frankel in typically tough to beat form, with the netminder saving well from Cassidy Vinkle when the Clarkson captain found some space in the slot.

But the game was put to bed by Anderson when she got her second with 4:07 remaining, the winger faking a shot in the left circle to open up the shooting lane and beating Sauve five-hole with the wrist shot.

First star: Alina Mueller (Northeastern; 1 goal, 1 assist)

Second star: Loren Gabel (Clarkson; 1 goal)

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