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I'll cherish successful trip to NI, says Kasidy

By Adam McKendry

Northeastern's Kasidy Anderson said her experience of Northern Ireland couldn't have been better after her brace helped the Huskies to a 3-1 win in the second game of the Friendship Series against the Clarkson Golden Knights at the SSE Arena.

The senior was in sparkling form for Northeastern, as was Swiss international Alina Mueller who scored their other goal.

Netminder Aerin Frankel added 23 saves for the Huskies on their way to victory, with Loren Gabel getting the only goal of the game for Clarkson.

"The experience here has been unbelievable and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," said Anderson, who scored three goals across the two games.

"We wanted to make the most of the opportunity and I think we did.

"We had so much fun and enjoyed the whole experience."

After Saturday's first game between the pair ended in a 3-3 tie, yesterday's clash became the decider to see who would come out on top in the first women's college hockey games held outside North America.

Northeastern got off to the perfect start after just 6:46 when Mueller won a face-off in the offensive zone and Anderson ripped home a one-timer for her first of the afternoon.

It was something of a shock when Clarkson levelled matters at 14:50 with practically their first attack of the game, star winger Gabel beating Frankel from the left circle.

The Golden Knights should have led at the first intermission too, however Elizabeth Giguere could only redirect Gabel's tape-to-tape pass onto the post.

Both netminders made sublime saves in a scoreless second period to keep it level going into the third, Clarkson's Kassidy Sauve denying Matti Hartman at the backdoor before Frankel produced a jaw-dropping stop to blank Michaela Pejzlova at the other end.

But Northeastern grabbed the advantage early in the third when a nice passing move saw Skylar Fontaine find the excellent Mueller in the slot and she made no mistake with a bullet of a shot for the lead at 47:19.

And Anderson made sure of the victory, faking a shot in the left circle before beating Sauve five-hole for the game-clincher with 4:07 remaining.

Clarkson head coach Matt Desrosiers added: "It's been a great experience and, although we didn't win, it was two great games of hockey for the fans."

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