North­eastern Uni­ver­sity women’s hockey coach Dave Flint has designed a defensive-​​minded game plan for beating the No. 4 Boston Col­lege Eagles, who are unde­feated in three games against the No. 6 Huskies this season.

The strategy will be tested tonight when the Hockey East rivals face off in the semi­final round of the 34th annual Women’s Beanpot Tour­na­ment at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena. The winner will play for the Beanpot Cham­pi­onship on Feb. 7.

Prior to the matchup, Flint described the prin­ci­ples of the defen­sive approach. “We can’t give them a lot of space in the neu­tral zone because they attack with speed,” he explained. “We can’t be afraid to have our defense step up into the play to limit their chances.”

Junior for­ward Casey Pickett, who has 15 goals and 21 assists in 25 games this season, agreed with her coach. As she put it, “They have a lot of quick for­wards, so the better we are at slowing them down, the less chances they’ll have in front of the net.”

North­eastern has a good reason to believe in its defense: Over the last 11 games, the Huskies have only allowed 16 goals.

Senior goal­tender Flo­rence Schelling is a big reason for the team’s suc­cess. The puck-​​stopper is toting a stingy 1.54 goals against average and .944 save per­centage in 22 games this season.

The most suc­cessful team is the team with the hot goalie,” Flint said. “We have to rely on her.”

Added Picket: “She’s the back­bone of our team and keeps us in a lot of games.”

The Huskies, who average 3.6 goals per game, can also win by putting the puck in the net.

Pickett and freshman for­ward Kendall Coyne, who leads the team in scoring with 22 goals and 17 assists in only 23 con­tests, have accounted for roughly 33 per­cent of the team’s offen­sive output.

Teams have taken notice,” Flint said of his offen­sive stars. “They’re so fast and so dynamic.”

He has lofty expec­ta­tions for the remainder of the season, like win­ning Hockey East and making a deep run through the NCAA Tour­na­ment, which begins in March.

I think we realize that we can beat any­body,” said Flint, noting that his team has devel­oped the con­fi­dence to match up against any club in the country. “We’re a lot better now than we were ear­lier in the season.”