The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity women’s hockey team won 22 games last season, but lost in the semi­final round of the Hockey East play­offs and failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Head coach Dave Flint char­ac­ter­ized last season’s dis­ap­pointing end as a moti­vating factor for this year’s squad, which is ranked No. 10 in the nation in United States Col­lege Hockey Online pre­season poll.

They know how close they have been the last two years and now they’re ready to take that next step,” Flint explained in a pre­season inter­view. “I have high expec­ta­tions because I know what we are capable of accomplishing.”

The Huskies will have their first chance to show off their new­found grit when they open the reg­ular season on Friday at Colgate.

This season’s roster will fea­ture three freshmen and a new starting goal­tender. Sopho­more goalie Chloe Des­jardins, who won two games and sported a sleek 2.01 goals against average as a freshman, will take over net-​​minding duties from Flo­rence Schelling, who was drafted by the Mon­treal Stars of the Cana­dian Women’s Hockey League.

Flint praised his new starting goalie’s ath­leti­cism and drive to win. “Her work ethic is unmatched,” he said, “and she has a really high com­pete level.”

Last season Northeastern’s offense outscored oppo­nents 104 to 51. This year’s team should find the back of the net with sim­ilar ease.

Incoming freshman for­ward Paige Savage will skate with Kendall Coyne and Casey Pickett on Northeastern’s top line and could chal­lenge the duo for offen­sive supremacy on the score sheet. Pickett and Coyne accounted for one-​​third of the team’s offense last season, com­bining to tally 44 goals and 42 assists.

Paige is a power for­ward with a scoring touch,” Flint has said of the team’s new offen­sive star, who scored 30 points in 27 games in the Junior Women’s Hockey League. “She will give us some much-​​needed size and strength up front.”

Flint can’t wait for the puck to drop on the reg­ular season. He has good reason to believe in the red and black’s chances of raising a Hockey East Cham­pi­onship banner this spring.

We’re fun to watch and we play a wide-​​open and very aggres­sive style of hockey,” Flint said. “We’ll use our speed to our advan­tage and it will be tough to con­tain us.”