Charleston ends MBB’s five-game winning streak

by Milton Posner

CHARLESTON, S.C — TD Arena, when full, seats 5,100 fans. Saturday night’s game fell a few hundred fans shy of that figure.

But as the second-place Northeastern Huskies and third-place Charleston Cougars fought through the home stretch, you’d be forgiven for thinking the arena could seat 15,000.

Those fans left with exactly what they came for, as the Cougars bested the Huskies, 88–79, behind All-CAA First Teamers Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley. Charleston avenged a 69–60 loss to the Huskies last month by snapping a five-game Husky winning streak. Despite the loss, Northeastern has won nine of its last 11 contests.

The win brought Charleston (21-7, 10–5) to within a half-game of Northeastern (16-10, 10–4 CAA) in the CAA standings. Northeastern has four regular-season conference games remaining; Charleston has three.

Riller, fresh off a 43-point explosion against Hofstra on Thursday, conjured up 33 points and six rebounds. He hit all eight of his free throws, including four in overtime that iced the game. Much of his damage came via a torrent of drives to the basket mixed with the occasional fadeaway jumper.

“Without a doubt, he’s a first-team all-conference player,” Northeastern head coach Bill Coen remarked after the game. “He’s gonna compete with [Hofstra guard] Justin Wright-Foreman for Player of the Year.

Brantley, outshone by Riller for the second straight game, nonetheless turned in a gem, racking up 27 points and 11 rebounds in 41 minutes. When the Cougars came to Boston in January, Bolden Brace and the swarming Husky defense held Brantley to 13 points and forced him into six turnovers. He was ready this time.

“I stayed away from the post touches so they couldn’t double,” he explained. “When they did, I knew how they were going to double this time.”

Husky guard Vasa Pusica, who missed Thursday’s win over UNCW due to illness, tallied an efficient 25 points in 39 minutes, though he did commit six turnovers. Brace (13 points, 11 rebounds), Donnell Gresham Jr., (12 points, six rebounds), Anthony Green (10 points) and Tomas Murphy (nine points) also made significant contributions.

The Cougars built an 11-point lead in the first half, but the Huskies closed the gap after Riller exited with two fouls. The half concluded with an electrifying exchange, as Pusica hit an awkward, twisting three with four seconds left.

Cougar guard Marquese Pointer, not to be outdone, took the inbounds pass and buried one from the halfcourt line to beat the halftime buzzer. The Husky lead was two entering the break.

Northeastern increased its inside touches during the second half in response to faltering three-point shooting (10–17 from deep in the first half, 3–13 in the second). Pusica went back and forth with Riller and Brantley over the final five minutes of regulation, hitting difficult shots to match the Charleston tandem.

But ultimately Charleston’s offensive rebounding (15 second-chance points to Northeastern’s six) and free-throw shooting (20 makes to Northeastern’s six) wore the Huskies down.

Northeastern’s next contest comes at home against James Madison on Thursday. Matt MacCormack and Milton Posner will be live with the call at 6:45 PM ET.

Huskies open series with a 4-1 over Catamounts

The Northeastern men’s hockey team came out with a hard fought 4-1 win vs Vermont at Matthews Arena on Friday night. The win comes after the team won their second Beanpot in as many years on Monday night

The Huskies entered the night tied for fifth in the Hockey East standings with just four points separating teams three thru eight. The top 4 teams capture a home quarterfinal in the Hockey East playoffs.

Vermont entered the day in ninth, 5 points behind Maine for the last Hockey east playoff spot.

“It was not a pretty win, we talked about how it was going to be a hard game. Their a good team and are fighting for playoff opportunities. We are fighting for playoffs and hopefully home ice, so is was not going to be pretty. We stuck to it in the third period and found a way to win and get the two points. At this stage of the season points are really critical and those were two quality points that we needed to get,” said Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan.

Early on in the game, sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau came up big for the Huskies stopping 16 Vermont shots in the first period.

“Without Cayden Primeau in the net we do not get out of the first period 0-0. We are probably down 2, 3-0. He gave us a chance to win and gave us a chance to find our legs which we did not have in the first period,” said Madigan

It was Vermont who got on the board first after Northeastern turned it over and sophomore forwardAlex Esposito took a feed from junior Matt Alvaro on a 2 on 1 opportunity early in the first.

The Huskies would fight their way back in it on a shot from the point from Ryan Shea that had traffic in front of the net from junior forward John Picking.

After two periods Northeastern was being outshot 25-12.

Just over four minutes into the third junior goaltender Matt Filipe pounced on his own rebound after a nice zone entry from junior defenseman Jeremy Davies, and a feed from junior forward Grant Jozefek.

Picking, who was a key part in Northeastern’s first goal of the night, capitalized on a 2-1 opportunity late in the third to build the Huskies lead. Picking decided to shoot rather than pass and got the puck behind Vermont goaltender junior goaltender Stefanos Lekkas.

Lekkas led Hockey East with a .931 save percentage entering the night.

“He [Picking] is a young man who has not played in 10-15 days. He has not practiced since the 31st of December,” said Madigan.

Senior forward Lincoln Griffin would add an empty net goal.

The Huskies and the Catamounts are back in action at Matthews arena tomorrow night at 7pm. WRBB will have full coverage beginning at 6:45pm.

Shorthanded Huskies Shoot Down Seahawks, 81–77

by Milton Posner

WILMINGTON, N.C — When Northeastern and UNCW face off, it always seems like the basketball gods are leaning on the fast-forward button.

Teams mount frantic runs and transition basketball becomes the norm.

Amid the scramble and hustle, the Huskies pulled out a win over the Seahawks, 81–77, Thursday night at Trask Coliseum. It was Northeastern’s fifth consecutive win and their ninth in 10 games.

The Huskies were without CAA Player of the Year runner-up Vasa Pusica (illness) and Defensive Player of the Year Shawn Occeus (leg).

“Couldn’t be more proud of this group,” Coen said after the final buzzer. “They’ve dealt with adversity all year long — injuries, illnesses and so on. Tonight was another example of that.”

The Huskies’ box score reveals a stark reversal from their last time out against Elon. While that game saw three Huskies score 64 of the team’s 72 points, tonight’s contest yielded six Huskies scoring at least eight. Particularly notable were Jordan Roland (19 points), Donnell Gresham (17 points, four rebounds, four assists), Bo Brace (16 points, six rebounds, three assists) and Anthony Green (12 points, 11 rebounds).

The Seahawk stat lines were similarly even, with Jeantal Cylla (19 points, six rebounds), Kai Toews (17 points, 10 assists) and Ty Gadsden (14 points) taking charge. All-CAA First Teamer Devontae Cacok went to the bench midway through the first half with two fouls and never got his footing. He finished with six points on just seven attempts, something UNCW head coach C.B. McGrath attributed to the Husky defense in general and Green in particular.

“We wanted to get the ball to Devontae because we were hoping that they would go down and double team,” McGrath explained. “They did sometimes; then he had to find the open man. They did a nice job of rotating over to the open man, and so we didn’t get the normal looks that we usually do when they double team.”

The teams fought to a draw for much of the first half. But shortly after Cacok headed to the bench, the Seahawks took off. Led by Cylla, they closed the half on an 18–5 burst.

“We made some mental errors in the first half,” Coen remarked. “We didn’t really get in and around the basket, just kind stayed out of the perimeter. We weren’t sharing the ball at a high rate.”

But Northeastern emerged from the locker room with newfound focus. They forced the Seahawks to abandon their usual up-tempo offense in favor of a more deliberate pace. An 11-point halftime margin was trimmed to a one-possession lead within a few minutes, and Northeastern reclaimed the lead for good with just over six minutes to play.

“The second half was about as gritty as we’ve played all year long,” Coen said. “We got back to playing the type of basketball we like to, with good ball movement and good player movement. It wasn’t perfect, but I thought our guys hung together and hung tough.”

The Huskies’ victory also extended a remarkable run of symmetry. The Huskies won their two previous games — against William & Mary and Elon — by a 72–60 margin. As if that weren’t enough, tonight’s game marked the second consecutive 81–77 win over UNCW in Wilmington.

The Huskies will head to Charleston for a Saturday afternoon showdown with the Cougars. Charleston had an equally eventful Thursday night, losing a 99–95 slugfest to the Hofstra Pride. CAA Player of the Year Justin-Wright Foreman (30 points), Eli Pemberton (25 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Jacquil Taylor (12 points, eight rebounds) topped Grant Riller’s 43-point (17–25 FG), four-rebound, six-assist gem and Jarrell Brantley’s 25-point, nine-rebound display.

Hofstra (12–1 CAA) leads Northeastern (10–3 CAA) by two games, while Northeastern leads Charleston (9–5 CAA) by a game-and-a-half.

Northeastern will look to increase that gap on Saturday. Milton Posner and Matt Neiser will be on the call starting at 3:45 ET.

Northeastern brings home the Beanpot for the second straight year

BOSTON, MA – After erasing a 30-year drought with a Beanpot title win last season, the Huskies skated to a 4-2 victory over Boston College to win back-to-back titles for the first time since 1984 and 1985.

Fittingly, senior forward and Walpole, Mass. native Lincoln Griffin scored the game winning goal early in the third period of his final Beanpot. Sophomore goaltender had an outstanding effort and was awarded with the Eberly Award for the best goaltender in the tournament and the Most Valuable Player award.

The Eagles thought they had the first goal of the contest about six minutes into the game; David Cotton had fired a shot on Primeau that he was not able to play completely cleanly. While trying to clear his crease, freshman forward Oliver Wahlstrom came barreling in trying to play the puck past the goal line; he knocked the net off its bearings in the process and the official declared no goal was scored. A nearly seven-minute review confirmed that the net came loose before the puck crossed the goal line, and the game remained scoreless.

Scoring opened up at 19:21 of the first period. The Huskies had been testing junior goaltender Joseph Woll throughout the entire first period, especially on odd-man rushes and quick plays up the ice. Freshman defenseman Jordan Harris fired a shot wide of the net that was scooped by Griffin; the senior then attempted to wrap the puck around the post on the far-side from Harris’s shot, and Woll was able to make the initial save. However, he did not cleanly control the puck, and senior forward Austin Plevy was able to jam the loose puck past Woll and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Northeastern.

No one would find the back of the net again until senior forward Pat Schule took a pass from fellow senior forward Liam Pecararo from behind the net and rifled a shot past Woll from the left hash marks. It was Schule’s ninth goal of the season and his second Beanpot goal this year.

Griffin found the back of the net for his first Beanpot tally just over a minute into the third period. Pecararo took aim on Woll and fired a shot on net; Woll made the save, but the rebound came right to Griffin who deposited the puck in the back of the net and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The tides would immediately turn and the Eagles took commanding control of play the remainder of regulation. At the 4:09 mark Wahlstrom found himself behind the net with the puck and had Cotton all alone right in front of the crease. A crisp pass found its way to Cotton and he was able to tip it home on an unsuspecting Primeau. Cotton would get the primary assist on the other BC goal of the evening when he found sophomore forward JD Dudek at 12:14 of the third. Dudek and Cotton combined for more dangerous scoring chances, but Primeau was able to blank the Eagles the rest of the way.

The icing of the cake came with less than 40 seconds in regulation; junior forward Matt Filipe made a great defensive zone play to get the puck to the Boston College side of the ice. With Joe Woll on the bench for the extra skater, the crowd began to cheer in anticipation of an empty net goal. Filipe couldn’t free the puck from the corner as the Eagles backchecked ferociously to try and regain possession.

They did not.

Sophomore forward Zach Solow, shot out of a cannon, appeared in space behind Matt Filipe and in front of the empty Boston College net. The puck found its way to the stick of the kid from Naples, Fla. and he dumped it in BC’s goal with five seconds remaining in the game.

After one more faceoff, time would expire and the Huskies would celebrate another Beanpot championship. The banner was lowered and the Northeastern addition was re-affixed, the fans continued to cheer on their team, and the players and coached shared hugs and handshakes for a well-earned title.

Northeastern now has six Beanpot titles to their name and became the first team to repeat as Beanpot champions since Boston College won five in a row between 2010 and 2014. Boston University’s Beanpot drought has extended to four seasons, and Boston College’s to three.

The Huskies now enter the final weeks of the Hockey East regular season and will host Vermont at Historic Matthews Arena this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop for both games is set for 7pm, and WRBB will have full coverage beginning at 6:45 both nights.

Men’s Basketball Outlasts Elon in OT, 72-60

by Milton Posner

A few things are certain when Northeastern and Elon meet up. Bolden Brace will light up the nets. The game will head into overtime. The Huskies will win.

Saturday afternoon’s contest was no different. Inexplicable and frantic though it was, normalcy finally prevailed when the Huskies topped the Phoenix, 72–60.

“Somehow we got the game into overtime,” Coen said. “And when the overtime came it was Bo time.”

The game boasted frequent momentum shifts, with each team’s turnovers fueling the other’s hot streaks.

“[It] kept them hanging around,” Coen observed. “You keep giving them a chance to climb back into the game and eventually they will. We were very, very fortunate to earn a victory today.”

Northeastern opened up a nine-point lead in the first half and an eight-point margin in the second half. Both times, Elon closed the gap by the end of the period.

Brace, Vasa Pusica and Jordan Roland combined for 64 of Northeastern’s 72 points, 43 of their 59 field goal attempts and all 14 of their free throw attempts. Brace is no stranger to torching the Phoenix; he notched 40 points and a team-record 10 threes against them two years ago in a double-overtime win.

Brace had a terrific defensive game, adding 14 rebounds. He’s also developed a knack for silencing All-CAA forwards, starting with Charleston star Jarrell Brantley on Jan. 17 and continuing on Saturday with Elon’s Tyler Seibring. Seibring normally averages 17 points on a cool 53 percent shooting; Brace limited him to three points on an abysmal 1–17 shooting.

Coen credited Brace.

“Bo and Jason [Strong] did a really solid job on him,” Coen noted. “Keeping him off his sweet spots and making sure they had a hand in his face every time he shot the ball.”

Brace credited Coen.

“We had a really good walkthrough today,” he recalled. “Coaches put together some really good film and we kinda knew what they were going to run.

“Tyler’s a really versatile player, so one of the biggest things for me when I’m guarding him is trying to limit his three-point attempts. I think I did a pretty good job of that today. When he got it down low we had good help and it was a really good defensive team effort.”

Northeastern benefitted from Elon’s 3–10 effort from the foul line and 35 percent shooting from the floor. Steven Santa Ana, Elon’s second-leading scorer, posted 12 points and seven rebounds but struggled from the perimeter, hitting just one three in seven tries.

Second-place Northeastern (15–9, 9–3 CAA) has won four in a row and eight of their last nine. The Huskies held place ahead of Charleston — which escaped Drexel, 86–84 — and behind Hofstra, which triumphed over William and Mary, 93–87, behind 48 points from Justin Wright-Foreman.

“They know what time it is,” Coen remarked of the impending conference tournament. “They look at the calendar and they see it’s February and it’s getting to ‘go time.’ We’ve got a veteran group of guys that’s been there before and is hungry to get back.

The Huskies will be back in action on Thursday night at UNCW. Milton Posner and Matt Neiser will be on the call, with pregame coverage starting at 6:45 p.m for a lovely Valentine’s Day matchup.

Huskies outlast Tribe for third straight win

by Matthew MacCormack

It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy, but the Northeastern men’s basketball team picked up its seventh win in eight games Thursday night at Matthews Arena, outlasting a comeback effort from William & Mary for a 72-60 victory.

Redshirt senior point guard Vasa Pusica — the reigning CAA Player of the Week — led the way with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, as the Huskies picked up their third straight win. Five different Huskies scored in double digits, and center Anthony Green (9 points) almost added to that total.

“That’s who we are,” said Northeastern head coach Bill Coen.

“That’s what we’re built on — sharing the basketball — and luckily it shows up on the stat sheet.”

William & Mary’s star junior center Nathan Knight led the Tribe (9-15, 5-7 CAA) with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. He also coughed up five turnovers, which was a team-wide problem for the Tribe, as they surrendered 20 turnovers as a team.

Pusica put up a highlight play with 11:32 to go in the second half, throwing the ball off the back of a W&M opponent with one second left on the shot clock, grabbing the loose ball and throwing up a circus shot to beat the buzzer.

Junior guard Shawn Occeus missed his second straight game with a lower leg injury.

The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, with the Elon Phoenix coming to Matthews Arena. Justin Littman and Milton Posner will have the call, with pregame coverage beginning at 3:45 p.m.

Terriers defeat Northeastern 4-3 in shootout to advance to Beanpot Championship game

BOSTON, MA – After 65 minutes of hockey, the Northeastern women’s hockey team lost, 4-3, in a shootout in four rounds to Boston University.

Senior defender Reagan Rust sent the Terriers to their second consecutive Beanpot final by roofing a wrist shot against sophomore goaltender Aerin Frankel in the back half of the fourth round of the shootout. Both teams entered overtime with three goals a piece; despite the best efforts of freshman forward Alina Mueller and a number of other Northeastern forwards, both goaltenders stood tall.

Scoring opened up at 11:28 into the first period when sophomore defender Skylar Fontaine tapped home a loose puck near the crease of sophomore goaltender Corinne Schroeder. Fontaine had moved the puck into the offensive zone and threw a shot towards the net. Working down low with freshman forward Mia Brown, Fontaine ended up finding the puck with enough room behind Schroeder to put the Huskies up 1-0.

BU was able to equalize the score at 3:41 in the second period. Freshman forward Mackenna Parker tipped home a seeing eye shot from junior defender Breanna Scarpaci for her 10th goal of the year. Sophomore forward Veronika Pettey put Northeastern back up by one when she tallied her 13th goal of the season on the power play. Pettey extended her point-scoring streak against the Terriers to 6 games.

Junior forward and Pembroke, Mass native Sammy Davis responded with a power play goal of her own to tie things back up at 11:10 in the second period. NU outshout BU 10-5 in the second period but Schroeder made some acrobatic saves to keep the Terriers in the game.

17 seconds into the final period Mueller scored her 15th of the year to put the Huskies back up for their third lead of the game. Facing another year without a varsity Beanpot title, the Terriers were able to rally and score at the 2:12 mark when sophomore forward Jesse Compher scored her seventh career point against Northeastern to tie the game at 3-3.

A five minute overtime would come and go featuring a plethora of scoring opportunities, particularly from Northeastern.

The game would ultimately go to a shootout as per women’s Beanpot rules. The first round would come and go without either side scoring. In the second round, Alina Mueller scored and Frankel got the stop for Northeastern. With the chance to win the game for Northeastern, freshman forward Chloe Aurard was unable to convert on her shootout chance. Sophomore forward Nara Elia was able to beat Frankel, and the shootout entered extra frames tied.

Pettey was unable to defeat Schroeder, and with the game on her stick, senior captain Rust sent the fans home and the Terriers to the final next week.

Northeastern will play the winner of the Boston College/Harvard game next week. Before that they will have a game against Merrimack on Friday at Historic Matthews Arena with puck drop set for 7pm.

Tyler Madden’s overtime breakaway heroics send Northeastern to the Beanpot Championship game

BOSTON, MA – The moniker “Heart-Attack Huskies” may have been revived for some older fans of Northeastern hockey, as the Huskies needed another set of overtime heroics from freshman forward Tyler Madden to defeat Boston University, 2-1, and advance to the Beanpot final.

It was a perfect scene for the first Monday of February – a beautiful day, packed student sections, and two long-standing rivals looking for blood. Just under a year ago Northeastern defeated Boston University at TD Garden for their first Beanpot title in 30 years. Today, they had the chance to defend it against the very team who had given them fits for decades. Leave it to two kids, one from New York and one from Florida, to score both Husky goals in Boston’s most historic hockey tournament.

Scoring began at 3:14 into the first period when senior forward Patrick Schule turned the fruits of his forechecking labor into his eight goal of the year. Schule pressed hard in the offensive zone to force BU to turn the puck over. With senior forward Liam Pecararo able to find a loose puck in the offensive zone, Schule got himself open in front of junior goaltender Jake Oettinger. Pecararo fed Schule across the ice and the Queens, New York native put Northeastern up early.

A series of minor penalties put Northeastern back on their heels, but ultimately the Huskies were able to kill them off and hold their 1-0 lead. All-in-all, Northeastern would kill four power plays and lean heavily on sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau.

With 21 seconds left in the first period, freshman forward Joel Farabee gave the Terriers their first score of the night. Farabee would end up having one of the best games of any skater on either team.

In the second period Northeastern gave up two separate breakaway chances both to Farabee. Both times Cayden Primeau was able to get out in front of his crease and shut him down.

The second period featured plenty of offense from Northeastern but nothing past Oettinger. After Farabee’s goal, another tally wouldn’t be scored in regulation.

Both teams had a fair number of chances and the Huskies had multiple sequences where Madde, Schule, Pecararo and others all seemed to be on the cusp of netting the game winner.

It wasn’t until after the puck was dropped in overtime that another goal would be scored. Junior defenseman Jeremy Davies expertly flung a pass from within his own zone to Tyler Madden on the far side of the ice. Madden turned his breakaway chance into one he would never forget by putting the puck past Oettinger to send Northeastern to the Beanpot Championship game next weekend.

The Huskies will face off against Boston College on Monday, February 11. Before that, Northeastern will face UConn in a Hockey East matchup on Thursday.

Northeastern is attempting to repeat as Beanpot Champions for the first time since 1984-85.

Huskies end Hofstra’s 16-game winning streak

by Justin Littman

BOSTON, Ma. — With the hottest team in the nation coming to Matthews Arena, Northeastern (13-9, 7-3 CAA) was able to take care of business, snapping Hofstra’s (19-4, 9-1 CAA) 16 game winning streak by a final of 75-61. The Huskies, shorthanded without Shawn Occeus, were able to contain the Pride’s offense and get revenge on a loss from last month. Back in January, Justin Wright-Foreman knocked down a game-winning three just in front of half court as the buzzer sounded.

This game was back and forth early, with 10 lead changes in the first twelve minutes. A tightly officiated half resulted in both leading scorers Vasa Pusica (16.0 ppg) and Wright-Foreman (26.0 ppg) picking up two fouls early on. Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich opted to keep Wright-Foreman on the bench with the foul trouble, while Pusica continued to see time on the court. Pusica’s role was pivotal, and he helped the Huskies build an eight point lead going into the half. Pusica scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half.

“He’s an experienced player…if you let a player like that sit and marinate on the bench sometimes they don’t get it going again so you want to make sure they stay in touch with the game”, remarked head coach Bill Coen after the game.

The Pride shot just 32% from the field in the first half, and struggled to get anything going in the second. Hofstra did not make a three for the first 18 minutes of the second half, and frustration mounted as Northeastern extended the lead to double digits. Technical fouls by guard Eli Pemberton and Mihalich helped Northeastern get additional points at the free throw line, and the Huskies lead swelled to as much as 21 points.

Northeastern did an admirable job defensively, and much of the effort was led by Donnell Gresham. Gresham drew the primary matchup with Wright-Foreman, and contained him throughout the night. Northeastern limited second chance points and transition opportunities, and Hofstra finished with zero fast break points.

Gresham also had a big game on the offensive end, scoring 18 points and knocking down 4 three pointers. Bolden Brace scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds, and Jordan Roland, who was held scoreless through the first 33 minutes, finished with 10 points.

For Hofstra, Wright-Foreman was unable to find a rhythm, finishing the game with 15 points (5-14 FG). Second leading scorer Eli Pemberton also struggled, and finished the game with just 9 points. Senior guard Desure Buie did his best to keep Hofstra in the game, but his 22 points were not enough with the struggles of his teammates.

Northeastern has now won 6 of their last 7, and they gain a game on Hofstra in the CAA standings. The Huskies trail the Pride in the CAA standings by two games. Next week, Northeastern will play two more at Matthews Arena, hosting William & Mary on Thursday and Elon on Saturday.

Lowell avoids season sweep by Northeastern with 3-1 victory

BOSTON, MA – In their final contest before the Beanpot on Monday, the Northeastern men’s hockey team was defeated by the UMass Lowell Riverhawks, 3-1.

The first period would come and go without either team scoring a goal. Neither team found the back of the net and there were no power play chances between the two teams. The Huskies were able to get a few high-danger scoring chances, particularly some shots on goal from right in front of the crease from junior forward Matt Filipe. The Riverhawks tallied 19 total shot attempts, putting nine on sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau.

In the middle frame scoring finally opened up with a power play tally for the Riverhawks. Junior forward Kenny Hausinger notched his ninth goal of the season tipping home a drive from outside the slot to beat Cayden Primeau. Northeastern would go on the power play twice in the second period and managed five shots on junior goaltender Tyler Wall; none of them would beat the Ontario native as his reflexes were up to the task of fighting off sophomore forward Zach Solow and senior forward Brandon Hawkins.

Northeastern would net its only goal of the evening at 8:24 of the 3rd period. Junior defenseman Jeremy Davies ripped two booming shots from high in the slot, both of which deflected off Lowell skaters. The second rebound came to Brandon Hawkins, who rifled a shot past Wall who was screened skillfully by Solow.

Later in the third period, junior defenseman Mattias Goransson shot the puck towards the net and Primeau was able to make the initial save. The rebound found its way onto the stick of junior forward Ryan Lohin, who tallied his tenth goal of the season to put the Riverhawks up permanently.

An empty netter from Reid Stefanson at 19:36 of the third would ice the game and send the fans to their cars. The Huskies dropped to fourth in the Hockey East standing Lowell has now found themselves at third in the conference. Four points continue to separate the #2 and #7 seeds in the conference playoffs.

Northeastern will be back in action on Monday, February 4, at 8pm when they face Boston University in the first round of the Beanpot. WRBB will have full coverage at 7:45pm. Joe Barbito, Patrick Milne and Christian Skroce will be on the call.