Huskies skate to extra-inning tie with New Hampshire at Fenway

By: Dan McLoone

BOSTON- The Northeastern men’s ice hockey team picked up a valuable point in the Hockey East standings at Fenway Park on Saturday night, skating to a 2-2 tie with New Hampshire in the second game of the Frozen Fenway festivities.

The Huskies struck first, as Adam Gaudette pounced on a loose puck during a scrum in the crease just under seven minutes into the game. The power play tally was Gaudette’s 11th goal of the year.

The Wildcats evened the score four minutes later, as Ara Nazarian took advantage of an out-of-position Ryan Ruck to tie the game at one. UNH took a 2-1 lead halfway through the second period when Shane Eiserman beat Ruck for his fourth goal of the season.

Trailing late in the second, Jeremy Davies took a Zach Aston-Reese pass on the blue line and slotted it home into the bottom right corner of the net to tie the game at two. Aston-Reese extended his career-long points streak to 11 games, finishing with two assists on the evening, while Dylan Sikura picked up two assists of his own.

The Huskies improve to 7-10-5 overall and 1-8-3 in Hockey East play, but still sit at the bottom of the conference. Northeastern will get back in action next weekend, as the Huskies play a home-and-home series against Merrimack. Complete coverage of both games will be provided on WRBB.

 

Towson snaps MBB’s win streak, 74-67

Towson's William Adala Moto tallied 24 points and seven boards to lift the Tigers over NU (Image credit: pressboxonline.com)
Towson’s William Adala Moto tallied 24 points and seven boards to lift the Tigers over NU (Image credit: pressboxonline.com)

By: Justin Littman

The Towson Tigers defeated Northeastern 74-67 to end the Huskies’ win streak at eight. The Tigers  jumped out to an early lead and led wire-to-wire to win their second consecutive game. The Huskies struggled to find answers for forward William Adala Moto, who finished the game with 24 points and seven rebounds.

The game started out sloppy for Northeastern (12-6, 5-1 CAA), who committed eight turnovers in the first 11 minutes. Towson (10-9, 2-4 CAA) took full advantage, jumping out to a 27-11 lead. The Tigers scored thirteen points off of turnovers in the first half.

TJ Williams helped the Huskies claw back to a ten-point deficit by halftime, scoring 14 points on a perfect 6-6 from the field in the first half. He finished the game with 18 points.

Northeastern continued to fight in the second half. Two threes by Bolden Brace and a triple by Devon Begley sparked a 13-0 run to cut the Towson lead to 49-47 with just over 11 minutes remaining. The Huskies would cut the deficit to just one possession a few more times throughout the game, but would never make it all the way back.

Mike Morsell delivered the dagger with just 1:22 to go. A three pointer from the left wing pushed Towson out to a 68-62 lead. It was the only basket he made in the game.

Devon Begley finished the game with 15 points on 5-7 shooting, while Alex Murphy contributed 13 points to go along with eight rebounds.

Up next for the Huskies is a rematch with the Delaware Blue Hens. The game will be on Thursday evening in Delaware. The Huskies set a school record by making 21 three-pointers the last time these teams met.

Northeastern conquers Drexel for eighth straight

In a scrappy CAA contest Thursday night in Boston, the Northeastern Huskies held off Drexel, 92-75, to extend an 8-game winning streak.  The Huskies bettered their conference record to 5-0 behind yet another top-notch performance by senior guard and CAA Player of the Year candidate T.J. Williams.  

Williams had a relatively quiet first half, scoring just 8 points on 3-6 shooting as the entire team struggled to get its offense going.  Northeastern’s bigs had a tough time containing Drexel’s star forward Rodney Williams as well as his front court mate Austin Williams for a majority of the opening half and Drexel hung around, going into the break down just six.

However, a couple of big three pointers by freshman guard Shawn Occeus got NU off to a hot second half start and Williams took over from there.  He scored 22 second half points to finish with 30 on the night to go along with eight rebounds and seven dimes.  In doing so, Williams remains the only player in the nation to have scored at least 16 points in every game this season. 

Freshman forward Max Boursiquot played a huge role off the bench for Northeastern, scoring 17 points on 7-7 shooting and pulling down 11 boards.  Occeus and guard Devon Begley (nine assists) contributed 4 three pointers each,

Swingman Sammy Mojica led the Dragons in scoring with 18 points, and freshman point guard Kurk Lee recorded 11 points to go along with five steals.  

The Huskies’ next contest is this Saturday at Towson. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.

Late rally leads New Hampshire to 5-3 win over Northeastern

By: Dan McLoone

DURHAM, N.H. – The Northeastern men’s ice hockey team dropped their third-straight game on Thursday night, allowing the game’s last four goals and dropping a 5-3 game to the University of New Hampshire.

Northeastern took an early lead, as UNH goalie Danny Tirone fell down on the ice just 4:18 into the game, leaving a wide-open net for Zach Aston-Reese to fire the puck into from the blue line. John Stevens extended the lead three minutes later, poking home a centering pass from Eric Williams on the power play for his third goal of the year.

Brendan Van Riemsdyk cut the lead in half just 10 seconds later, slotting a puck past Ryan Ruck to make it 2-1. Aston-Reese netted his second goal of the game six minutes into the second period, good for his nation-leading 21st of the season.

It was all downhill from there for the Huskies, as Jason Salvaggio scored during 4-on-4 play late in the second period to cut the Northeastern lead to 3-2. It was the first of four unanswered goals for the Wildcats, as heavy offensive pressure in the third period led to freshman Patrick Grasso scoring with 6:37 left in the game.

With both teams looking for a fourth goal, Marcus Vela found paydirt with just 2:04 left to give UNH their first lead of the night. Grasso netted his second of the evening on an empty netter in the last seconds of the game to add to the comeback.

Northeastern falls to 7-10-4 overall and 1-8-2 in Hockey East play. The two teams will be back in action on Saturday at Fenway Park as the second game of the Frozen Fenway series, with puck drop scheduled for 5 p.m. Full coverage will be available on WRBB.

 

Huskies win their seventh straight, beat JMU 64-54

BOSTON- Northeastern wasn’t able to light it up from behind the arc like last time out but played well enough to earn a 64-54 win against a JMU team that had won four straight games heading into Matthews Arena.

“Every game’s not going to be like it was against Delaware on Thursday night… You have to continue to shoot with confidence and we had to continue to share the basketball and I thought we did that in the second half,” said Huskies’ head coach Bill Coen.

After a back-and-forth first ten minutes with both teams going on several runs and scoring droughts, Northeastern took the lead with just under 10 minutes left in the first half and held on comfortably for the rest of the evening.

The Dukes got within three in the second half but a three pointer near the 13-minute mark from freshman guard Bolden Brace gave the Huskies a six-point lead and they held JMU at bay keeping it at least a two-possession game the rest of the way.

“Every time we seemed to get it back where we were in fighting range, they would make a play,” said JMU head coach Louis Rowe

Nineteen turnovers didn’t help either as the Huskies were able to capitalize, scoring 17 points off JMU turnovers.

“We started turning it over out of the gate. All of that, that’s not our recipe to win,” said Rowe.

Northeastern senior point guard T.J. Williams led all scorers with 21 points as part of another night of stat-stuffing where he chipped in seven rebounds and five assists. Graduate student Alex Murphy was the only other Husky in double figures with 15 points and five rebounds.

For the Dukes senior forward Yohanny Dalembert led the way with 16 points in just 17 minutes.

For JMU, it’s their first loss in CAA play to go to 5-12 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. For the Huskies, it’s their seventh win in a row pushing their record to 11-5 (4-0 in the CAA).

“It’s game by game,” said Coen “It’s a long season…We’re 4-0, we’re grateful. But we know we have a long way to go.”

Next up for Northeastern will be the Drexel Dragons this Thursday, January 12th at 7pm in Matthews Arena. Coverage begins at 6:45pm on 104.9FM and wrbbsports.com/listenlive.

Late rally not enough as Northeastern falls to No. 13 Vermont

By: Josh Brown

BURLINGTON, Vt.- The Huskies scored two goals just 37 seconds apart midway through the third period, but it wasn’t enough as Stefanos Lekkas (20 saves) and No. 13 Vermont (14-6-2, 6-3-1) held on for a 4-3 victory over Northeastern (7-9-4, 1-7-2) on Saturday night.

For the second time in a week the Huskies gave up the games first goal, with Brian Bowen beating Northeastern goalie Ryan Ruck (20 saves) 7:33 into the first period. Northeastern would not take long to respond, with Garret Cockerill sniping a beautiful shot over the outstretched shoulder of Lekkas to tie the game at one.

Vermont seized control in the second period, as goals by Brendan Bradley and Corey Moriarty gave the Catamounts a 3-1 lead. They extended the margin to three when Trey Phillips found the back of the net just under eight minutes into the third period.

The Huskies would immediately come roaring back, though, as Patrick Schule netted his fourth of the year just 37 seconds later. Zach Aston-Reese followed suit, netting his 19th of the year on the power play, extending his point scoring streak to nine games, bringing the Huskies within one.

Despite a ferocious rally from that point forward, Lekkas stood strong in goal to preserve the win for Vermont. The Huskies will be back in action Thursday night when they travel to Durham for a 7 p.m. matchup with the University of New Hampshire. Josh Brown and Dan McLoone will have the call beginning at 6:45.

Record breaking three point performance leads MBB over Delaware, 90-54

By: Matt MacCormack

BOSTON — Northeastern splashed a program record  21 threes and assisted on 29 of its 31 field goals on Saturday night at Matthews Arena to upend Delaware, 90-54, and improve to 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The 36-point victory represented the largest margin of victory since Bill Coen became coach in 2006.

The Huskies (10-5) jumped out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back, as an impressive shooting performance — 61% from the floor, 64% from three — and a stingy 2-3 defense gave the Blue Hens (7-9) fits all evening long. The lead ballooned to as large as 42 points midway through the second half.

Senior point guard T.J. Williams led the way with 18 points and a career-high 11 assists. Freshman Shawn Occeus added 17 points on 5-8 shooting from deep, and senior Jimmy Marshall had a season-high nine points, all by way of the three-ball.

One dark spot was the free-throw shooting, as Coen’s squad hit just seven of 19 (37%) from the charity stripe.

“Maybe we’ll start shooting our free throws from three,” Coen joked post-game.

After winning the first leg of a three-game home stand, the Huskies welcome James Madison into Matthews Arena on Saturday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and Jeremy Leopold and Matthew MacCormack will be on the call.

Men’s basketball escapes with tight win over Drexel

By: Justin Littman

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –In a game with 15 lead changes, Northeastern escaped with a 75-70 overtime victory over Drexel at Daskalakis Athletic Center Monday evening . With the Huskies trailing by three points with 33 seconds remaining, TJ Williams spotted Bolden Brace open in the left corner with a beautiful cross-court pass. Brace buried the triple, which ultimately sent the game to overtime. The Huskies would take the lead 30 seconds into overtime on a two-handed dunk by Alex Murphy, and an offense rebound by Max Boursiquot in the final minute sealed the deal.

“I just can’t say enough about our freshmen down the stretch. Bo (Brace) made some big shots and Max ended up with 13 rebounds, none bigger than the offensive rebound” Coen remarked after the game.

TJ Williams led all scorers with 24 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Murphy contributed 20 points and 9 rebounds as well.

Drexel used their size to their advantage as Northeastern struggled to contain senior forward Rodney Williams, who led the Dragons with 20 points. Drexel took a 47-38 lead with 12:39 remaining in the second half, but the Huskies quickly responded, scoring on back-to-back possessions.

Northeastern has won five in a row as they move to 9-5 on the season and 2-0 in CAA play. Their next game is at home on Thursday, as they will take on Delaware. It will be the first of a three-game home stand. Drexel falls to 6-9 on the season and 0-2 in the conference.

Second consecutive Aston-Reese hat trick leads Northeastern to 8-2 rout of Clarkson

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON- Zach Aston-Reese scored his second hat trick in as many games, and Ryan Ruck made 38 saves to lead Northeastern (7-7-4) to an 8-2 thrashing of Clarkson on Friday night at Matthews Arena. The win comes in Jim Madigan’s 200th career game at Northeastern, improving his career record to 86-88-26.

The Huskies got it going early scoring four goals in the first 12 minutes of play courtesy of Lincoln Griffin, Garret Cockerill, Dylan Sikura and Matt Filipe. Clarkson responded by pulling goalie Jake Kielly and answering with a goal of their own via Nic Pierog to cut the deficit to three heading into the locker room.

Any hope of a comeback was squashed just moments into the second period, though, when Zach Aston-Reese scored short handed to extend the Northeastern lead to four again. Adam Gaudette and Aston-Reese ensured the rout would continue scoring goals just under six minutes apart midway through the second frame.

Despite a Perry D’Arrisso goal eight minutes into the third period, Northeastern was able to put it on cruise control throughout the final 20 minutes, with Aston-Reese putting the cherry on top with his third goal of the night at the 13:41 mark.

The Huskies will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Yale for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Bulldogs. Josh Brown and Dan McLoone will have the call from Ingalls Rink beginning at 6:45.