Overtime winner lifts Huskies to weekend sweep of UMass Lowell

By Josh Brown

BOSTON – The script looked eerily familiar. After blowing leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 against No. 17 UMass Lowell on Saturday night, it was impossible to not get flashbacks of last weekend against Quinnipiac, where the Huskies blew leads on five separate occasions.

But with 2:50 remaining in overtime, junior Patrick Schule flipped a puck off the back of River Hawks goalie Tyler Wall to give No. 20 Northeastern a 5-4 win at Matthews Arena. The win gives the Huskies their first 2-0 start in Hockey East play since 2012.

Ryan Ruck got his third consecutive start in net, making 23 saves in the winning effort.

Northeastern (4-2-1, 2-0-0) got on the board first late in the opening frame, when Grant Jozefek potted his fifth goal of the season. Streaking into the offensive zone 3-on-1, Jozefek skated to the right faceoff dot and picked the corner over Wall’s far side shoulder.

UMass Lowell (3-5-0, 0-4-0) would answer with two goals of their own just over a minute apart in the second period. Anvi Berisha scored at the 6:43 mark and Connor Sodergen found the back of the net at 8:02 to give the River Hawks their first lead of the weekend.

Adam Gaudette continued his dominance on special teams, scoring a short-handed goal at 13:37 to reclaim the lead for the Huskies. Gaudette jumped on the puck in the neutral zone and beat Wall over his right shoulder.

Early in the third period, Bobby Hampton netted his first collegiate goal to put the Huskies back up by one. The freshman skated around a host of UMass Lowell defenders in the slot and backhanded a shot over the shoulder of Wall.

Although Ryan Lohin would tie the score up at three just over two minutes later, Nolan Stevens answered for Northeastern at 15:41. With Wall outstretched on the ice, the senior captain skated directly through the crease and backhanded the puck into the empty net.

After Ryan Dmowski tied the score with 1:38 remaining in the third, Schule scored the game-winner in overtime to send the Huskies home with the sweep.

Northeastern will have a well-deserved day off on Friday before traveling down the street to No. 6 Boston University for a Saturday evening matchup. WRBB will have complete coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Secondary scorers power Huskies to opening night win over Sacred Heart

By Josh Brown

BOSTON – It may have been opening night, but Northeastern displayed a year’s worth of chemistry in game number one. Led by two goals apiece from Grant Jozefek and Matt Filipe, and a four-point night from freshman Zach Solow (1 goal, 3 assists), the Huskies routed Sacred Heart, 7-3, in front of a hefty crowd at Matthews Arena.

Northeastern started the scoring at 10:14 in the first period when Grant Jozefek slipped a puck past Sacred Heart goalie Brett Magnus (17 saves). Defenseman Eric Williams potted his first goal of the season just seven minutes later on a laser of a shot from the right faceoff dot that beat Magnus bar down.

The Huskies (1-0-0) would find the back of the net four more times in the second period. After Lincoln Griffin and Matt Filipe extended the Huskies lead to 4-0 at the 10:47 mark, the Pioneers (0-1-0) got one back just 13 seconds later courtesy of sophomore forward Vito Bavaro.

Any momentum that Sacred Heart built up was quickly lost, as Jozefek netted his second of the game just 1:08 later to extend the Huskies’ lead to four. Filipe scored his second of the game with just 13 seconds remaining in the period to send the Huskies into the locker room with a five-goal cushion.

Sacred Heart would put up a valiant effort in the third, scoring two quick power play goals on Northeastern goalie Ryan Ruck (19 saves). Austin McIlmurray capitalized on a Biagio Liario tripping call at 3:32, and Stephen Hladin on a Nolan Stevens tripping call at 4:17.

Despite the momentum, Sacred Heart would fail to find the back of the net again for the rest of the night. Zach Solow put the cherry on top late in the third, scoring his first collegiate goal from just within the blue line at 15:56.

The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday night when they take on Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. Josh Brown, Dan McLoone and Patrick Milne will be on the call with coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m.

WRBB Summer Podcast 2017

It may be getting hot outside, but the WRBB crew still has winter on our minds. Whether it be T.J. Williams pursuing his NBA dream or the hockey team releasing its 2017-2018 schedule, we break down all the news you need to know on this year’s edition of the WRBB summer podcast. Enjoy!

Part 1: Basketball

Part 2: Hockey

Northeastern’s season ends with 3-2 setback to No. 8/6 Boston University

By: Dan McLoone

BOSTON – It may have been a new day, but it was the same story for the Northeastern hockey team.

The Huskies (18-15-5) were swept out of the Hockey East Quarterfinals by BU on Saturday night thanks to blowing their second consecutive 2-0 lead. The Terriers (23-10-3) didn’t need overtime tonight, completing the comeback in the final period in the 3-2 win.

With their backs against the wall, the Huskies came out firing once again in the first period. Biagio Lerario scored his first career goal just 2:23 into the game and Nolan Stevens doubled the lead nine minutes later with his tenth tally of the year.

The Terriers were well verses in coming back from a 2-0 deficit, having beaten Northeastern 3-2 in overtime on Friday, and got right back to work on offense when Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson cut the lead in half with 5:22 left in the second period.

Leading 2-1, the Huskies played with much more offensive pace throughout the final two periods than they did the night before but just couldn’t solve BU netminder Jake Oettinger (24 saves) for a third time. Ryan Ruck (25 saves) stood on his head at times for Northeastern to preserve the lead, but the relentless Terriers offense finally broke through.

Nick Roberto tied the game up just three minutes into the third period. For the second consecutive night, the referees reviewed the goal for a potential offsides call on BU, but the tally was upheld after a long review. Head coach Jim Madigan only talked for 47 seconds after the game, as he did not want to get suspended for commenting on the two offsides calls or how they influenced the series.

The Terriers mounted offensive pressure on Ruck down the stretch and were rewarded with a power play opportunity with just 1:34 left in the game after Garrett Cockerill was called for hooking. Ruck made a handful of spectacular saves during the kill effort, but Chad Krys broke through with 24.9 seconds left in the game hand the Huskies their second straight heartbreaking defeat.

The Huskies finish the season with no chance for an NCAA at-large bid. The loss also ends the Northeastern playing careers of seniors Zach Aston-Reese, John Stevens, Brendan Collier, Sam Kurker, Tanner Pond, Mike Jamieson, Ryan Rosenthal, Garrett Cockerill and Jake Schechter. The Terriers advance to the Hockey East Semifinals, where they will take on either Boston College or Notre Dame.

Huskies squander 2-0 lead, drop game one to BU

By Josh Brown

BOSTON – Coming off a convincing sweep of Connecticut in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs, it looked like Northeastern was going to have its way with a BU team that had last week off after clinching a share of the league’s regular season crown. But after falling behind 2-0, BU showed why it is unbeaten against Jim Madigan’s Huskies in the last seven meetings.

Goals by Dante Fabbro and Chase Phelps knotted the score at two, and Jordan Greenway notched the game-winner just 3:11 into overtime to send the Terriers to a 3-2 victory in game one of the Hockey East Quarterfinals.

Fighting for a rebound in front of the net on the power play, the big 6-foot-5 Greenway capitalized on the chaos and fired the puck into the back of the net.

Not to be lost in defeat is Ryan Ruck’s performance in net, as the sophomore sent aside 32 shots from a BU offense which entered the zone at will in the latter two periods.

Northeastern got the early 2-0 lead just 9:52 into the game via their two Hobey Baker hopefuls in Zach Aston-Reese and Dylan Sikura. Aston-Reese beat BU goalie Jake Oettinger (33 saves) on an off-angle shot that sailed over the right shoulder of the netminder, and Sikura tapped in a freebie to give the Huskies the early lead.

The Terriers made it a one-goal game at 7:33 in the second period when Fabbro sent a weak shot on net from above the right face-off dot that beat Ruck. Phelps scored the long overdue game-tying goal midway through the third, beating Ruck five-hole to force overtime.

Following a Jeremy Davies hooking call, Greenway sent the Terriers faithful home happy with his ninth goal of the season.

The two teams will get right back at it Saturday night for game two. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.

Northeastern falls to Towson in CAA Quarterfinals

By: Matthew MacCormack

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Northeastern had its share of peaks of valleys in the 2016-17 season, but Saturday’s 82-54 loss to Towson to end the year may have been the low point.

The Huskies (15-16) never led on Saturday night at North Charleston Coliseum, as the No. 3 Tigers dominated the six-seeded Huskies from tip-off to final whistle. NU shot just 27% from the floor and 20% from three-point land, as the physical Tigers won the rebounding battle (42-25), and throttled Northeastern in bench-scoring (44-12).

“We came to a basketball game and a football game broke out. We didn’t bring our helmets or pads,” head coach Bill Coen said post-game. “Tonight, it was all about them exerting their will pretty much everywhere on the floor.”
Zane Martin came off the bench to lead Towson with 17 points, and William Adala Moto and Brian Starr each chipped in 12 for the Tigers, who advance on to face No. 2 Charleston in a semi-final matchup on Sunday.

Towson did a stellar job containing senior guard and CAA Player of the Year T.J. Williams all evening. Williams led the Huskies with 15 points, but went just 3-16 from the floor in his final collegiate game.

“I tip my hat off to them,” Williams said.

“I felt that they came with a good game plan. I tried to make some plays down the stretch to find some players on my team. We got some good looks but the shots didn’t fall.”

The Tigers (20-12) jumped out to a 15-3 lead, with Adala Moto dropping eight points in that stretch. The first-half lead ballooned to as large as 16, as the Huskies seemingly couldn’t buy a bucket.

There was some hope late in the second half, when NU cut the deficit down to 12 points off a three from Bolden Brace with 6:42 to go. After a Husky steal, a three from Jimmy Marshall rattled in-and-out, and Martin responded with a three of his own to push the lead back to 15. The game got no closer.

“We made a nice little run there,” Coen said.

“I thought Jimmy’s shot was down, but then right away they come back and bang a three. It was a little bit of a back-breaker and a dagger.”

Williams and Marshall logged their final minutes in Black and Red. Williams graduates with 1,377 career points, good enough for 15th in NU history.. His scoring output this year (642 pts) was the sixth highest single-season mark in program history.

“We knew it would be a physical game,” Williams said.

“I wish the outcome of the game would have been different, but they came ready to play.”

Northeastern advances to Hockey East Quarterfinals with 6-2 rout of Connecticut

By: Dan McLoone

BOSTON – Try as they might, the UConn Huskies just cannot seem to solve the riddle that is Northeastern.

The highest-scoring power play in the nation showed up in a big way down the stretch for Northeastern (18-13-5), as the Huskies tallied four goals on the man advantage, including three goals during a five-minute major power play, to complete the series sweep of UConn (12-16-8) with a 6-2 win to open the Hockey East playoffs.

Brendan Collier got the scoring going just four minutes in, wristing home a shot from the slot for his second goal of the weekend. Zach Aston-Reese doubled the lead eight minutes into the second period, tapping home a puck to light the lamp for the 30th time on the year.

Graduate student Brian Morgan made it 2-1 at the 12:20 mark of the second period, but Adam Gaudette responded just 2:10 later with a power play tally to make it 3-1. The goal was

Gaudette’s 16th on the man advantage, extending the single-season program record that he had previously set last week against Maine.

Connecticut made it 3-2 with two minutes left in the second period courtesy of a Miles Gendron goal. UConn carried that momentum into the third period, creating numerous chances on Ryan Ruck, who held strong and finished the evening with 32 saves.

Down by just one goal with 9:25 to go in the game, UConn lost the momentum when Evan Richardson was handed a game misconduct for contact to the head on Garrett Cockerill. Northeastern capitalized on its ensuing five-minute power play, as John Stevens netted two goals in the span of two minutes to make it 5-2. Jeremy Davies added one more before UConn finished killing the penalty to blow the game open.

Play got chippy down the stretch as Jake Schechter and Brian Morgan were given 10-minute game misconducts for a getting in a post-whistle scrum, but Northeastern held on to earn a series sweep and move to 10-0 all-time against Hockey East’s other Huskies.

Northeastern advances to the Hockey East Quarterfinals next week, where they will travel to either Boston University or UMass Lowell depending on the results of Sunday’s game three between New Hampshire and Merrimack. Game one of the best-of-three series will be on Friday.

 

Northeastern opens Hockey East title defense with Game One win over UConn

By Josh Brown

BOSTON – As they say, beating a team for a ninth time in a row is the toughest thing to do in sports. It did not pose too much of a challenge for Northeastern on Friday night, though.

The Huskies of up north began their defense of the Lamoriello Trophy with a 3-1 win over Connecticut, leaving them one game away from a berth in the Hockey East Quarterfinals.

While much praise has been levied to Northeastern’s offense this season, it was the goaltending of Ryan Ruck that propelled Jim Madigan and company to victory. The sophomore stopped 30 of the 31 shots he saw on the night.

Garret Cockerill gave Northeastern a 1-0 lead just 10:36 into the first period, ripping a shot from the high slot that sailed past UConn net-minder Adam Huska (26 saves). The goal was Northeastern’s nation-leading 51st on the power play this season.

Midway through the second period, Brendan Collier extended the NU lead to 2-0, tipping in a loose puck in front of the net for his fourth of the season.

While both teams had a plethora of opportunities in the third period, neither team could light the lamp until Connecticut made it a one goal game with 1:21 left courtesy of a tally from Benjamin Freeman in 6-on-4 play.

Northeastern would answer just 38 seconds later when Nolan Stevens raced in front of a pack of UConn defenders and slotted home an empty-net goal to seal the deal. Connecticut threatened with what appeared to be a goal with 24 seconds left, but Tage Thompson was called for offsides.

Northeastern will look to punch their ticket to the Hockey East Quarterfinals on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m., with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:45.

Northeastern ends regular season with 5-4 setback against Maine

By: Dan McLoone

Orono, ME. – It was another high-scoring affair at Alfond Arena on Saturday night, but Northeastern did not have the answers this time. The Huskies held a one-goal advantage four different times, but Maine fought back to tie it every time and came away with a 5-4 win on senior night.

Tanner Pond got the scoring going early for Northeastern, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead just 18 seconds after puck drop. Nolan Vesey tied it up with eight minutes left in the first period to send the teams to the locker room tied up at one.

Goals were aplenty in the second period, as the Huskies took a 2-1 lead six minutes in when Jeremy Davies tapped home a puck on the doorstep on the power play, set up by a beautiful pass from Nolan Stevens. The Black Bears responded with a power play tally of their own just three minutes laterwhen Chase Pearson found the back of the net. Dylan Sikura reclaimed the lead for Northeastern with eight minutes left in the period, benefiting from another great pass from Nolan Stevens.

It looked like the Huskies would head into the third period with a 3-2 lead, but Nolan Vesey netted his second goal of the night on a power play strike with just 28 seconds left in the frame to tie the game up.

Stevens lit the lamp himself four minutes into the third period, giving the Huskies a 4-3 lead and their second power play tally of the evening. As they had done all night, the Black Bears responded. After getting tripped up with just the goalie to beat, Blaine Byron converted on a penalty shot to tie the game up at four. Having seized momentum back, it took just a few minutes for Maine to take the lead for good, as Vesey completed his hat trick with six minutes left.

Northeastern tried to find the tying goal down the stretch, but couldn’t overcome the eight penalties they took and the stellar play between the pipes of senior Matt Morris, the backup who finished with 40 saves in the senior night start.

With the loss and Merrimack’s win over Vermont, Northeastern finishes as the eight seed in Hockey East. The Huskies will take on UConn, the ninth-place team, in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs. Games one and two of the best-of-three series will be at Matthews Arena on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with game three on Sunday at 7 p.m. if necessary.

 

NU comeback effort falls short at UNCW

By: Jeremy Leopold

Wilmington, N.C.– For the second time in ten days, the Northeastern Huskies fell way behind at the half to UNCW and again, they made it interesting down the stretch before eventually faltering. After trailing by 23 at the break, the Huskies clawed back and cut the deficit to just four midway thought the second half before losing 74-65 in Trask Coliseum in the final game of the regular season.

The Huskies finish the season 15-15 overall, and 8-10 in the CAA. With the loss, NU became locked in the No. 6 seed for the conference tournament next weekend in Charleston, setting up a bout with No. 3 Towson on Saturday night.

The Huskies’ fatigue showed in the first half, as NU was playing on less than 48 hours rest with just seven players after a miraculous double overtime win in Elon two nights ago. Northeastern quickly fell behind 15-0, with their first basket coming at the 13:17 mark in the first half. Northeastern senior guard T.J. Williams (24 points) had 14 of the Huskies 17 first half points with the only other bucket coming from freshman forward Max Boursiquot’s three with 10 second left in the frame. 

The Huskies would wind up down 40-17 at the break. 

“We had a very flat and uninspired first half,” said  Head Coach Bill Coen. “Part of that was maybe caused by playing double-overtime the other night and being shorthanded.”

After a back and forth start to the second half, a jumper from UNCW sophomore guard C.J. Bryce (23 points) pushed the UNCW lead to 51-31 at the 13:20 mark. Northeastern then went on a 15-0 run to cut the deficit to just five with 9:33 to go.

“I thought we caught our second win in the second half; we dug down,” Coen said.

Northeastern and UNCW traded buckets and stops the rest of the way until a three from Northeastern freshman Bolden Brace (12 points) at the 1:23 mark made it 68-64.

The game would get no closer. UNCW Seniors Denzel Ingram and Abrose Mosley knocked down their free throws down the stretch to seal the win for the Seahawks, who set a program record with their 26th win of the year.

“They just made a couple too many shots for us and we spotted them way too much in the first half to make it interesting,” Coen said. 

This win for the Seahawks (26-5, 15-3 CAA) gives them their first outright CAA regular season title since 2003. They held a share of the title the past two years. The Seahawks will play on Saturday at noon against the winner of the first round matchup between Hofstra and Delaware.

Northeastern will play Towson at 8:30 on Saturday night. WRBB coverage will begin at 8. Follow this link for our exclusive live stream: http://www.wrbbsports.com/listen-live/.