Offensive outburst leads No. 9 Northeastern to 6-1 win over Bentley

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – After starting the second half of the season with a narrow 3-1 win over AIC and a 3-3 tie against Bentley, the No. 9 Northeastern men’s hockey team was looking for a statement win before heading back into league play next weekend.

The Huskies got just that on Saturday night at Matthews Arena. Behind two goals apiece from Adam Gaudette, Nolan Stevens and Brandon Hawkins, Northeastern (12-5-3) jumped ahead early and never looked back en route to a 6-1 win over Bentley.

The win improves the Huskies to 5-0-2 in their last seven games. The unbeaten streak Is the eighth longest in team history.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for Northeastern, making 12 saves on the evening. Senior Jake Theut came in with four minutes left and made one save.

Gaudette got the scoring going at the 10:04 mark of the first period, scoring on an unassisted shorthanded goal. With the Huskies serving a too many men penalty, Gaudette went coast-to-coast and sent a shot on Bentley goalie Aidan Pelino (32 saves). Although he made the initial save, Gaudette tapped the rebound into the back of the net.

Nolan Stevens would score the next two for Northeastern, slotting power play goals at the 14:42 mark of the first period and 7:04 mark of the second. The first goal came via a feed from Sikura in front of the net, and the second was a deflection off a Jeremy Davies shot from the point.

Although the Huskies looked to be in control of the game, Drew Callin scored his fifth goal of the year at 13:53 in the middle frame to bring the Falcons within two. With Biagio Lerario in the penalty box for slashing, Callin patiently corralled a pass from Luke Santerno at the left faceoff dot and sent a shot into the top corner of the net.

That would be as close as Bentley would get. In his fourth game with the red and black, Brandon Hawkins opened the floodgates by scoring his first two goals as a Husky in the opening six minutes of the third period to extend the lead to 5-1.

The redshirt junior scored his first goal after receiving a Grant Jozefek pass in the slot and tapping it into the open net. His second goal came via a bomb from the blue line on a feed from Ryan Shea.

Gaudette would put the cherry on top with his 15th goal of the season at the 13:30 mark. Although Pelino made the initial save on his shot from the left dot, the junior tracked down the rebound and buried it home.

The Huskies will return to Hockey East action next weekend when they host Maine at Matthews Arena for a two-game series. WRBB will have complete coverage of both games.

 

No. 9 Northeastern skates to 3-3 draw against Bentley

By: Josh Brown

WATERTOWN, Mass. – When Dylan Sikura scored his tenth goal of the season at the 11:42 mark of the third period on Friday night at Ryan Arena, it appeared as if the Huskies would inevitably come away with a hard-fought win over Bentley.

The Falcons had other ideas. Sophomore Jonathan Desbiens scored the game-tying goal just 23 seconds later, and neither team could find the back of the net in overtime, propelling them to a 3-3 tie in game one of the series.

The result moves Northeastern to 11-5-3 on the season.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for the Huskies, making 22 saves on the evening. Equally impressive was Bentley goalie Aidan Pelino, who made a couple of game-saving stops en route to a 33-save effort.

Goal scorers for the Huskies included Biagio Lerario, Adam Gaudette and Sikura.

After trading goals for the first two periods, Sikura gave Northeastern the 3-2 lead when he collected a pass from Garrett Cecere in the slot and fired it past Pelino. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the ensuing shift resulted in a three-on-two rush for Bentley. Although Primeau made the initial save on a Luke Santerno shot, he could not cover up and Desbiens poked home the loose puck.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame analysis beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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.