Men’s Basketball Tops Oakland, 92-83 as Occeus Returns

by Milton Posner

Northeastern’s non-conference schedule has tested the skill, cohesion and mettle of an overwhelming conference favorite. After toppling Alabama, it ran into a dual stone wall of Virginia Tech and Davidson. After winning back-to-back games against Bucknell and Eastern Michigan, Syracuse emphatically brought the Huskies back to earth.

So when Northeastern sprinted to a 48-32 halftime lead against the visiting Oakland University Golden Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon, it seemed a respite from a persistent pummeling by NCAA-Tournament-bound monsters.

But it took a quartet of strong performances for Northeastern to shut the door on a surging Oakland squad, 92-83, in Shawn Occeus’ first game back from an ankle injury.

Donnell Gresham Jr. led with a career-high 26 points (7-11 FG, 5-7 3FG, 7-10 FT), seven rebounds and three assists, sparkling in his newfound point guard role following Vasa Pusica’s injury. When he remarked after the game that running the offense wasn’t too tough, head coach Bill Coen interjected.

“He’s being a little modest,” Coen remarked, adding that Gresham played point guard in high school. “He’s the ultimate team player. He’s doing an outstanding job with the offense, getting our young kids where they need to be and exuding confidence to those guys.”

Of those young guys, Jason Strong shone brightest, logging 13 points (6-6 FG) and six boards. Jordan Roland recorded 20 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3FG, 5-5 FT) and boosted the Huskies when they sagged in the second half. Anthony Green powered his way to 16 points (7-8 FG), none more emphatic than the monster dunk over Oakland star forward Xavier Hill-Mais that seemed ready to rip the basket from its foundations.

Green was a big part of Northeastern’s early attack, converting his first four attempts against shorter Oakland defenders.

“We just wanted to make their interior players play some defense and hopefully get a foul,” Coen said of the team inside emphasis. “In the early part of the game, it paid dividends.”

Oakland got excellent contributions from Hill-Mais (22 points), Jaevin Cumberland (21) and Kamari Newman (19), even shaving the Northeastern lead to one with 5:08 remaining. But the Huskies made their free throws down the stretch and the Golden Grizzlies couldn’t sustain a comeback.

Occeus, playing his first game of the season after suffering a sprained ankle, was the most welcome sight for the Huskies. Though he posted just one point in seventeen minutes, he made his presence felt, particularly with a clean pick of Oakland center Brad Brechting that reminded everyone why he’s the defending CAA Player of the Year.

“His numbers didn’t indicate the impact he had on the game,” Coen noted. “He gives us a defensive weapon we can move around. It really settles us down on that end of the floor. We didn’t want to put too much pressure on him today on his first day back.”

Northeastern will face Vermont and St. Bonaventure before their conference opener against Drexel Dec. 28. It remains to be seen how comfortable Occeus will be or whether Pusica will be healthy. But today’s win proves that Northeastern has plenty of firepower besides, and that taking down a healthy Husky squad will prove daunting for the rest of the conference.

Cuse too much as Orange rout men’s basketball

by Matthew MacCormack

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —

For most of the first half, it looked like the Northeastern mens’ basketball team might have enough in their bag to pull off one of their classic Power 5 upsets.

Facing a long and über-athletic Syracuse squad, the Huskies took an early first half-lead, and trailed by just two points, 23-21, with six minutes remaining in the opening half in Tuesday’s battle at the Carrier Dome.

What happened? Well, Syracuse happened.

The Orange went on a 12-2 run to close the second half, and went on to steamroll the Huskies, 72-49. The Syracuse 2-3 zone defense held the Huskies (4-5) to just 34% shooting from the floor and 21% from three, while the Orange scored 19 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds. The Orange were simply too long, too athletic, and too good for an undermanned Huskies squad to handle.

“If you want to have any chance at an upset you have to make shots, and we didn’t do that,” said Northeastern Head Coach Bill Coen after the game.

“They’re very quick in the zone. Even shots that we had that looked clean were a little bit rushed. We never really got rhythm threes.”

Sophomore forward Oshae Brisset led the Orange (5-3) with a game-high 21 points and a game-high 14 rebounds — including seven offensive boards.

Tomas Murphy — Northeastern’s sophomore big man — led the Huskies with 17 points (7-10 FG) and eight rebounds. Murphy tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds in last Wednesday’s win over Bucknell, and posted 10 points, six rebounds and a career-high seven assists in Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan.

“Tomas was one of our few bright spots this evening,” Coen said

“I just think he’s coming into his own.”

Redshirt junior guard Jordan Roland (9 points, 4 assists) is a Syracuse native. He said he had many friends and family members watching him in the Carrier Dome.

“I thought I got some decent shots,” Roland said.

“Unfortunately they didn’t fall tonight. You just have to credit their zone and their length.”

The Huskies were missing senior point guard Vasa Pusica (wrist), junior guard Shawn Occeus (ankle) and junior forward Max Boursiquot (hip). Pusica and Occeus are expected back around the start of conference play, while Boursiquot is out indefinitely.

The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday at Matthews Arena, with a 4 p.m. battle with Oakland University.

Northeastern Tops Eastern Michigan 81-67 in return to Matthews Arena

By Mack Krell

In their first ever matchup against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-5), the Northeastern Huskies (4-4) were lead to an 81-67 victory by guards Jordan Roland and Donnell Gresham Jr. Despite trailing 37-34 at the half and playing without 3 of their projected starters, Northeastern was able to win the second half and ultimately win their second game in a row.

By the first media timeout, Eastern Michigan lead jumped out to an early lead of 12-4 on the shoulder of 6’11’’ big man, Boubacar Toure. Toure scored 6 of his 10 points in the first 5 minutes of the game. The Eagles then continued to stretch their lead to 35-21 with 5:28 to go in the first half. Northeastern then went on an 11-0 run that included 5 points from Roland and 4 points from Anthony Green. This 11-0 run brought Northeastern to within 3 points at the half.

At halftime, Northeastern altered their offensive game plan by putting Tomas Murphy at the high post and this allowed Northeastern to be much more successful in the second half. Northeastern won the second half 47-30 behind the leadership of Roland and Gresham Jr. Roland scored 11 of his 24 points in the second half and Gresham had 14 of his 21 in the second half.

However, all of this was possible because of Murphy’s ability to do a little bit of everything for the Huskies. Speaking about Murphy, Coach Bill Coen said postgame, “He did a great job in the middle of the zone. Its not easy to play that spot, you have to have a little feel for it.” Murphy finished the game with 10 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Northeastern ultimately walked away with a victory despite missing 3 of their starters for the whole game, and Bolden Brace only being able to play 9 minutes in the game. Coen was very pleased with his teams’ effort despite being short handed. He said postgame, “Everybody stepped up in the shorthanded situation and rose to the occasion against a very difficult style of play to compete against.”

Northeastern travels to Syracuse, New York on Wednesday to take on the Orange at 7:00 PM. Matt MacCormack, Justin Littman, and Mike Petillo will be on the call for WRBB Sports.

Injury-riddled men’s basketball looks to stay afloat

Northeastern point guard Vasa Pusica. (Photo courtesy Northeastern University)
Northeastern point guard Vasa Pusica will miss the next four to six weeks with injury. (Photo courtesy Northeastern University)

by Milton Posner

Northeastern men’s basketball is having a thoroughly weird season.

After dropping the season opener to beatable Boston University, they dismissed Harvard behind Jordan Roland’s hyper-efficient 35 points. It was Roland’s second game as a Husky.

They blew Alabama off the floor, 68-52, in the first game of the Charleston Classic, then lost their next three games by a combined 49 points.

On Wednesday night, the Huskies (3-4) dismantled Bucknell 96-78, besting their season scoring average by 27 points and their previous season best by 15. Sophomore forward Jason Strong–who didn’t even record a point last season –, contributed 15 points (7-9 FG) and five rebounds in his second consecutive start.

But Northeastern wasn’t done surprising. A slew of injuries to key contributors has given Head Coach Bill Coen’s rotation an extreme makeover — and shed some doubt on the Huskies’ status as the clear-cut favorite in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Now it’s up to other players — both proven and unproven — to carry the load until some key cogs return.

Before Wednesday’s game, star redshirt-senior point guard Vasa Pusica was ruled out for four to six weeks after a slight left wrist fracture suffered in a first-half fall against Alabama, per Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald. He played the next two games but clearly wasn’t himself, posting just 10 points (3-16 FG) and eight turnovers in 50 minutes.

Back in Boston, X-rays revealed the fracture, a serious blow to the CAA Championship favorites who returned most of last year’s expectations-exceeding, major-injury-free squad. Pusica started all 33 games, averaging 17.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists while logging a 50/43/80 slash line and earning CAA Player of the Year runner-up honors.

Pusica isn’t the only returning starter sidelined. Versatile junior guard/forward Max Boursiquot is out indefinitely with a hip injury and hasn’t seen the court this year. Neither has junior guard Shawn Occeus (ankle sprain), though Coen expects Occeus to return within two weeks, possibly Dec. 4 at Syracuse. Occeus was the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and averaged just under 11 points per game last year — second best on the team

In the meantime, expect redshirt junior guards Donnell Gresham Jr. and Jordan Roland, junior swingman Bolden Brace and sophomore forward Tomas Murphy to pick up the slack. Coen also cited the injuries as an opportunity for younger, less-experienced players to play against elite competition.

The injuries, combined with Northeastern’s difficult non-conference schedule — including seven games against last year’s NCAA Tournament teams — could result in a losing record heading into CAA play. Given that the Pusica-Occeus one-two punch won’t play together until mid-December or later, the team’s roster consistency from last year to this year will certainly prove useful. They won’t have to build chemistry from scratch.

Last month, Northeastern was easily named the odds-on CAA Championship favorite. Three injuries and a whole lot of weird later, the season is more in doubt than anyone expected.

No. 4 Women’s Hockey takes down No. 5 BC

by Matthew MacCormack

Make no mistake about it; the Northeastern women’s hockey team is a contender in Hockey East.

The No. 5 Huskies improved to 12-1-2 on Tuesday night at Matthews Arena, upending bitter rival No. 4 Boston College with a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory. Freshman forward Mia Brown scored her second career goal with 2:40 remaining in overtime, sending a centering pass from sophomore defender Brooke Hobson into the top right corner of the net for a sudden death victory.

Northeastern twice came back from deficits in the win — including an early 2-0 hole — to bring their unbeaten streak to 12 games. Sophomore goalie Aerin Frankel made 46 saves to keep the Huskies in the game.

“One thing that’s pretty special about this team is they’re resilient,” said head coach Dave Flint after the game.

“Teams past, down 2-0 after the first, I would’ve sensed we were in trouble. But I knew we were ok.”

The Huskies hadn’t won in any of their last eight matchups with BC at Matthews Arena. The Eagles have captured the Hockey East regular season title in each of the last four seasons.

BC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period, with goals from Savannah Norcross and Daryl Watts. Northeastern then thundered back with a three-goal third period — with two scores coming from freshman Alina Mueller, and a third tally by senior Kasidy Anderson.

The first half of the third period belonged to McKenna Newkirk, as the BC captain scored twice to put BC back in the lead, 4-3.

A gamble from Flint helped the Huskies get the equalizer with less than two minutes to go, as freshman Chloe Aurard — an extra skater after Flint pulled Frankel — cashed in to make it 4-4.

Brown’s golden goal in overtime was her second in as many games. Her first collegiate goal came in a 3-3 tie at Maine on Nov. 17.

“Winning after a comeback is the most beautiful win,” Mueller said after the game.

“We were screaming. It was just fun. It’s why we play hockey.”

The Huskies are back in action on Friday at Holy Cross.

Men’s Basketball Drops Third-Place Game Against Davidson

by Milton Posner

CHARLESTON, S.C — Donnell Gresham Jr. ran the offense. Jason Strong recorded a better stat line than Vasa Pusica. The game’s most efficient player played 10 minutes fewer than he typically does.

The Northeastern Huskies fell to the Davidson Wildcats, 71-59, in a game that defied logical expectations and gave the Huskies a fourth-place finish in the eight-team Charleston Classic. Virginia Tech won the tournament later in the evening, defeating Purdue 89-83 at TD Arena.

The Huskies’ next game, on Nov. 24 at 1 PM ET, is also against Davidson, an odd occurrence considering that Sunday’s game marked the teams’ first ever meeting. The big question, however, will be whether star point guard Vasa Pusica will play and, if so, how much.

Pusica played just 22 minutes Sunday night, a far cry from the 35 he averaged in the team’s first four games. He played only six minutes in the second half. Initially, it seemed that his three fouls were to blame. Turns out it had to do with the brace he’d worn on his left hand and wrist for several games.

“Vasa’s hand was bothering him. He couldn’t really handle the ball and that kinda led to his turnovers in the second half,” Northeastern head coach Bill Coen said. “He gave it a try, but just wasn’t able to go. He can’t really hold the ball right now.”

The injury explains a subpar line. Pusica tallied two points on 1-6 FG, two rebounds, three assists and five turnovers.

Picking up the slack was Gresham Jr., who atoned for a 2-9 shooting effort with six assists and stoic offensive leadership. He also grabbed 10 rebounds (at 6’1, he’s the team’s smallest player) in 39 minutes (he averaged 28 last year).

“He’s very unselfish and the quiet leader on the team,” Coen said of the redshirt junior guard. “He’s willing to play any position and do any job. When we’re down a couple of guys, I thought he kept the young guys organized and got us into offense and gave us a chance.”

Bolden Brace’s 12 points (nine in the first half) were a big reason why the game was tied 28-28 at halftime. Strong, who has played the fewest minutes on the team this year and last year, cashed in on his 11 minutes by hoisting five threes and connecting on three. Anthony Green, despite a 4-5 FG effort that included three rim-shaking, earth-quaking dunks, logged just 11 minutes. Myles Franklin played stellar defense on Davidson’s star backcourt (Jón Axel Guðmundsson and Kellan Grady) in his first Northeastern start.

Guðmundsson and Grady combined for 19 points (7-18 FG), though Guðmundsson did record eight assists and Grady six rebounds. The Wildcats’ top performer was freshman forward Luka Brajkovic, who posted 17 points (6-9 FG) and 11 rebounds in just 25 minutes.

Northeastern’s three Charleston Classic opponents are arguably more talented than any CAA squad. The Alabama victory showed why the Huskies are CAA Championship favorites. The Virginia Tech loss showed their flaws, including occasional offensive indecisiveness and struggles with intense ball pressure. The Davidson loss shows that, while they may rely too heavily on Pusica’s offense, they have plenty of untapped talent.

Davidson could make the NCAA Tournament in March. Alabama and Virginia Tech almost certainly will. Northeastern has every intention of joining them.

Hokies route men’s basketball in Charleston

by Milton Posner

Towards the end of the first half at Charleston’s TD Arena, Vasa Pusica stood at the foul line, flicked his wrist and sent the ball neatly through the rim.

Big deal. He made a free throw. He did it 138 times last year. He did it 18 times in Northeastern’s first three games this year.

But this free throw was different. It came after 18 minutes and 48 seconds of play in which all of Northeastern’s points came by way of the three-pointer.

It also ended a 17-0 Virginia Tech run, one that handed the No. 16 Hokies a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. They defeated the Huskies 88-60 and advanced to the Charleston Classic final. Northeastern (2-2) will round out the tournament with a third-place game Sunday at 6:00 PM ET against the loser of the Purdue-Davidson game.

Virginia Tech’s momentum stemmed from its intense defense, which featured energetic double-teams, active hands and efficient rotations. The Hokies (3-0) scored 26 points off 18 Husky turnovers.

“They were very disruptive to our offensive flow,” Northeastern head coach Bill Coen observed. “We couldn’t get to the spots on the floor that we normally get to. Our spacing was distorted.”

The blowout loss comes a day after Northeastern’s dominating 68-52 over Alabama.

“We handled the ball pressure a lot better yesterday. We could control the tempo of the game,” Coen remarked. “Today Virginia Tech didn’t allow us to do that. We got deep into shot clocks and didn’t get quality shots. We moved the ball … but we didn’t get penetration into the paint.”

Sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 20 points (his third consecutive 20-point effort), four rebounds and seven assists. Justin Robinson, Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Ahmed Hill combined for 46 points on 20-29 FG.

“He’s the most conscientious worker I’ve ever been around,” Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said of Alexander-Walker. “Not just on the court, but how he treats his body, his diet, how he trains. He’s a very intelligent person. He’s got the same software stuff on his computer that I have on mine; he’s probably watching just as much tape or more.”

Northeastern’s Tomas Murphy logged 11 points on six attempts and Jordan Roland recorded 10 on five. But that, plus solid all-around efforts from Bolden Brace and Donnell Gresham Jr., couldn’t overcome Vasa Pusica’s 2-10 shooting or the turnovers.

Northeastern’s sparkling start from three-point range (8-13) initially mitigated their turnovers, even handing them a 24-23 lead with 6:12 remaining in the first half.

The lead lasted 16 seconds. When the turnovers increased and the perimeter shooting stalled, the Hokies ran away with the game. Northeastern was not only outshot 58 percent to 43, they were out-attempted 62 to 46. By the time Anthony Green threw down a dunk two minutes into the second half for Northeastern’s first two-pointer, the outcome was no longer in doubt.
But the lopsided game didn’t change Buzz Williams’s opinion of Northeastern. Echoing the CAA’s preseason poll, Williams said, “I think Northeastern will win their side of the league.”

Men’s basketball rolls over ‘Bama

Jeremy Miller helped spark the Huskies on Thursday, with 11 points off the bench. (Image Courtesy of The Boston Globe)
Jeremy Miller helped spark the Huskies on Thursday, with 11 points off the bench. (Image Courtesy of The Boston Globe)

by Milton Posner

When Northeastern last visited Charleston, they limped out after the season’s toughest loss. A 17-point lead over the College of Charleston Cougars evaporated last March, taking the Huskies’ hopes of a NCAA Tournament berth with it.

On Thursday, Northeastern returned for the first game of the Charleston Classic. Their opponent wasn’t the Cougars, but the Alabama Crimson Tide, one of five teams in the tournament that made March Madness last season.

The Huskies didn’t blink. They opened the game with eight straight points and never trailed in a statement 68-52 win at TD Arena.

“We’ve had our share of wins over the years against power-conference teams,” Northeastern head coach Bill Coen said. “I think it gives you a measure of respect nationally.”

The Huskies will face No. 16 Virginia Tech — who defeated Ball State 73-64 earlier in the day — in the semi-final of the tournament. Tip off is set for 11 a.m. on Friday.

Vasa Pusica recovered from a five-point, four-turnover first half, making all four of his threes and logging 20 points to go with five assists. Bolden Brace chipped in 11 points and five rebounds. But it was Jeremy Miller that gave the Huskies the extra boost, scoring 11 points on six shots in 21 minutes.

“I have a tendency to sometimes play with hesitation,” Miller said after the game. “But today I came out, had trust in my teammates, they trusted me: coach and the coaching staff trusted me.”

The Crimson Tide (2-1) never shrank the Huskies’ (2-1) lead to less than seven. Northeastern outshot Alabama by 15 percent from the floor and foul line, and 37 percent from three-point range.

“It’s hard when you can’t make consistent threes,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said. “They kinda shrink their defense a little bit more daring us to shoot and we just didn’t make them pay.”

Of Alabama’s three top players — Kira Lewis Jr., Donta Hall and John Petty Jr. — Petty was the lone bright spot, tallying 17 points and five rebounds.

“Our pick-and-roll coverages weren’t as sound as we expected them to be,” Petty remarked. “Some of our rotations were late and we paid for them.”

Kira Lewis Jr., Collin Sexton’s replacement at point guard — and the youngest basketball player in Division 1 at 17 years, seven months — shot 3-10 from the field. More perplexing was Hall, the team’s leading scorer who set an Alabama record by shooting 73 percent last year. He played just 19 minutes, pulled down three rebounds and shot the ball once.

“They did a great job of keeping a body on him,” Johnson said. “Even when we drove, they didn’t really help off of Donta. That kinda cut off our lob game a little bit. Even when we missed a shot, they had a couple of bodies on Donta to try to minimize his offensive rebounding capabilities.

Miller was part of the effort in guarding Hall. The Milton, Mass. native is a 6-foot-10-inch junior with outside shooting touch who can space the floor and relieve starting center Anthony Green down low. He played nine minutes per game last year, down from 19 the year before.

“Jeremy’s had a couple of nagging injuries that have kinda held him back and messed with his timing a little bit,” Coen noted. “I think that he’s starting to get that back now.”

Northeastern isn’t done facing powerhouses. They’ll face the 16th-ranked Hokies, with a trip to the Charleston Classic championship on the line.

“It’s really fun,” Miller said with a grin. “It brings out a different side of us. We have something to prove this year and we’re gonna do it.”

MHock tops Lowell, 5-4 in OT

by Alex Bensley

In a game that the Northeastern Huskies (6-3-1, 3-1-1) were down two goals in the third period, it was grit and determination that proved to be the difference in a 5-4 overtime victory in a Hockey East matchup against UMass Lowell.

The Riverhawks (4-5-1, 1-3-1) began the scoring early in the first period on a goal by junior Kenny Hausinger. The Huskies tied the score a few minutes later as Junior Jeremy Davies received a beautiful pass from freshman Tyler Madden that he flicked into the back of the net.

As the first period came to a close, some pushing and shoving became imminent, and when the second period got under way, the physical play escalated. Hits and penalties were exchanged.

UMass Lowell took advantage of those Northeastern penalties to score two goals in just over four minutes of time to head to the third period up 3-1.

But when the third period started, it became clear that in order for a Hockey East foe to win in Matthews Arena, they would have to out-hustle the feisty Huskies.

“I just loved the way we competed and battle in that third period,” Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan said after the game.

Junior Grant Jozefek scored early in the third to cut the lead to 3-2. But UMass Lowell answered right back as junior Ryan Lohin scored to make it a 4-2 game.

With their backs against the wall, the Huskies continued to fight. They generated scoring chances—as did the Riverhawks, who outshot the Huskies 37-31. Just over one minute later, the Huskies scored again to make it 4-3.

From then on, play was back and forth. It became clear no team wanted to make this one easy on the other. The physical play led to more penalties—the Riverhawks had five for 10 total minutes, while the Huskies’ 9 penalties translated to 18 minutes of penalty time.

And then, with less than five minutes to go in the game, freshman Tyler Madden knotted the score on an assist from Ryan Shea.

60 minutes proved to not be enough for these squads. In overtime, Northeastern moved the puck well and senior Patrick Schule ended it after a pass from junior Matt Filipe found his stick as he put the puck past UMass Lowell senior netminder Christoffer Hernberg.

Northeastern sophomore goalie Cayden Primeau stopped 33 shots and Hernberg set aside 26.

In terms of moving forward, Madigan can see the confidence developing in his players. But he knows there’s work to do.

“You still have to keep things in perspective,” Madigan said. “The good thing I said to our team is, we’re still not there, we’re still a work in progress, there’s a lot of things we still have to work on.”

The Huskies travel to Vermont next Friday to take on the Catamounts.

Hawkins lifts MHOCK past UConn, 3-2

by Matthew MacCormack

The Northeastern men’s hockey team has gotten scoring contributions from nearly everyone on the roster in the early part of the 2018-19 season.

It was redshirt senior Brandon Hawkins who played hero at Matthews Arena on Saturday night, deflecting a shot from freshman Tyler Madden past UConn goalie Adam Huska with 1:14 left in regulation to lift Northeastern to a 3-2 Hockey East victory.

The No. 15 Huskies went down by a goal on two separate occasions, battling back for the one-goal win. Junior defenseman Jeremy Davies scored a power-play goal off an assist from Zach Solow in the second period, and Davies assisted Solow’s score on a 5-on-3 advantage in the third period.

Roman Kinal and Max Kalter had the tallies for the visiting Huskies.

“In this league it’s hard to get points,” said Northeastern coach Jim Madigan.

“We talk about the premium points; those were two big points for us, having come back.”

The Huskies converted on two of their four power plays during the game; a vast improvement from their 15.4% conversion rate entering the game — a mark that tied for 43rd in the nation. UConn went 0-3 on the power play.

“We went in with one of our keys tonight: win the special team game,” Madigan said.

“And we did.”

Northeastern won the face-off battle, 39-28.

Sophomore goalie Cayden Primeau tallied 22 saves for Northeastern, while Huska stopped 36 shots for UConn.

Northeastern will be back in action on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, with UMass Lowell coming into town for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Dale DeSantis and Alex Bensley will be on the call on WRBB 104.9 FM.