Huskies close out regular season with 4-0 over UNH on Senior Night

by Joe Barbito

BOSTON, MA – On the back of another immaculate performance from sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau, Northeastern defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats 4-0 to end the season and secure home ice in the Hockey East playoffs.

Junior forward Biagio Lerario scored two goals early in the second period to set the tone of the game. Primeau made a whopping 32 saves, and senior goaltender Ryan Ruck was able to finish the final four minutes of regulation, making three stops along the way.

The first period would come and go without a tally, and the only notable play from that period came when UNH hit iron about two minutes into regulation. After a rather lengthy review the referees determined that the Wildcats did not convert, and the game remained scoreless. Junior defenseman Jeremy Davies, recently named the national Player of the Month, was sent to the box for tripping at 18:14, but the Husky penalty kill stood tall, ultimately going 4-4 on the evening.

Scoring would finally open at 3:26 of the first period. Lerario weaved his way in front of the net and collected the loose change from a shot from freshman defenseman Jordan Harris. The goal was Lerario’s second of the season and his first since October 27 against St. Cloud State.

Lerario would light the lamp again at 6:10 when he tipped a feed from senior defenseman Eric Williams. Williams was nearly parallel to the goal line and tossed the puck into the space in front of sophomore goaltender Mike Robinson. Lerario just got enough of it to tip it past Robinson and make it a 2-0 game.

The next goal would come at 10:29 of the second off some pretty tic-tac-toe passing. Davies picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone and slid it forward to freshman forward Tyler Madden on the left side of the crease. Madden then flipped the puck cross-crease to senior forward Liam Pecararo who banged home the one-timer, making it a three-goal game.

Junior forward John Picking put the cherry on top of the sundae with a short-handed goal at 11:46 of the third. Picking snuck his way past the defense and went top-shelf to put this one to bed.

Northeastern will face Maine in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs next weekend in a best-of-three series.

Pusica, Roland Earn All-CAA Honors

Redshirt senior point guard Vasa Pusica took home All-CAA First-Team honors for the second straight year. (Image Credit: GoNU).
Redshirt senior point guard Vasa Pusica took home All-CAA First-Team honors for the second straight year. (Image Credit: GoNU).

By Milton Posner

Reminder: Northeastern begins CAA Tournament play on Sunday at 6 PM ET against the winner of Saturday’s Elon–UNCW game. Matt MacCormack, Justin Littman and Michael Petillo will have the call, with pregame coverage beginning at 5:30 PM ET.

Vasa Pusica and Jordan Roland have a lot in common. They’re both versatile upperclassmen guards who soared to new heights after transferring to Northeastern before their junior years.

And Friday, courtesy of CAA head coaches, media relations directors and media members, they’ve both made the 2018–19 All-CAA Teams. Pusica notched his second straight First Team appearance, while Roland, in his first season with the Huskies, made the Third Team.

Pusica, a redshirt senior point guard, averaged 18 points, four rebounds and four assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Excluding two games where he played hurt (he missed seven with injuries and illness), he logged double digit scoring efforts in every game he played as he led Northeastern to the conference’s second-best record (14–4).

Roland, a redshirt junior two-guard, notched 15 points, three rebounds and two assists a game. His biggest strength was his efficiency; he shot 40 percent from three (third-best in the conference) and 90 percent from the foul line. His energetic off-ball movement catalyzed the Husky offense, particularly during the home stretch of conference play.

Redshirt junior guard Jordan Roland shot his way onto the All-CAA Third Team.
Redshirt junior guard Jordan Roland shot his way onto the All-CAA Third Team (Image Credit: GoNU).

The first-place Hofstra Pride owned the CAA awards in much the same way Northeastern did last year. They were led by Justin Wright-Foreman, the CAA’s Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. His 27 points per game were tops in the CAA and second-best in the nation this year, as well as second-best ever in the CAA. He shot 52 percent from the field (fifth in the conference), 86 percent from the line (third) and 44 percent from three (first).

Wright-Foreman’s crowning jewel was a 48-point onslaught against William & Mary on Feb. 9, the CAA’s second-best scoring effort behind David Robinson’s 50 in 1987. He is the CAA’s first unanimous Player of the Year since Brett Blizzard in 2003, and one of five finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich won Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 25–6 record (15–3 CAA) and its first outright CAA regular-season title. From late November through January, the Pride recorded 16 consecutive wins, the nation’s longest streak at the time.

Hofstra guard Desure Buie won Defensive Player of the Year and was joined on the All-Defensive Team by Hofstra big man Jacquil Taylor. Guard Eli Pemberton’s Second Team showing and Buie’s Third Team selection rounded out Hofstra’s awards dominance.

Despite finishing just one game behind Hofstra, Northeastern came up well short of the Pride in the postseason awards. This isn’t too surprising considering Northeastern’s offensive balance, but the lack of Huskies on the All-Defensive Team is a bit more startling.

The Huskies had the league’s second-best defense but no All-Defensive Players; Hofstra, by contrast, has the league’s fifth-best defense but landed Defensive Player of the Year Buie and big man Jacquil on the All-Defensive Team. Northeastern’s 6’1 guard Donnell Gresham Jr. and 6’6 guard/forward Bolden Brace were natural candidates given their strong defensive efforts, particularly against elite CAA scorers. But save for Buie, the All-Defensive Team members were all 6’7 or taller.

Joining Pusica and Wright-Foreman on the First Team are Charleston’s Grant Riller (22 ppg, 53% FG) and Jarrell Brantley (20 ppg, 9 rpg, 52% FG), William & Mary’s Nathan Knight (21 ppg, 8 rpg, two bpg, 59% FG), and UNCW’s Devontae Cacok (15 ppg, 12 rpg, 59% FG). Elon’s Sheldon Eberhardt took Sixth Man of the Year honors.

The full list of awards, courtesy of CAA.com:

First Team

  • G Vasa Pusica (Northeastern)
  • G Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra)
  • F/C Jarrell Brantley (Charleston) — Second Team for the last two years
  • G Grant Riller (Charleston) — First Team last year
  • F/C Devontae Cacok (UNCW) — First Team last year
  • F/C Nathan Knight (William & Mary) — Second Team last year, finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award

Second Team

  • F/C Eric Carter (Delaware)
  • G Brian Fobbs (Towson)
  • G Stuckey Mosley (James Madison)
  • G Eli Pemberton (Hofstra)
  • F/C Tyler Seibring (Elon) — Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Third Team

  • G Desure Buie (Hofstra)
  • F Alihan Demir (Drexel)
  • G Troy Harper (Drexel)
  • G Matt Lewis (James Madison)
  • F Justin Pierce (William & Mary)
  • G Jordan Roland (Northeastern)

All-Rookie Team

  • G Camren Wynter (Drexel) — Rookie of the Year
  • G Chase Audige (William & Mary)
  • G Ithiel Horton (Delaware)
  • G Kai Toews (UNCW)
  • G Deshon Parker (James Madison)

All-Defensive Team

  • G Desure Buie (Hofstra)
  • F/C Jacquil Taylor (Hofstra)
  • F/C Devontae Cacok (UNCW)
  • F/C Nathan Knight (William & Mary)
  • F/C Dennis Tunstall (Towson)

There’s No “I” in “Northeastern Men’s Basketball Team”

by Milton Posner

On the Feb. 26 CAA coaches teleconference, Northeastern head coach Bill Coen was asked if he thought any of his players were worthy of consideration for the CAA’s postseason awards.

“It’s really difficult when it comes to our team, primarily because of our style of play,” Coen responded. “We try to run a balanced, team-first attack. Our guys buy into that.”

That Coen’s first instinct was to praise his team over any individual player is unsurprising; team-first talk is central to his interviews. Most coaches routinely do the same.

But Coen, the 2018 CAA Coach of the Year, is right. The stats back him up.

The Huskies don’t have dominant statistical performers. They don’t have a likely player of the year candidate, and they might not have any player win an individual award. But what Northeastern (20-10, 14-4 CAA) does have is a deep, team-first group that looks ready to cause damage heading into this weekend’s CAA Tournament in North Charleston.

A glance at the CAA’s top 25 scorers reveals two Huskies: redshirt senior guard Vasa Pusica and junior transfer Jordan Roland. Their averages of 17.9 and 14.8 points per game are good for 5th and 16th in the conference, respectively.

This would be unremarkable but for two points of context. The first is Pusica’s wrist injury, which caused him to miss six games and possibly play a few more at less than 100 percent. That renders his scoring average slightly less impactful.

The other point becomes apparent upon examining the rest of the top 25. The conference’s reigning — and likely repeat — Player of the Year, Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman, averaged 26.8 points; nobody else averaged above 22. Two Charleston Cougars — Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley — cleanly topped Pusica. UNCW and JMU have three scorers in the top 25 despite finishing eighth and 10th in the conference, respectively. Sixth-place Drexel has four. Fourth-place William & Mary has three in the top 20.

Northeastern doesn’t stand out in individual per-game rebounding either. Three Huskies made the top 25: Bolden Brace with 5.8 (14th), Anthony Green with 5.3 (16th) and Donnell Gresham Jr. with 4.8 (19th). But William & Mary has Justin Pierce and Nathan Knight at third and sixth, respectively. Seventh-place Elon and ninth-place Towson also have two players each who out-rebounded all Northeastern players. Brace, the best Husky rebounder, was more than doubled up by conference leader Devontae Cacok of UNCW (12.3 per game).

Yet Northeastern has arguably outplayed every other CAA team. They weathered a combined 56 missed games by last year’s starters (Pusica, Shawn Occeus and Max Boursiquot) to finish 14–4 in conference play. Their four conference losses all could have easily gone their way; they lost to Delaware by two in double overtime, to Hofstra on a heavily contested, 35-foot, buzzer-beating, running one-hander by Wright-Foreman, to Towson by just three, and to Charleston in overtime. 12 of their 14 wins were by double digits (two were overtime games), including a 14-point triumph over Hofstra, the lone squad to finish ahead of Northeastern.

The Huskies haven’t had a consistent primary offensive option this season. They’ve won not in spite of it, but because of it.

Pusica likely won’t contend for Player of the Year, nor will any other Husky. Despite a stellar defense that ranked second overall and first in three-point defense, no lone Husky is likely to replicate Occeus’ Defensive Player of the Year win from last season. Roland’s chances of succeeding Brace as Sixth Man of the Year were dashed when head coach Bill Coen kept starting him.

Pusica making an All-CAA Team  is likely the greatest individual honor any Northeastern player will claim this season. But this team isn’t built for individual honors. Six players averaged more than eight points; among those six, those with the worst field-goal percentages — Gresham, Roland and Brace at 42, 45 and 47 percent, respectively — all shot an elite 41 percent from three.

That is the challenge that Northeastern’s CAA Tournament opponents face, the same task that awaits the opponents that will face them next year when Occeus and Boursiquot return.

There is nowhere for defenses to hide. Northeastern is too deep. Someone will beat you. And until the clocks run out and the stat sheets are final, you won’t know who it’ll be.

Men’s Hockey bounces back against BC with a monster 4-2 victory

by Joe Barbito

BOSTON, MA – After a crippling defeat in Chestnut Hill on Friday, the Huskies rebounded with a huge performance highlighted by 41 saves from sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau.

Going into the third period up 1-0, Northeastern exploded for three goals to seal the envelope on Saturday night’s game. Senior defenseman Eric Williams broke the all-time program record for career games played by appearing in his 151st game – all consecutive – and his 85th career victory.

Scoring opened up just 2:56 into regulation when freshman defenseman AJ Villella rifled a shot from the point that beat junior goaltender Joseph Woll cleanly. The top-shelf snipe was the first career goal for Villella; junior defenseman Ryan Shea and junior forward Grant Jozefek each picked up assists on the goal.

Each team committed one minor penalty in the first period but both penalty kills were up to the task. Williams and senior forward Liam Pecararo had a few good looks on Woll, but the St. Louis native stood tall and played a fantastic game full of circus saves. On the other end, Boston College found a few cracks in the armor of Northeastern’s penalty kill and forced Primeau to get acrobatic.

The second period would come and go without a tally, but both goaltenders made save after save. On numerous occasions both netminders found themselves defending odd-man rushes and partial breakaway chances. Boston College recorded double digit shots in every period. Northeastern was very slow to get going in the middle frame, giving Woll a chance to catch his breath.

At the end of the second period, senior forward Pat Schule was sent to the penalty box with just over a minute left to go. After being released from the sin bin a minute into the third period, he went to work in the neutral zone, picking up the puck and leading the charge into the offensive end of the ice. Schule headed to the faceoff dot, ripped a shot on Woll, picked up his own rebound and deposited the loose change in the back of the net for his 10th of the year.

Senior forward Brandon Hawkins picked up the third – and game-winning – goal at 4:33 of the third, and junior forward Austin Plevy tacked on an insurance goal at the 13:29 mark. Jozefek recorded assists on both goals bringing his point total on the night to three, and freshman defenseman Jordan Harris tacked on two apples to add to his impressive season.

Junior forward David Cotton and sophomore forward Aapeli Rasanen each earned a garbage time goal at the end of regulation Cotton’s goal was his 20th.

After today’s games Northeastern now sits tied for 2nd with Providence, the Huskies have more wins than the Friars though. They are up to 11 in the Pairwise.

The regular season will conclude on Friday at Historic Matthews Arena when the Huskies host the New Hampshire Wildcats. Puck drop will be at 7pm.

Huskies end CAA slate with win at Drexel

by Matthew MacCormack

PHILADELPHIA — Drexel scored the opening points in Saturday afternoon’s matchup with the Northeastern men’s basketball team. Senior walk-on guard Kevin Doi hit a free-throw less than a minute into the game, and the Dragons led 1-0.

But the lead was short-lived — 64 seconds to be exact. After an early jumper from redshirt junior guard Jordan Roland that put the Huskies up 2-1 at the 18:56 mark in the second half, Northeastern (20-10, 14-4 CAA) never trailed again, cruising to a 90-66 victory at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Roland (game-high 26 points) led the way, and redshirt senior guard Vasa Pusica (21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) scored his 1,000th point as a Husky. With the win, Northeastern secured a second-straight 20-win season and it’s second consecutive 14-4 finish in conference play.

“Guys kind of knuckled up and got the job done,” said Northeastern head coach Bill Coen.

“It’s been kind of a crazy year with guys getting nicked up and everything but I’m really proud of the group and the way they hung together, particularly on this road trip.”

Senior guard Shawn Occeus (ankle) missed his ninth straight game, and sophomore forward Tomas Murphy (foot) missed his second straight.

Senior forward Anthony Green had 14 points and eight rebounds, and junior forward Bo Brace added six points and eight boards for Northeastern.

Drexel (13-18, 7-11 CAA) got a team-high 19 points and eight assists from freshman guard Cam Wynter. Junior forward Alihan Demir (14 points, 9 rebounds) and senior guard Trevor John (11 points) joined Wynter in double figures on Senior Day.

Roland came out firing, notching 16 of his 26 points in the opening frame, thanks to four first-half threes. The Huskies led by as many as 13 in the opening frame, but the Dragons mounted an 8-0 run to end the half, capped by a 55-foot buzzer beater from freshman guard Coltrane Washington that cut the score to 37-33.

“Our guys were disappointed,” Coen said.

“They felt like they let a comfortable lead go with the last minute and a half [of the first half]…The guys responded really, really well.”

The Huskies took control early in the second half, mounting a 19-0 run that turned a 41-37 lead with 16:45 remaining into a 60-37 advantage with 11:49 to go. Roland started the run with an and-1 layup, and Pusica contributed seven points in the stretch.

Pusica topped 1,000 points with a pair of free throws with 4:17 remaining.

The Huskies had already secured the two-seed in next week’s CAA Tournament. They will play the winner of Saturday’s play-in game between No. 7 Elon and No. 10 UNCW on Sunday at 6:00 p.m in the North Charleston Colosseum. Matt MacCormack, Justin Littman and Michael Petillo will have the call, with pregame coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Hockey Advances to Hockey East Semifinals with 1-0 win over Vermont

by Joe Barbito

BOSTON, MA – The Huskies broke out the brooms as they completed the two-game sweep of the Catamounts on Saturday afternoon; Aerin Frankel recorded a 22-save shutout and senior forward Kasidy Anderson scored the lone Northeastern goal for her 100th career point.

A team effort pushed Northeastern over the finish line and onto Providence for a chance at repeating as Hockey East champions. The Huskies came out on top on the scoresheet and in terms of their quality of play in a tight contest that lasted until the final faceoff.

The lone goal of the afternoon came at 10:12 of the first period. Sophomore defender Anna Erickson committed a cross-checking minor but Northeastern owned possession of the puck, so play continued at 6-5 for roughly 90 seconds as the referee held his arm in the air. Vermont had multiple chances to regain possession of the puck, but ultimately Northeastern’s hustle helped them keep play alive far longer than anyone on Vermont could have anticipated. Junior defender Codie Cross tossed a shot towards the net from just inside the blue line – Anderson tipped it past freshman goaltender Blanka Skodova.

Neither team would find the back of the net the rest of the game. Late in the third Vermont managed to get the puck past sophomore goaltender Aerin Frankel, and as it rolled mere inches from crossing the goal line, freshman forward Alina Mueller swooped in and batted it out of the crease and to safety, keeping the score 1-0.

Northeastern will play the winner of the Providence/Merrimack series. At the time of this article, the winner has not yet been determined.

Men’s basketball lands German recruit Emanga

(Image from Quirin Emanga's Instagram page)

by Milton Posner

After retaining every starter from their 17-18 squad, Northeastern is finally seeing some of its key talent walk the stage. CAA Player of the Year runner-up Vasa Pusica, bruising big man Anthony Green, and stretch center Jeremy Miller are graduating this spring.

Head coach Bill Coen’s newest recruit may go a long way toward replacing them.

18-year-old Quirin Emanga has been putting his 6’5 frame and seven-foot wingspan to work in the Basketball Bundesliga, the highest basketball tier in Germany. His club, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, also competes in the Basketball Champions League, an annual competition of European teams organized by FIBA.

ESPN reporter Jonathan Givony tweeted that Emanga had “quite a few college offers including high majors” but did not specify which schools had extended Emanga offers. His time playing in Germany doesn’t impede his college eligibility because he had junior player status and did not have a pro contract, according to Darijan Briški, who reports on Emanga’s German team.

Emanga’s athleticism and length lets him play guard or forward. He considers defensive intensity, driving to and finishing around the basket, and his recently improved jumpshooting and pick-and-roll instincts among his strengths. He acknowledges his playmaking and rebounding need improvement.

His seven-foot wingspan could aid Northeastern’s already-elite perimeter defense. After holding opponents under 30 percent from three-point range last year, the Huskies have limited them to 33 percent this year — both figures are tops in the conference. This year’s number is all the more impressive because the Huskies have played most of the year without CAA Defensive Player of the Year Shawn Occeus (ankle). Versatile guard-forward Max Boursiquot also missed the entire season with a hip injury.

Emanga is a one-man cultural melting pot. His parents were both born and raised in Cameroon, but Emanga was born in Wissembourg, a tiny French commune near the border with Germany. His bilingualism (he spoke to his mother in French and learned German in kindergarten) came in handy when his family moved to Karlsruhe, Germany.

It was there, at the age of 5, that Emanga began playing basketball. He had found judo first, and his dojo was underneath the basketball gym. Emanga remembered watching other kids and being fascinated by the sport.

Emanga established himself as a role player with modest statistics during his first few years in Germany, though in recent months he has shown out a bit more. In the German U19 NBBL, he has averaged 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in six games. His crowning achievement was a 14-point triple double with five steals and two blocks attached.

This won’t be Emanga’s first basketball in the United States; he spent the summers of 2014 and 2015 playing AAU ball stateside, and he wants to study international business.

How big a role he’ll play on arguably the CAA’s deepest team remains to be seen, but his length, athleticism and burgeoning skill set could make him a fixture in the rotation.

Boston College gets the better of Northeastern, defeats Men’s Hockey 3-1

by Joe Barbito

BOSTON, MA – In a Beanpot final rematch at Conte Forum, it was head coach Jerry York and the Eagles who laughed last, defeating the Huskies 3-1 on Senior Night at Conte Forum.

It was one of the roughest games Northeastern played this half of the season, and certainly their worst post-Beanpot contest.The Huskies were only able to manage 22 total shots, and in the first period – which was arguably their best – they allowed the Eagles to accumulate 14 shots on goal. The first twenty minutes came and went without either team lighting the lamp.

Scoring would eventually open at 3:06 of the first period when senior forward Austin Plevy netted his 4th of the year. Fellow senior forward Liam Pecararo went hard at work in the offensive zone and managed a shot on junior goaltender Joseph Woll, which barely trickled past the St. Louis native. The puck, then resting on the other side of Woll, was jammed home by Plevy. Pecararo earned his 17th assist of the season and his 8th point in three games. Junior defenseman Jeremy Davies picked up the secondary assist for his 24th of the year.

Fittingly enough for a senior night, senior defenseman Casey  Fitzgerald equalized things exactly three minutes later. Lurking just inside the blue line, Fitzgerald was the recipient of a perfect pass from sophomore forward Chris Grando, which he then turned into a beautiful seeing-eye wrist shot that torched sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau.

The game-winning goal came at 6:04 of the third period. Northeastern had been floundering defensively all evening, and the Eagles jumped at a sloppy turnover in the Husky end of the ice. Freshman Jack McBain was the initial shooter on a sequence that saw sophomore defenseman Michael Karow put a secondary chance through the crease. Freshman forward Marc McLaughlin found a loose puck outside the crease with Cayden Primeau viciously out of position trying to defend against Karow, and the Husky defense was nowhere to be found.

The puck was then deposited in the back of the net.

Junior forward David Cotton ended up picking up his 19th of the season on an empty net goal with 32 seconds remaining in regulation.

After the results of tonight’s contests, the Huskies remain tied for third with Lowell as the Riverhawks fell 1-0 to New Hampshire. In the Pairwise, they are at #13 at the time of this article’s release.

The Huskies will be back in action tomorrow night at Historic Matthews Arena as they try to split the weekend with Boston College. Joe Barbito and Adam Doucette will be on the call.

Men’s basketball pulls away from Delaware

by Matthew MacCormack

NEWARK, Del. — Delaware kept it close in front of its home crowd, but the Northeastern men’s basketball pulled away late in the second half, toppling the Blue Hens, 75-64, to earn their third-straight double-digit victory.

Redshirt senior point guard Vasa Pusica had 22 points and three rebounds, redshirt junior guard Jordan Roland had 17 points, and junior forward Bo Brace chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (19-10, 13-4 CAA). With the win, Northeastern put themselves in position to fight for a share of the CAA title on Saturday.

All the Huskies need for a share of a conference title for the second-straight season is a win at Drexel, followed by a Hofstra loss at Delaware on Saturday night.

Just eight players suited up for NU Thursday night, with junior guard Shawn Occeus (lower leg) missing his eighth straight game, and sophomore forward Tomas Murphy (foot) skipping the trip, as well. Both are considered doubtful for Saturday.

“We’re really proud of this group,” Coen said.

“To come in shorthanded and be able to execute the way they did, I thought our entire team really stepped up to the challenge and won a gritty game on the road.”

Delaware’s guard duo of sophomore Ryan Allen and freshman Ithiel Horton each scored 16 points to pace the Blue Hens (16-14, 8-9 CAA). Senior forward Eric Carter had 12 points and eight boards.

The Huskies shot 56% from the floor and 46% from three-point land. Sharing the basketball was a key, as NU assisted on 18 of its 29 field goals, while only coughing up eight turnovers.

Northeastern led early on Thursday night, but the Blue Hens held on for most of the game. A trio of Roland free-throws put the Huskies up, 36-26, with 1:37 to go in the first half, but Delaware ended the half on a 7-2 run to cut the lead back to five.

The game truly turned with 8:53 to go in the second half, when senior center Anthony Green (9 points, 4 rebounds) threw down a ferocious and-1 slam over Carter that turned a 50-48 lead to a 53-48 advantage.

“Anthony has the ability to change the game with a big defensive block or a dunk,” Coen said.

“Emotionally, that was exactly what we needed at the time.”

Horton cut the lead back to 2 with a layup three minutes later, but the Huskies responded with a 9-0 run. Gresham, Roland and Pusica each buried a triple to push the lead to 66-55, and the Huskies cruised from there.

Justin Littman and Matt MacCormack will have the call from Drexel, with pregame coverage beginning at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday from Philadelphia.

Huskies complete weekend sweep of UNH with 6-0 drubbing

by Joe Barbito

DURHAM, NH – Senior forward Lincoln Griffin and junior defenseman Jeremy Davies scored two goals each, and senior forward Liam Pecararo tallied three assists on the evening as the Huskies defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats 6-0.

The win gave Northeastern two critical points in the Hockey East standings, putting them in a tie for second with UMass Lowell who tied with Merrimack. Senior forward Brandon Hawkins reached the century mark, hitting 100 career points with an assist on Saturday night. Davies eclipse 30 points in a season for the second year in a row; the last Husky defenseman to do so was Dan McGillis in the mid-90s.

The Huskies went five-for-five on the penalty kill; UNH had a very dangerous power play at the end of the first period that saw multiple forward get point blank shots off on sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau. Primeau posted his fourth shutout of the season, stopping 23 shots.

Scoring opened up at 11:24 of the second period. Davies scored his first of the night when he slipped a shot past freshman goaltender Ty Taylor. The puck held up on the goal line momentarily, and junior defenseman Anthony Wyse tried to clear it from the crease. He may have ultimately poked it in, but the puck looked destined for the back of the net regardless.

Griffin would be the next Husky to get on the board early in the third when junior defenseman Ryan Shea hit him with a beautiful three-line pass. Griffin darted into the offensive zone, put a few moves on Taylor then back-handed his sixth goal of the season. Davies would get his second on the power play; Hawkins and senior forward Liam Pecararo earned the assists on the goal.

For his next magic trick, Griffin scored an unassisted short-handed goal to truly break the game open at 11:22, and chase Taylor from the game. Junior goaltender Joe Lazzaro was brought in to close out the game.

Sophomore forward Zach Solow and freshman forward Tyler Madden tacked on a pair of garbage time goals that came on  a five-minute major power play after freshman defenseman Ryan Verrier committed a game misconduct for an elbow to the head on junior forward John Picking.

The Huskies are tied for second in Hockey East and tied with Arizona State for #8 in the Pairwise. The conquest for home ice and an NCAA bid continues next week when Northeastern plays Boston College in a home-and-home on March 1 and March 2. Puck drop is set for 7pm both games.