Three-goal third period pushes Boston College to 4-1 win over No. 12 Northeastern

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON- Same situation. Different result.

Trailing 1-0 after two periods to Boston College on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, Northeastern was hoping for some of the same magic that propelled them to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Vermont just a night prior.

But the Eagles scored three goals in a span of less than three minutes to lead them to a 4-1 win over Northeastern.

The win improves the Eagles (8-5-1, 8-1-0) to 5-0-1 in their last six games at Matthews Arena.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for the Huskies (7-4-1, 5-2-0), saving 26 shots on the evening.

BC struck first at 19:49 courtesy of an even strength goal from Jesper Mattila. Battling in front of the net, the sophomore redirected a rocket past Primeau.

Northeastern peppered Eagles goalie Joe Woll (27 saves) with 13 shots in the second period, but the sophomore was able to keep Northeastern off the board. Primeau stopped all three shots that he saw in the middle frame.

Both squads came out firing in the third period, but neither was able to find the back of the net until Graham McPhee slotted a puck home on the power play at 9:16. Ron Grecco and Julius Mattila quickly followed up with two goals off quirky bounces to put the Eagles up 4-0.

John Picking answered with his first collegiate goal at 16:41, but it was too little too late.

Northeastern will have 10 days off for Thanksgiving before traveling to Hartford on November 28th for a Tuesday night tilt against UConn. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m.


Third period rally leads No. 12 Northeastern to 2-1 victory over Vermont

By: Dan McLoone

BOSTON – The high-scoring offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders on Friday night for No. 12 Northeastern, but the Huskies were able to produce just enough goals to earn a 2-1 comeback win over Vermont at Matthews Arena.

Freshman Alex Esposito opened the scoring 1:14 into the first period for the Catamounts (3-8-1, 1-4-1 Hockey East), corralling a rebound in the crease off of a Derek Lodermeier shot and sending it home for his first career goal.

The Huskies (7-3-1, 5-1-0 HE) had numerous chances to tie it, but were unable to capitalize on two power play opportunities and rang post four times on the evening. Dylan Sikura and Garrett Cockerill both returned to the lineup to boost the offense, but Vermont netminder Stefanos Lekkas (25 saves) made the Huskies work for goals all night.

With 9:10 left in the third, the Huskies  offense finally broke through. Matt Filipe got a stick on a shot from Ryan Shea along the blue line and deflected it past Stefanos Lekkas to tie the score.

NU kept up the persistent offensive pressure down the stretch and were finally rewarded. Dylan Sikura led Jeremy Davies with an entry pass into the offensive zone, and Davies skated in from the right side before slotting a shot into the bottom right corner of the net with 2:12 left to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead. The defense stood strong down the stretch, as freshman netminder Cayden Primeau made 20 saves on the night to preserve the win.

With the win, the Huskies move snap a five-game winless streak against Vermont and move to 5-1 in Hockey East play for the first time since 1985. They will look to continue the strong start when Boston College visits Matthews Arena on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. with coverage beginning on 6:45 p.m. on WRBB.


Three third period goals propels UMass Lowell to 4-2 win over No. 13 Northeastern

By: Josh Brown

LOWELL – The Hockey East undefeated streak ends at four.

Tommy Panico scored two third period goals and Nick Master added another to lead UMass Lowell to a come-from-behind 4-2 win over No. 13 Northeastern on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center.

Cayden Primeau got the start in net for Northeastern (6-3-1, 4-1-0), making 26 saves on the evening. The freshman goalie took two shots to the head throughout the course of the game, but was able to remain in net.

Northeastern took a 1-0 lead when sophomore defenseman Jeremy Davies beat UMass Lowell (5-7-0, 2-6-0) netminder Christoffer Hernberg (33 saves) five-hole on the power play. The goal was Davies’ first on the season.

Lowell answered with a power play goal of its own at the 17:44 mark in the first period. Sophomore Tyler Lohin took a feed from Kenny Hausinger and roofed it over Primeau’s shoulder.

The second period was a back-and-forth affair that ended with a Nolan Stevens power play goal with just under four minutes remaining. The senior captain cleaned up a rebound off an Adam Gaudette shot and guided it into the back of the net.

Lowell started the third period with a burst of energy, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the frame. Tommy Panico tied the game up at two before Nick Master gave the River Hawks a lead that they would ultimately hold on to.

Despite a flurry of chances for both teams throughout the game’s final 14 minutes, the only other tally was a Panico empty net strike with 49 seconds remaining in the game.

Northeastern will next take the ice on Friday when they host Hockey East foe Vermont. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame analysis beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Gaudette, Griffin lead No. 13 Northeastern to 6-1 beatdown over No. 15 Boston University

By: Dan McLoone

BOSTON – A sold-out crowd showed up to the No. 13 Northeastern men’s’ ice hockey game on Homecoming weekend, and the Huskies did not disappoint. The Huskies completed a series sweep of No. 15 Boston University with a 6-1 blowout win at a raucous Matthews Arena on Friday night, extending an unbeaten start to the season in Hockey East play.

Nolan Stevens opened the scoring for the Huskies (6-2-1, 4-0-0 Hockey East) three minutes into the game, firing a puck over the shoulder of BU goalie Jake Oettinger. Adam Gaudette doubled the lead 3:17 later, wristing home a shot from the slot.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the second period, the Terriers (4-6-1, 2-3-1 HE) wasted little time cutting into the lead. Patrick Harper made it 2-1 just 42 seconds into the period, skating coast-to-coast with the puck and firing home a shot from the blue line.

It was all Northeastern from there, as Gaudette reclaimed a two-goal cushion for the Huskies at the 16:30 mark, poking home a shot from Zach Solow (3 assists) on the power play that bounced off the boards behind the net and into the crease.

Lincoln Griffin made it 4-1 6:39 into the third period, deflecting home a power play shot from the blue line off the stick of Solow. Griffin added his second goal of the night seven minutes later, beating Oettinger to a 50-50 puck in the offensive zone and sending it into an empty net to make it 5-1.

That second goal spelled the end of the night for Oettinger, who was pulled in favor of Max Prawdzik after making 16 saves on 21 shots. On the other side of the ice, freshman Cayden Primeau was solid in net for the Huskies, making 33 saves on 34 shots.

The Huskies weren’t done there, as they continued to pile on following a 10-minute misconduct call on Patrick Curry with just 14 seconds left in the game. In the ensuing man advantage, Trevor Owens threw a shot on net from the blue line that Bobby Hampton redirected home for NU’s third power play goal of the game and a 6-1 lead.

The win was the first home victory over BU since 2012 for the Huskies, snapping a five-game stretch. It also marks the first series win against the Terriers since the 2000-01 season, and gives NU two straight victories over BU for the first time since 2012-13.

Northeastern will now focus on a quick turnaround, as the team travels North to Lowell to take on the UMass Lowell Riverhawks on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.with full coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m. on WRBB.


Stevens hat trick leads No. 15 Northeastern to 4-1 win over No. 12 Boston University

By: Dan McLoone

BOSTON – The high-powered Northeastern offense showed up once again on Saturday night, as a Nolan Stevens hat trick paced the No. 15 Huskies to a 4-1 win over No.12 Boston University at Agganis Arena.

Bobby Hampton got the scoring going for the Huskies (5-2-1, 3-0-0 Hockey East), poking home a puck in the crease to make it 1-0 at the 11:44 mark. It was the second career goal for the freshman, who has now scored in consecutive contests. The Huskies doubled the lead as the horn sounded, as Nolan Stevens took skated in all alone and slotted the puck five-hole past BU netminder Jake Oettinger (28 saves) to make it 2-0 with .1 seconds left in the period.

The Terriers (4-5-1, 2-2-1 HE) cut the lead in half just 2:09 into the second period when Jordan Greenway got a stick on a loose puck in the crease to make it 2-1. Stevens made it a two-goal cushion for the Huskies once again at the 9:23 mark with a finish in the slot off of a rebound before completing the hat trick on a redirected tip off of a Ryan Shea slot from the point. The hat trick was the first of Stevens’ collegiate career.

Things got chippy throughout the matchup, as Ryan Ruck suffered a concussion from an incidental hit to the head from Patrick Harper late in the first period. Ruck, who made 14 saves, was originally cleared by trainers before being pulled midway through the second period. Cayden Primeau replaced him in net, standing tall through multiple BU offensive chances while making 19 saves. Biagio Lerario also exited the game early after taking a hit from Nikolas Olsson that led to his ejection. Lerario did not return, and is considered day-to-day.

The win moves the Huskies to 3-0-0 in Hockey East play for the first time since the 2008-09 season. It also snaps an eight-game winless streak against the Terriers that dates back to 2015 and ends a tough 1-11-1 stretch against the Terriers since 2013.

Northeastern will look to continue its strong start in Hockey East play next weekend. The Huskies host BU on Friday night before traveling North to take on UMass Lowell on Saturday night. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. starts, with pregame beginning at 6:45 p.m. on WRBB.


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.

Gaudette hat trick leads No. 20 Northeastern to 3-1 win over No. 17 UMass Lowell

By: Dan McLoone

LOWELL – Adam Gaudette helped Jim Madigan reach 100 wins in style, netting a natural hat trick in just two periods as No. 20 Northeastern bested No. 17 UMass Lowell, 3-1, at the Tsongas Center on Friday night.

Gaudette got the scoring going just five minutes into the game for the Huskies (3-2-1, 1-0-0 Hockey East), firing home a rebound on the doorstep off a Garrett Cockerill shot on the power play to make it 1-0. He doubled the lead two minutes into the second period, batting home a puck just seconds into the power play to make it 2-0.

The junior Braintree native completed the hat trick with just five seconds left in the second, slapping home yet another rebound on the doorstep to make it 3-0.

Connor Sodergren cut into the lead seven minutes into the third period, firing a shot that deflected off of a Northeastern skate and past netminder Ryan Ruck to make it 3-1. The Riverhawks (3-3-0, 0-2-0 HE) sustained heavy offensive pressure down the stretch, but Ruck stood strong strong in net, making 23 saves.

Dylan Sikura tallied two assists on the evening to bring his nation-leading point total to 14 (6 goals, 8 assists), while also extending his streak of multi-point games to six. Sophomore defenseman Jeremy Davies added three assists.

The victory was career win number 100 for Madigan, reaching the milestone after missing out on opportunities in the last two weekends. He improves to 100-98-28 in his seventh season at the helm on Huntington Avenue.

The Huskies will return to Matthews Arena to close out the weekend series against the Riverhawks on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. with full coverage provided by WRBB beginning at 6:45.


Whelan overtime winner leads Quinnipiac to weekend sweep of Northeastern

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – On five different occasions No. 16 Northeastern held a lead over No. 18 Quinnipiac this weekend. Quinnipiac battled back each and every time.

With just 37.8 seconds remaining in overtime on Saturday, Bobcats’ forward Alex Whelan snuck a shot over the shoulder of Ryan Ruck to complete a weekend sweep of the Huskies in front of 1,719 fans at Matthews Arena.

The loss spoiled a career high 43-save performance for Ruck, who played for the first time since opening night against Sacred Heart.

After being outshot by Northeastern by a 41-16 margin on Friday, the Bobcats peppered Ruck with 46 shots on Saturday. The Huskies only mustered 26 shots on Quinnipiac goalie Andrew Shortridge.

Northeastern (2-2-1) struck first on a Dylan Sikura goal at the 16:46 mark of the first period. With the Huskies skating five-on-three, Sikura collected a long rebound off of a Garret Cockerill one-timer and fired it into the open net.

Although Chase Priskie would answer with just over six minutes remaining in the second period, the Huskies were quick to regain the lead. Just 2:34 after the Priskie goal, sophomore Grant Jozefek took a pass from Sikura and shot a wrister past Shortridge (24 saves).

Priskie would knot the score up once again just 1:33 into the third period. The senior defenseman took a feed from Tanner MacMaster and roofed it over the shoulder of Ruck. Despite a flurry of opportunities for both teams in the period’s final 18 minutes, neither could find the back of the net.

Although Quinnipiac controlled possession for most of overtime, it looked like the two teams were destined for a draw. But with just 37.8 seconds remaining, Whelan netted the game-winner to send the Bobcats home happy.

Northeastern will open up Hockey East play next weekend, when they take on UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series. WRBB will have complete coverage of both games, with coverage beginning 15 minutes prior to puck drop.

Three goal third period leads Quinnipiac to win over Northeastern

By: Dan McLoone

BOSTON – The Northeastern offense was strong once again, but the defense squandered numerous opportunities as the Huskies allowed six goals on 15 shots in a 6-4 loss to No. 18 Quinnipiac University at Matthews Arena on Friday night.

The Huskies (2-1-1) outshot the Bobcats (2-1-1) 41-15, but were unable to hold onto three different leads in a disappointing result, as freshman netminder Cayden Primeau allowed six goals while making just nine saves.

The Bobcats got the scoring going, as Alex Whelan netted a power play tally to give QU a 1-0 lead 7:39 into the game. Nolan Stevens (1 goal, 1 assist) evened the score with a power play tally of his own with 2:35 left in the first for his first goal of the season.

Dylan Sikura (2 goals, 1 assist) made it 2-1 just 1:22 into the second period, powering a shot past Keith Petruzzelli (37 saves). The goal was the 100th point of Sikura’s career, making him the 50th player in program history to reach that milestone.

The Huskies just couldn’t hold onto a lead all night, giving up three different one-goal leads. Landon Smith tied the game up at two 10 minutes into the second period, but Adam Gaudette (1 goal, 1 assist) gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead just 38 seconds later. Odeen Tufto evened the score with four minutes left in the period before Sikura netted his second of the game with 1.3 seconds left in the second period to give the Huskies a 4-3 lead and tons of momentum heading into the third period.

Trailing heading into the third period, the Bobcats wasted no time in evening the score. Karlis Cukste knotted the game up once again just 1:04 into the period, and QU took the lead for good just eight minutes later on a Tanner MacMaster goal. Craig Martin extended the lead out to 6-4 with 5:46 remaining, and the Huskies couldn’t create the offensive firepower to find the back of the net again.

The Huskies will look to shake off the tough result as they finish out the series against Quinnipiac on Saturday night. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. with full pregame coverage beginning at 6:45 on WRBB.

Late rally propels Northeastern to tie at RIT

By: Josh Brown

Down 3-0 to RIT with just under six minutes remaining in the second period, Northeastern (2-0-1) received goals from Lincoln Griffin, Garret Cockerill and Dylan Sikura in the game’s final 24 minutes to salvage a tie against the Atlantic Hockey foe.

In net, Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau made 24 saves in keeping the comeback chance alive. The Huskies started 0-for-6 on the power play, but Sikura converted with just 2:40 remaining to send the game to overtime. Both teams successfully killed off a penalty in overtime to preserve the draw.

The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when they take on ECAC foe Quinnipiac at Matthews Arena. Both Friday and Saturday are scheduled for 7 p.m. WRBB will have complete coverage beginning at 6:45.