Men’s Hockey Defeats Merrimack 9-1, Extends Winning Streak to Five

by Matt Neiser

Coming into their matchup against the Merrimack Warriors (4-10-1, 2-6-0 HE) with a four game winning streak, the Northeastern Huskies men’s hockey team (9-3-1, 5-1-1 HE) wasted no time ensuring that streak continued. When the dust settled, the Huskies walked away with a 9-1 victory, their largest of the season.

Matt Filipe and Austin Plevy both scored within four minutes of the start, giving Northeastern an early lead. Merrimack responded 3 minutes later through Patrick Kramer, as the junior’s shot trickled past netminder Cayden Primeau to cut the lead in half.

From there, it was all Huskies. Zach Solow added two before Brandon Hawkins capped off a frenetic first period with another, chasing goaltender Logan Halladay from the game and giving Northeastern a 5-1 lead heading into the break.

Solow lit the lamp a third time less than five minutes into the second period, capping off a 25-minute hat trick. John Picking slid two more into the Merrimack net later in the period, dispelling any worries of a Merrimack comeback.

The third period, though chippy at times, was much less eventful. Hawkins notched his second of the night six minutes in, and that was the last time either team saw a puck cross the line.

Northeastern finished with twelve different players scoring points on the night, including a first career point for freshman Julian Kislin. Kislin impressed on the night, giving the Huskies solid two-way play from the blue line.

In a game filled with penalties (31 total minutes), including a game misconduct for Merrimack’s Ryan Cook, Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan praised his team’s ability to stay focused. “I loved how we kept our mindset the same going into the second period, going into the third period, not swaying from our identity. I liked our discipline throughout the game.”

These two teams face off again in eight days, as the Huskies will travel to North Andover for a rematch on the Warriors’ home ice on December 8th.

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.

Northeastern Defeats UNH 5-3, Extends Winning Streak to Nine

By: Justin Littman

The Northeastern Huskies entered Saturday’s matchup against New Hampshire on a hot streak. Winners of eight straight, it was looking good for the Huskies when Alina Mueller scored less than six minutes into the game to put the Huskies up 1-0.

Northeastern continued to dominate throughout the first period, firing shot after shot on net. New Hampshire goaltender Kyra Smith did an admirable job, coming up with 17 saves on 19 shots in that period alone. While the Huskies dominated, a few unfortunate bounces resulted in a couple goals for the Wildcats. UNH scored twice in the first period, and we were knotted up after one.

Northeastern started the second period on the powerplay, but they did not get many opportunities and were unable to convert. Frustration built for the Huskies in this period, as they gave up a Power Play goal to Meghara McManus to go down 3-2. The Huskies were called for four penalties in that second period, and a lack of composure put Northeastern in a tough spot going into the third.

Despite the challenge, Northeastern proved ready for the task. A powerplay goal by Kasidy Anderson tied the game at 3-3 with just under five minutes to go. This seemingly energized the Huskies, and they did not stop there. Paige Capistran fired one from the point and found the back of the net. It was her second of the game, and it put the Huskies up 4-3 with 3:24 remaining. Northeastern would find the back of the net once more on an empty net goal, ending the game with a 5-3 victory.

The Huskies have now won 9 in a row, and they are up to 19 points in Hockey East play. Their next game is Friday, November 16th at Maine.

Column: Gaudette cements Northeastern legacy with inevitable Hobey Baker win

Photo courtesy Charles Krupa, Associated Press
Photo courtesy Charles Krupa, Associated Press

By: Dan McLoone

All due respect to Ryan Donato and Henrik Borgstrom, but they never stood a chance. The Hobey Baker Award was always destined to go to Adam Gaudette.

A 27-member selection committee confirmed something on Friday night in St. Paul that Northeastern fans have been witnessing all season in Boston – Gaudette is the best college player in the nation. For Gaudette, the Hobey Baker Award is the culmination of three scintillating years on Huntington Avenue. Three years of flexing his muscles as the scariest power play scorer in the nation. Three years of firing home one-timers while camped out at his favorite spot on the left dot. Three years of development that turned him from a nice complimentary scorer on a Hockey East Championship squad into one of the most dangerous open-ice skaters in the nation.

Northeastern has been fighting for decades to prove itself, desperately searching for the consistent success that would put it on the map as not only an afterthought when discussing the best teams in Boston, but into an actual bonafide NCAA hockey power.

Gaudette’s achievement is the crown jewel from three years of hard work for a program that has entrenched itself as a consistently dominant offensive force, immortalizing the forward in Husky lore and securing his status as one of the best players to ever wear the red and black.

Kevin Roy laid the foundation with a spectacular career and a Hockey East title. Zach Aston-Reese took it a step further by leading the nation in scoring last year to earn a Hobey Hat Trick nomination. But Gaudette is the one who scaled the mountain.

Roy captained an incredible team, but never produced the numbers needed to find himself in the Hobey discussion. Aston-Reese put up a gaudy stat line, but was beaten out by a player in Will Butcher who captained the National Champions in Denver. Gaudette was the first to combine both the eye-popping personal stats with the overall team success needed to reach the pinnacle of individual awards. And when the Hat Trick of Gaudette, Donato and Borgstrom was announced, there was never a doubt that the Braintree native would get his due recognition.

How certain was his coronation as the top player in the nation? I wrote this column on March 29th, eight days before Gaudette took the stage in Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

This isn’t to say that Borgstrom and Donato weren’t the right choices. But neither had the necessary stats or team success to dethrone Gaudette. Borgstrom, a Panthers draft pick, scored 23 goals to go with 29 assists for Denver, earning him NCHC Player of the Year recognition. But the reigning champs were bounced in their regional final by Ohio State, and the one extra round of tournament hockey wasn’t enough to dethrone Gaudette. Donato had the storyline factor going his way, scoring 26 goals for Harvard before potting five for Team USA at the Olympics and then proceeding to score five points in his first five games with the Bruins. But he only played 29 games for the Crimson due to international duties, and was unable to lead them to the NCAA tournament.

And then there’s Gaudette. The junior made Hockey East foes look foolish all season, leading the nation with 60 points on 30 goals and 30 assists. He scored a hat trick in the Beanpot Final to give NU its first title in the competition since 1988. He subsidized his nose for goal with a dominant presence on both sides of the ice, logging significant minutes on the penalty kill unit while creating numerous rushes the other way with his relentless backcheck pursuits. And the team success came with it, as the Huskies picked up an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Granted, Gaudette certainly couldn’t have achieved the peak of individual performance alone, and he’ll be the first one to tell you that. His on-ice chemistry with Dylan Sikura developed on the third line during his freshman year and slowly blossomed into one of the most dynamic scoring duos in the nation. Nolan Stevens’ ability with the puck on his stick opened up so many more lanes for Gaudette and Sikura to take advantage of out wide when they played together. Stevens brand of quiet leadership allowed Gaudette to be a more vocal presence. Sikura, always the bridesmaid and never the bride, has been one of the nation’s top playmakers for two years with two Hobey Baker nominations, but has been overshadowed by the superior goal scoring numbers of Aston-Reese and Gaudette. You could argue that Sikura’s skill allowed those two to make the jump into the nation’s elite.

But Gaudette was able to capitalize on the immense skill that he was surrounded with, finishing as NU’s all-time leader in power play goals and surpassing 100 career points in his junior season. He played a pivotal role in erasing the pain of 1988 altogether, spearheading the team’s first Beanpot title since then. He served as an excellent ambassador for both the Northeastern hockey program and the university overall. And now, he’s living out his NHL dream with the Vancouver Canucks. Not bad for a local kid from Braintree.

For Northeastern, having a Hobey Baker winner as an alum fits perfectly into the plan that head coach Jim Madigan outlined after the Huskies won Hockey East in 2016 – the Huskies are back. We’ve already seen the effects of the 2016 title in Northeastern’s recruiting classes over the past two years. Adding a Hobey Baker winner to the trophy case will only increase NU’s ability to compete on the national scene for years to come.

Josh Manson started it, countless other players have helped along the way, and Adam Gaudette will be immortalized forever for securing the final piece to the puzzle. Northeastern hockey is back in the national discussion. Thanks be to Gaud.

Adam Gaudette wins 2018 Hobey Baker Award

Photo credit, Northeastern Athletics
Photo credit, Northeastern Athletics

By: Josh Brown

For the first time in Northeastern history, the best player in college hockey played his home games at Matthews Arena. A historic season for alternate captain Adam Gaudette officially concluded on Friday evening when he was presented with the Hobey Baker Award at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gaudette beat out Harvard forward Ryan Donato and Denver forward Henrik Borgstrom for the nation’s most prestigious individual honor. Earlier in the evening, Gaudette along with teammates Dylan Sikura and Jeremy Davies were named CCM/ACHA First-Team All-Americans.

“Coming to Northeastern has been the biggest thing in my life,” said Gaudette. “It helped me prepare to be a pro, and I can’t thank the coaches and the staff enough for that. In saying so, my career at Northeastern has come to an end and I can’t wait to start my career with the Vancouver Canucks. I just want to thank Coach Madigan, Coach Keefe, Coach Smith, Coach McLaughlin for all they’ve done. I’m just really happy that they brought me in to be a Husky and they saw something in me that no one else did and their trust and loyalty really paid off and I can’t thank them enough for that.”

“This year at Northeastern has been one of the most memorable years of my life,” Gaudette added. “I wouldn’t be here without the guys on the team, and I especially wouldn’t be here without my two linemates, Dylan Sikura and Nolan Stevens. Playing on a line with those guys was the most fun I’ve ever had playing hockey. We accomplished a lot this year, winning a Beanpot for the first time in 30 years, and that’s something not a lot of people understand if you’re not from Boston. But that just meant so much to me personally and the team and the school and the community.”

A native of Braintree, Massachusetts, Gaudette ended the season atop the nation in goals (30) and points (60). He recorded 20 multi-point games in the 2017-2018 campaign (the most in college hockey), and he is just the tenth player in Northeastern history to rack up 60 points in a season. Earlier this year, he joined linemate Dylan Sikura, Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau and St. Lawrence’s Greg Carey as just the fourth player since 2012-2013 to net 50+ points in consecutive seasons.

Despite being a junior, Gaudette ended the season first in the nation in both active career goals (68) and active career power play goals (32). Additionally, he was third in the nation in active career points (142).

“We are incredibly proud of Adam for this tremendous honor,” said Northeastern coach Jim Madigan. “What he was able to accomplish this season is something that many players would dream of doing over a career. Every accolade he’s received this season is well-deserved, and to officially be recognized as college hockey’s top player speaks to his determination and incredible work ethic that Adam brings to the rink every day. His future in this game is extremely bright, and we thank him for everything’s he done for our hockey program and Northeastern University. We wish him the very best as he embarks on his professional career.”

Gaudette became the first Husky since Jason Guerriero in 2004-05 to win the Hockey East regular season scoring title (19 goals, 14 assists) this season. Of the now 10 Hobey Baker Award winners who have hailed from Hockey East, six won the conference scoring title (Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Jason Krog, Paul Kariya, David Emma).

On March 19, Gaudette was named the Walter Brown Award Winner, given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. He was also named the Beanpot MVP (4 goals, 2 assists) after leading the Huskies to their first tournament title since 1998.

Gaudette signed a three-year, entry level deal with the Vancouver Canucks on February 26. He has appeared in the team’s last four games.

 

Gaudette named Hobey Hat Trick finalist

Photo courtesy Jim Pierce, Northeastern Athletics
Photo courtesy Jim Pierce, Northeastern Athletics

By: Josh Brown

For the second consecutive season, one of the three best players in college hockey played his home games at Matthews Arena. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award named forward Adam Gaudette to the Hobey Hat Trick on Thursday afternoon. Gaudette is joined by University of Denver forward Henrik Borgstrom and Harvard University forward Ryan Donato as the three players remaining in contention for the nation’s top award, which will be handed out on April 6 at the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“We’re very proud of Adam for putting himself in a position to win college hockey’s highest individual honor,” said Northeastern coach Jim Madigan. “He has been one of the top players in the NCAA for the last two seasons, which is a testament to the level of work that he puts into his game daily both on and off the ice. It was a privilege to have him as a member of our team for the last three seasons. His work ethic and determination have certainly rubbed off on his teammates, which will positively impact our program well into the future.”

The Hockey East Player of the Year joins Brad Thiessen (2009) and Zach Aston-Reese (2017) as the third player in Northeastern history to be named to the Hobey Hat Trick.

A native of Braintree, Massachusetts, Gaudette ended the season atop the nation in goals (30) and points (60). He recorded 20 multi-point games in the 2017-2018 campaign (the most in college hockey), and he is just the tenth player in Northeastern history to rack up 60 points in a season. Earlier this year, he joined linemate Dylan Sikura, Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau and St. Lawrence’s Greg Carey as just the fourth player since 2012-2013 to net 50+ points in consecutive seasons.

Despite being a junior, Gaudette ended the season first in the nation in both active career goals (68) and active career power play goals (32). Additionally, he was third in the nation in active career points (142).

Gaudette became the first Husky since Jason Guerriero in 2004-05 to win the Hockey East regular season scoring title (19 goals, 14 assists) this season. Of the nine Hobey Baker Award winners who have hailed from Hockey East, five won the conference scoring title (Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Jason Krog, Paul Kariya, David Emma).

On March 19, Gaudette was named the Walter Brown Award Winner, given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. He was also named the Beanpot MVP (4 goals, 2 assists) after leading the Huskies to their first tournament title since 1998.

Gaudette signed a three-year, entry level deal with the Vancouver Canucks on February 26. He is expected to make his debut on Thursday night against Edmonton.

No. 8 Northeastern falls to No. 10 Michigan in first round of NCAA Tournament

By: Christian Skroce

WORCESTER, MA – For the second time in three seasons, the Northeastern University men’s hockey team ends their season with a loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, this time to the Michigan Wolverines.

In what promised to be a high scoring matchup between two of the nation’s top offenses, it was the defenses that ruled the day early on. After a scoreless first period, it was Michigan forward Cooper Marody who finally broke the deadlock with just five minutes left in the second period. Northeastern would respond quickly though as just three minutes later Dylan Sikura fired home a power play goal off a pinpoint pass from Jeremy Davies to even the score at one going into the third period.

The scoring continued after the second intermission as Dexter Dancs’ backhanded shot put Michigan back on top 2-1 with 15 minutes left in the third period. After a frustrating next seven minutes, the Huskies tied it up once again as Eric Williams blasted home a long-range effort with eight minutes to go in the game. The Wolverines would respond though as Marody once again gave Michigan the lead with just 4:30 left in the third period. Michigan would not look back as the Wolverines cruised to a 3-2 win after the Huskies failed to generate quality opportunities in the final minutes of the game.

Freshman goalie Cayden Primeau got the start in net, making 29 saves on the evening. Hayden Lavigne made 19 saves in the net for Michigan in route to the win.

 

No. 7 Northeastern advances to Hockey East semifinals with 7-2 win over UMass

Photo courtesy Maddie Meyer, Getty Images
Photo courtesy Maddie Meyer, Getty Images

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – For the second time in three seasons, the No. 7 Northeastern University men’s hockey team is on to the TD Garden for the Hockey East semifinals.

While Friday’s Hockey East quarterfinals Game 1 against UMass was a nail-biter until the bitter end, the Huskies scored early and often and never looked back en route to a 7-2 win in Game 2 of the series on Saturday in front of 2,538 fans at Matthews Arena.

The victory gives Northeastern (23-8-5) a program record 14 home wins on the 2017-2018 campaign. It is also gives Jim Madigan’s squad a season-long seven-game winning streak.

Freshman goalie Cayden Primeau got the start in net, making 28 saves on the evening. Ryan Wischow made 14 saves in net for UMass (17-20-2) and Brad Arvanitis stopped seven shots in the third period in relief.

Jeremy Davies got the scoring going early for the Huskies, potting his sixth goal of the season less than four minutes into the opening frame. The sophomore defenseman received a pass from Biagio Lerario at the point and danced around a defender before beating Wischow five-hole.

With just 31 seconds remaining in the first, Nolan Stevens scored his first of two on the night after Lincoln Griffin sent him a pass from behind the net that the senior captain jammed past Wischow.

The Huskies piled on four more goals in the second period, courtesy of Adam Gaudette, Dylan Sikura, Brandon Hawkins and Stevens. Gaudette’s goal was number 30 on the season, making him the 11th player in team history to reach the milestone.

UMass forward Niko Rufo and Lincoln Griffon traded goals in the opening ten minutes of the third period and Minutemen junior Brett Boeing scored the final goal of the game with 3:10 remaining.

The Huskies will take on Providence in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday night at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. Josh Brown, Joe Barbito and Christian Skroce will have complete coverage, with pregame beginning at 7:45 p.m.

 

Sikura leads No. 7 Northeastern past UMass in Game 1 of Hockey East quarterfinals

Photo courtesy of NHL.com
Photo courtesy of NHL.com

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – Who else but Dylan Sikura?

With Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals knotted up at two midway through the third period, the senior assistant captain received an Adam Gaudette pass in the high slot and ripped a wrist shot past UMass goalie Ryan Wischow.

Ball game.

The late tally proved to be the winner, as the No. 7 Northeastern men’s hockey team beat UMass, 3-2, in front of 1,919 fans at Matthews Arena on Friday night.  The victory gives Northeastern a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for the Huskies (22-8-5), making 29 saves on the evening. Wischow stopped 28 pucks on the other end of the ice for UMass (17-19-2).

After a tight-checking, clean first period produced zero pucks in the back of the net, the Huskies scored two on a five-minute power play midway through the second period. UMass freshman forward Jake Gaudet received the game misconduct for crushing defenseman Garrett Cecere behind the net.

Nolan Stevens scored first at the 8:51 mark of the period when he tipped home a Jeremy Davies (two assists) shot from the point. Exactly four minutes later, with just 16 seconds remaining on the power play, Sikura netted his first of the night on a one-time feed from Davies at the left dot.

UMass cut the deficit to one just 22 seconds later when Austin Albrecht fired a shot from above the left circle that beat Primeau glove side.  The Minutemen carried that momentum into the third and tied the game just under three minutes into the period on Brett Boeing’s second goal of the year.

Although UMass controlled the tempo for the rest of the period, Sikura scored his 19th of the season at  the 13:48 mark to put the Huskies in front for good.

Northeastern will look to punch its ticket to the Hockey East semifinals when they take on UMass in Game 2 of the series on Saturday night at Matthews Arena. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame coverage getting underway at 6:45 p.m.