Hockey East Preview: Merrimack Warriors

Last Season: 7–24–3 (4–18–2, 11th place); missed HE playoffs

Head Coach: Scott Borek (second season)

Coaches’ Poll Projected Finish: 11th

Losses

  • G Logan Halladay
  • G Craig Panatano
  • G Drew Volger
  • D Matt McArdle
  • D Alex Carle
  • F Derek Petti
  • F Michael Babcock
  • F Christian Simeone
  • F Chase Olsen
  • F Jackson Bales
  • F Laine McKay
  • F Cole McBride
  • F Logan Coomes

Additions

  • G Jere Huhtamaa
  • G Troy Kobryn
  • D Declan Carlile
  • D Jacob Modry
  • D Zach Vinell
  • D Zach Uens
  • D Liam Dennison
  • F Liam Walsh
  • F Hugo Esselin
  • F Regan Kimmens
  • F Mac Welsher
  • F Ben Brar
  • F Joey Cassetti
  • F Christian Simeone
  • F Ryan Nolan
  • F Flip Forsmark
  • F James Corcoran

By Dale Desantis

Last year was the beginning of a plan for seismic change in Merrimack’s hockey program. The school replaced 13-year head coach Mark Dennehy with successful Providence assistant Scott Borek. With Merrimack relatively new in Division I — men’s hockey joined in 1989 — the perception of the North Shore program seemed ready to change.

Unfortunately, Merrimack hit a new low in 2018–19, tallying just seven wins all year and finishing last in Hockey East with four conference wins. It was their worst record in twelve seasons; the team hasn’t had a winning record since 2011. Wins over powerhouses Northeastern, BU, BC, and Michigan provided the season’s sole saving grace.

After such a dismal season it’s unsurprising that for Borek to retain his position, he needed to immediately bail out the Warriors’ sinking ship. Coming into this season, he cut seven players and recruited sixteen. As the prospects stand for this season, no one expects too much for the upcoming season.

One of the few returning bright spots is freshman goal scorer Chase Gresock. Tallying 24 points with 11 goals and 13 assists last season, the newcomer cemented himself as someone to watch. Hopefully within Borek’s big recruiting class coach there’s a better first line to help Gresock build upon a respectable start to his career.

Bottom Line: Merrimack is a last-place team, and when seven players are cut going into a season it reflects poorly on the pre-Borek era. Until Borek strings together good recruiting classes, Merrimack will remain at the bottom of Hockey East.

Hockey East Preview: UMass Lowell Riverhawks

Last season: 19–13–5 (12–7–5 HE); lost in HE quarterfinal

Head Coach: Norm Bazin (eighth season)

Coaches’ Poll Projected Finish: Sixth

Losses

  • G Christffer Hernberg
  • D Avini Bershia
  • D Croix Evingson
  • D Seth Barton
  • F Nick Master
  • F Ryan Dmowski
  • F Connor Wilson
  • F Ryan Lohin
  • F Cole Paksus
  • F Michael Dill
  • F Nick Marin
  • D Mattais Goransson

Additions

  • G Logan Neaton
  • D Jordan Schulting
  • D Marek Korenick
  • F Matt Brown
  • F Carl Berglund
  • F Brian Chambers
  • F Andre Lee

By Dale Desantis

The Riverhawks’ 2018–19 season was a great success. With a 19–13–5 record, Head Coach Norm Bazin rebounded from a tough 2017–18 campaign that saw the Riverhawks slip from fourth to seventh in the conference standings. Behind a group of rising juniors and senior scorer Ryan Dmowski, the Riverhawks placed fourth in Hockey East last year with 12 conference wins, with two coming against powerhouses BC and Northeastern.

Unfortunately the regular seaon success did not carry to the postseason, as BU eliminated UMass Lowell in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Although this was a disappointment, BU was playing great hockey after a dismal start to the season.

Last year the Riverhawks were anchored by junior goaltender Tyler Wall and his impressive .929 save percentage. Five different players tallied over 20 points, led by junior forward Ryan Lohin (27). Although no one put up huge offensive stats, the scoring-by-committee model and unselfish play benefited the team. With Wall and four of the top five goal scorers returning, the Riverhawks are poised for another solid season.

Bottom Line: The biggest knock against Coach Bazin’s squad is an inability to land top-rated recruits. BC and BU both scored great recruiting classes and will likely leapfrog Lowell in the standings. Nonetheless, Lowell is a well-run program primed to contend in Hockey East.

Hockey East Preview: UMass Amherst Minutemen

Last season: 31–10–0 (18–6–0 HE, first place); lost in HE semifinals to BC, lost NCAA National Championship to Minnesota Duluth

Head Coach: Greg Carvel (fourth season)

Coaches’ Poll Projected Finish: Second

Losses

  • D Cale Makar
  • D Ryan Bliss
  • D Mario Ferraro
  • F Jacob Pritchard
  • F Brett Boeing
  • F Kurt Keats

Additions

  • G Alex Camarre
  • D Gianfranco Cassaro
  • D Zac Jones
  • D Jaakko Haarti
  • F Jeremy Davidson
  • F Eric Faith
  • F Calen Kiefiuk
  • F Reed Lebster
  • F Peyton Reeves

By Jonathan Golbert

On April 12th, 2019, Cale Makar stepped onto the stage at Harborcenter in Buffalo to accept the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top NCAA men’s hockey player. On April 13th, he stepped on the ice to lead the charge for the Minutemen in the national championship against Minnesota Duluth. And on April 14th, he stepped on to a flight bound for Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after signing an entry-level Contract with the Colorado Avalanche. The player who took UMass hockey from the conference basement to the national championship in just two years was gone.

Though Makar’s departure from Amherst was expected, it still leaves a gaping hole in UMass’s defense. His accolades seem endless: fourth pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Hobey Baker Winner, Hockey East Player of the Year, First Team All-American. But most importantly, he was a leader on and off the ice for a young, talented Massachusetts team.

The Minutemen have other departures to contend with, too. Sophomore defenseman Mario Ferraro left school early to sign with the San Jose Sharks, and seniors Jacob Pritchard, Brett Boeing, and Kurt Keats also leave holes in the Minutemen’s lines. Pritchard’s contributions will be sorely missed; he notched an exceptional 47 points last season, second only to Makar’s mind-boggling 49.

Head Coach Greg Carvel brings a nine-player freshman class to boost his roster, including New York Rangers’ third round Pick Zac Jones. Jones is the star of this recruiting class: an offensive defenseman who moves the puck well and fits perfectly into the UMass blue line. He will be joined by a crop of USHL talent, plus goalie Alex Camarre and defensemen Jaakko Haarti and Gianfranco Cassaro. Jones and forwards Reed Lebster and Peyton Reeves have the best chances of starting on opening night for the Minutemen.

Junior forwards Mitchell Chafee and John Leonard have demonstrated an eye for goal and excellent passing vision, and will be expected to step up their point production. Long Island native Bobby Trivigno also looks to make his mark after a successful 28-point rookie season. After a three-point performance against UNH in Game 1 of the Hockey East Playoffs, Trivigno received high praise from Carvel, who said, “He’s probably our most important player… He’s the best forward on our team. He’s outstanding.”

Sophomore Marc Del Gaizo played on the top pair with Cale Makar last season and is expected to contribute from the blue line again this year. He is a powerful skater with an excellent shot, comfortable with the puck in both zones. With man-advantage mainstays Makar and Ferraro on to the NHL, Del Gaizo will often be directing the Minutemen power play squad from the point.

One of the more interesting storylines for Amherst will be identifying their top netminder. Both Matt Murray and Filip Lindberg are solid; Murray started the season as Carvel’s number one, but Lindberg took over the starting role come playoff time and was absolutely lights out. Lindberg posted a staggering 1.60 GAA and .934 SV% over 17 games for the Minutemen last year, but without two of his best defenders, he’ll have his work cut out for him.

Bottom Line: The loss of Makar is a crushing blow, but most of last year’s offensive core is returning for the 2019–20 season. With Del Gaizo set to step up and lead from the blue line and reinforcements coming in Zac Jones and others, they’ve hedged their bets to try to reload the defense. UMass will remain an offensive powerhouse, but with the departures of Makar and Ferraro, a weakened defense, and an underwhelming recruiting class, they might fall just short of the Hockey East regular season crown.

Hockey East Preview: UConn Huskies

Last Season: 12–20–2 (7–15–2 HE, ninth place); missed HE playoffs

Head Coach: Mike Cavanaugh (seventh season)

Coaches’ Poll Projected Finish: Ninth

Losses

  • G Adam Huska
  • D Miles Gendron
  • F Karl El-Mir
  • F Max Kalter

Additions

  • G Ryan Keane
  • D Carter Berger
  • D Jacob Flynn
  • D Yan Kuznetsov
  • D Harrison Rees
  • F Matej Blümel
  • F Eric Linell
  • F Vladislav Firstov

By Jonathan Golbert

Save for a OT win against Hockey East Champions Northeastern and a March 8th upset of then-No. 2 Massachusetts, it was another disappointing season in Storrs for the UConn men’s team. They notched just seven Hockey East wins and missed the postseason for the first time since 2002–2003.

This summer, UConn lost all three of their seniors and junior goaltender Adam Huska. Huska decided to forgo his senior season, signing an entry-level contract with the Rangers in March. Forward Karl El-Mir will head to the AHL, signing an ATO with the Bruins’ affiliate in Providence, as will former captain Miles Gendron. Senior forward Max Kalter joined the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks, an affiliate of the Calgary Flames. The Huskies will sorely miss the offensive contributions of El-Mir and Kalter, who combined for 19 goals and 24 assists last season.

The Huskies’ crop of incoming recruits features three players chosen in June’s NHL Entry Draft. Vladislav Firstov was taken in the second round by the Minnesota Wild, and Matej Blümel and Carter Berger were taken in the fourth round by Edmonton and Florida, respectively. Firstov and Blümel, teammates on the USHL’s Waterloo Blackhawks, will take on big roles straight away for Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh’s squad, as they look to replace the leadership and production up front from El-Mir and Kalter.

After the graduation of last year’s captain Gendron, one of UConn’s first priorities this offseason was appointing new athlete leadership. They filled this void by making Seniors Benjamin Freeman and Wyatt Newpower co-captains. Islanders prospect Ruslan Ishakov will also look to take a leadership role this year; the 5’8” Russian looks to use his blistering speed, soft hands, and good hockey IQ to build on an impressive 21-point freshman campaign.

Fellow Sophomore Jachym Kondelik will also be an important piece for the Huskies. His 6’7” frame makes the Czech centerman a matchup nightmare for opposing teams, as highlighted by his 22 assists last season. Another player to watch is highly-rated freshman Vladislav Firstov. He has an exceptional shot, great passing vision, and works hard at both ends of the ice. He’ll contribute right away and look to be a mainstay in this lineup for several years.

The departure of netminder Adam Huska will give an opportunity for sophomore Tomas Vomacka to step into the starting role after appearing in 15 games last year. Vomacka’s strong skating, athleticism, and rebound control allowed him to post the fourth-best save percentage in Hockey East (.922). He is well-positioned to take over in net for the Huskies this year ahead of junior Bradley Stone and freshman Ryan Keane.

A key barometer for improvement for this team will be their discipline and special teams play: Huskies sat in the sin bin for over 350 minutes last season, but killed only 77 percent of their penalties, 10th in Hockey East.

Mike Cavanaugh’s recruiting has been excellent the past two years, and he’s seeing the dividends in this year’s roster. UConn’s program is still in the bottom half of Hockey East, but their underclassmen-heavy squad is reminiscent in structure (minus one Cale Makar and a whole lot of talent) to the one that shuttled UMass Amherst all the way to the national championship game last year.

Bottom Line: The Husky offense features a plethora of strong 6’3”+ players backing up the smaller puck-handlers. Every man on the ice — regardless of size — can pass, shoot, and score. The incoming freshmen will bolster the Huskies’ lines, and the star-studded sophomore class has a year of college hockey under its belt. UConn will improve from last season, but there will still be considerable growing pains for a program still searching for its first winning season in Hockey East.

Hockey East Preview: Vermont Catamounts

Last Season: 12–19–3 (5–16–3 HE, 10th place); missed HE playoffs

Head Coach: Kevin Sneddon (17th season)

Coaches’ Poll Projected Finish: 10th

Losses

  • F Thomas Aldworth
  • F Liam Coughlin
  • F Martin Frechette
  • D Jake Massie
  • F Conor O’Neil
  • F Craig Puffer

Additions

  • F Jacques Bouquot
  • F Simon Boyko
  • F William Lemay
  • D Andrew Lucas
  • F Riley McCutcheon
  • F Thomas Beretta

By Matt Neiser

It was a forgettable 2018–19 campaign for the Vermont Catamounts, who finished second-to-last in Hockey East after accumulating just five wins in conference play. The Catamounts closed out the season with a winless month, going 0–5–1 over their final six games. Not ideal.

The lone bright spot for Vermont was goaltender Stefanos Lekkas, who was one of the best netminders in the country last season. The rising senior posted a ridiculous .930 save percentage and a 2.27 goals against average, earning him spots as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and Mike Richter Award semifinalist.

There were rumors swirling in March that Lekkas had entered the NCAA transfer portal, but — much to the relief of Catamount fans everywhere — he dispelled those rumors and reaffirmed his commitment to Vermont for his senior year.

Head coach Kevin Sneddon’s Catamounts play a physical brand of hockey, relying on their size and muscle to tire teams out and keep pucks away from the net. Combined with the stellar goaltending of Lekkas, it makes for a rather formidable defense. Despite ranking in the bottom 15 in the nation in wins, Vermont registered a top-15 goals against per game average (2.41).

It’s the other end of the ice that keeps the Cats from putting up Ws. They netted an abysmal 2.12 goals per game last season, the eighth-worst mark in the nation. No player reached double-digits in scoring; the top mark was freshman forward Joey Cipollone with nine goals.

Luckily for the Catamounts, they are returning six of their top seven goalscorers from last season. Junior Max Kaufman (eight goals, 13 assists) and senior captain Derek Lodermeier (five goals, 13 assists) will likely join Cipollone on the first line. Other key offensive contributors will be juniors Vlad Dzhioshvili and Alex Esposito, a couple of six-footers who combined for 13 goals and 16 assists as sophomores last season. 

The loss of defenseman Jake Massie to the NHL will hurt the Catamounts on the blue line, but they have the depth to help fill that void. Senior Matt O’Donnell added five goals and eight assists last year, valuable contributions for a team with offensive struggles. Juniors Owen Grant (one goal, two assists) and Christian Evers (two goals, five assists) will be key contributors as well, while senior Corey Moriarty, sophomore Carter Long, and junior Cory Thomas will provide much-needed stability and depth.

One intriguing addition to this year’s squad is freshman Jacques Bouquot. The 6’ 0” freshman initially committed to Boston College before ending up with Vermont. A skilled two-way center with enough talent to pop up in 2019 NHL Draft discussions, Bouquot is a wild card and potential game-changer for the Catamounts.

Bottom Line: Having Lekkas at the back will keep the Catamounts in some games, but the offensive skill just isn’t there for Vermont right now. No matter how good your defense is, you have to score — and the Catamounts haven’t shown they can do that consistently. Barring breakout years for multiple players, expect Vermont to struggle to compete for a playoff spot come March.

Hockey East Preview: Providence Friars

Last Season: 24–12–6 (14–7–3 HE, second place); lost in HE quarterfinals to Boston College; lost in NCAA semifinal to Minnesota Duluth

Head Coach: Nate Leaman (eighth season)

Coaches’ Poll Projected Finish: Third

Losses

  • G Hayden Hawkey
  • DJon Barry
  • D Jacob Bryson
  • D Vincent Desharnais
  • F Scott Conway
  • F Bryan Lemos
  • F Ryan Tait
  • F Brandon Duhaime
  • F Josh Wilkins
  • F Kasper Björkqvist
  • F Jay O’Brien

Additions

  • G Jake Kucharski
  • G Michael Lackey (transfer from Harvard)
  • D Max Crozier
  • D Luke Johnson
  • D Cam McDonald
  • F Garrett Devine
  • F Jamie Engelbert
  • F Parker Ford
  • F Jerry Harding
  • F Patrick Moynihan
  • F Craig Needham
  • F Albin Nilsson
  • F Caleb Rule

By Matt Neiser

The Providence Friars continued their run of success in 2018–19, finishing second in the Hockey East standings and earning their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. The Friars pulled off two straight upsets over No. 3 overall seed Minnesota State and Cornell to advance to the Frozen Four, where they were defeated by eventual champions Minnesota Duluth.

The squad’s going to look a little different in 2019–20 though. Much of the talent that brought Providence so far last season has left the program. Hockey East All-Stars Josh Wilkins (first team), Jacob Bryson (second team), and Brandon Duhaime (third team), all juniors last season, forewent their last season of NCAA eligibility to sign NHL contracts. Star goaltender Hayden Hawkey (.921 SV%, 1.88 GAA) graduated — taking with him arguably the best name in the sport.

A host of other important names graduated or left early for the NHL as well. The top four goalscorers and five of the top six point-getters from last season won’t be on the squad this year, including Wilkins, their leader in both categories. The Friars lost 78 of the 133 goals (about 60 percent) they scored as a team last season.

But enough about who isn’t here. Head coach Nate Leaman has plenty to work with this season. The roster includes seven NHL draftees, five of whom were chosen in the first five rounds of their respective drafts. 

The standout of the group is sophomore forward Jack Dugan, who notched 10 goals and a team-leading 29 assists en route to a Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection. The 6’ 2” Vegas Golden Knights prospect has plenty of opportunity to shine this season, and he’s primed to take full advantage. A physical wing with excellent distribution, Dugan is the perfect player for Leaman’s system.

Besides Dugan, look for sophomore New Jersey Devils draftee Tyce Thompson (8 goals, 17 assists) and junior Greg Printz (11 goals, 7 assists) to step into bigger roles on offense this season.

Leaman has turned Providence into a perennial defensive powerhouse. His squad allowed just two goals per game last season, tied for fifth best in the nation. The Friars are physical, smart, and well-drilled on the blue line, led by senior Spenser Young, junior Ben Mirageas, and sophomore Michael Callaway.

The departure of Hawkey left many concerned about the Friars’ goaltending situation — netminders not named Hayden Hawkey played just 54 minutes last season for Providence — but the addition of graduate transfer Michael Lackey has allayed worries. Lackey posted a 14–8–3 record in his senior year with Harvard, compiling a 2.34 GAA and .918 save percentage while backstopping the Crimson to an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Bottom Line: Providence lost A LOT of talent this offseason, but the Friars have reinforcements waiting to step up and fill the holes. If Nate Leaman can maintain the defensive excellence that has become the trademark of his teams, Providence should be right back in the mix for a top-four spot in Hockey East.

Northeastern Women’s Hockey Wins Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Ranked 4th in National Poll

Image credit: nuhuskies.com

By Christian Skroce

Boston, MA – After winning the Women’s Hockey East title last season, Northeastern was unanimously chosen to top the standings once again in the preseason HEAW coaches’ poll. The Huskies received nine first place votes (Northeastern voted for Boston University, as coaches cannot vote for their own team), good for 81 points in the poll.

BU finished second (71 points), followed by Boston College (65), Providence (56), New Hampshire (42), UConn (41), Merrimack (30), Maine (29), Vermont (25), and Holy Cross (9).

The team also was ranked fourth in the first regular season national poll. The ranking matches Northeastern’s pre-NCAA Tournament ranking from last year and puts the team in good position to reach the top three. Expectations are high for the Huskies, but they have the talent and coaching to pull off some key wins. The team has thrived using an underdog mentality, but they will be tested as the perceived top dog as they try for their third straight Hockey East championship.

Northeastern has undergone a significant youth movement over the past few years. The team consists of 16 underclassmen, many of whom have already experienced a conference win. Alina Mueller, a Patty Kaizmaier top-10 finalist last year, will look to lead the young Huskies this season. The talented sophomore forward finished with 21 goals and 30 assists last year, becoming the second NU rookie to score over 50 points in a season. Joining Mueller up front is fellow sophomore Chloe Aurard, who finished last season with 31 points of her own.

Backing up the Husky forwards will be the team’s talented defenders, led by the unmatched duo of Skylar Fontaine and Brooke Hobson. The juniors’ unique combination of speed and skill that allows them to defend well and provide extra ammunition for the Husky attack. Behind them is junior goalie Aerin Frankel, who broke out last season with a 1.81 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Frankel turned in several clutch performances for the team last season, winning Hockey East Goalie of the Year and Hockey East Tournament MVP.

The team will kick off its season on Friday, October 4, when they head to Schenectady, NY for a date with Union College.

Zach Solow Sends Northeastern Back to the Hockey East Finals as the Huskies Outlast Boston University in Overtime

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by Christian Skroce

Déjà vu. That’s what it must have felt like for the Northeastern bench as they stormed the ice to celebrate with overtime hero Zach Solow. For the second time this season, the Northeastern Huskies (27-10-1) defeated the Boston University Terriers (16-19-4) by a score of 2-1 after overtime at TD Garden, and this one was just as sweet.

The game started off slowly, with both teams just feeling each other out during the opening frame. Chances were hard to come by in the first period, and both goalies stood on their heads to keep the game scoreless through one. The Terriers finally broke the deadlock 7:39 into the second period, as sophomore forward Ty Amonte finished off a rebound in from of the net to give Boston University a 1-0 leads. Despite some chances from the Huskies to end the period, the Terriers were able to keep their lead going into the second intermission.

The BU lead didn’t last long into the final frame, as Northeastern freshman forward Tyler Madden shined once again as he tied up the contest just 16 seconds into the third period. The rest of the final period looked eerily similar to the first period, as both teams struggled to get an upper hand. Northeastern had the best chance to grab the lead at the end of the period, as the Huskies went on a power play with just under three minutes to go in regulation. Although Northeastern managed several shots, including six from senior forward Brandon Hawkins, Boston University goalie Jake Oettinger was able to keep the game knotted at one, propelling this matchup into its third overtime of the season.

The offensive struggles for both teams continued in the overtime period, while both goalies once again stood up to whatever was thrown at them. The game finally came to an end when sophomore forward Zach Solow ripped a shot past Jake Oettinger 15:44 into the overtime frame. With the goal, Solow recorded his sixth game winning goal of the season, tying a program record. The impressive play from Solow also gave Northeastern its 27th win on the year, breaking the previous program record of 26 wins in a season.

Not to be forgotten in the win is Northeastern’s sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau. Throughout the game, Primeau stopped 29 Boston University shots, recording a 0.967 save percentage for the contest. Tonight’s game was just another in a long line of fantastic performances from Primeau this season, as his success in games at TD Garden continues.

After the game, Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan expressed his admiration for his players resilience in the third period and overtime frame, but also noted his concern over the team’s slow start to the game. As Madigan pointed out, the Huskies will have to get off to a faster start in the Championship Game, regardless of who they end up playing.

“We have a lot of momentum right now,” said Zach Solow after the game. “I’m really proud of the guys, and hopefully we can take this feeling into the next game.” Northeastern’s next game will be for the Hockey East Championship. The game will be played tomorrow night and will pit them against the winner of the second semifinal between UMASS Amherst and Boston College. WRBB will have full coverage of the Hockey East Championship Game, with pregame coverage starting at 6:45pm tomorrow night.

 

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.