Late Gaudette goal leads No. 8 Northeastern to 4-4 tie against No. 10 Providence

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – If you are looking for a signature moment to cap off Adam Gaudette’s Hobey Baker resume, look no further than Friday night at Matthews Arena.

Down 4-3 with 40 seconds remaining in the third, Gaudette was left all alone at the left dot in the Northeastern offensive zone. In what looked like an almost effortless motion, fellow Hobey Baker nominee Dylan Sikura fed Gaudette with a one-time opportunity from atop the right circle that he fired past Providence goalie Hayden Hawkey.

Tie game.

Not only did Gaudette’s goal salvage a 4-4 tie for the Huskies, but with Boston College’s loss to UMass-Lowell the Huskies now own a share of first place in Hockey East.

The game-tying tally was Gaudette’s 19th goal of the season and fifth game-winning strike. Gaudette, who also had a goal at the 8:04 mark of the third, now has an NCAA leading six multi-goal games.

Cayden Primeau got the start in net for Northeastern (15-6-4, 11-4-2), making 29 saves on the evening. Hawkey, a fellow Montreal draft pick, saved 20 shots for the Friars (16-8-3, 9-5-3).

Although Northeastern carried the momentum early, Providence got on the board first courtesy of Scott Conway. At the 9:58 mark of the opening frame, Conway collected a rebound off a shot from Brandon Duhaime and jammed it past Primeau.

The Huskies responded on the power play with just 1:53 remaining in the period. After Gaudette forced the defense down low, he hit Davies with a one-timer at the point that beat Hawkey glove side.

The Friars tacked on two goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Conway scored his second of the game at the 17:49 mark on the power play and Ben Mirageas answered with one of his own 1:56 later.

Although the Huskies cut the deficit to 3-2 on Gaudette’s first goal of the night, Providence scored just 26 seconds later when Vimal Sukumaran drew Primeau out of his net on a breakaway opportunity and netted his seventh of the year at the 8:30 mark of the third.

Eric Williams helped Northeastern cut the deficit back to one less than three minutes later on his third goal of the year. Zach Solow won a faceoff at the left dot that was corralled by Matt Filipe. The sophomore dished the puck to a wide-open Williams, who took a couple strides back to the dot and beat Hawkey five-hole.

With the Huskies pressing in its offensive zone late in the third, Gaudette finished off the comeback with 40 seconds remaining.

Northeastern and Providence will meet again Saturday night at Schneider Arena in the rubber game of the series. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Stevens hat trick lifts No. 8 Northeastern past Massachusetts

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – For outside observers, Saturday night looked like a trap game for the No. 8 Northeastern men’s hockey team.

Not only did the Huskies have to endure a two-hour bus ride home after suffering a 3-0 loss to Massachusetts on Friday night, but they were without the services of Jeremy Davies (one-game suspension) and Grant Jozefek (upper-body injury).

It did not matter.

Dylan Sikura scored just 31 seconds into the game and Nolan Stevens recorded a hat trick as the Huskies cruised to a 5-0 win in front of 2,131 fans at Matthews Arena.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for Northeastern (15-6-3, 11-4-1), making 19 saves on the evening.

The win moves Northeastern back in sole possession of first place in Hockey East. It is also the sixth consecutive home win for the Huntington Hounds.

After winning the opening faceoff, Stevens controlled the puck on the right-side boards in the Northeastern offensive zone. The captain dished a pass down to sophomore Biagio Lerario on the goal line, who found a cutting Sikura for the early tally.

Nolan Stevens pushed the Huskies’ lead to 2-0 just 46 seconds into the second period. With the puck loose in the neutral zone and a lot of open ice to skate, Stevens narrowly got around UMass defenseman Jake McLaughlin and used one hand to flip the puck over the outstretched glove of goalie Matt Murray (28 saves).

The goal was Stevens’ 100th career point at Northeastern.

Stevens recorded his 101st point at the 17:07 mark of the period, notching his second goal of the game on a snipe between the circles. After a receiving a pass from Sikura at the top of the left dot, Stevens walked untouched into the slot and placed the puck in the top left corner of the net.

Brandon Schultz scored his first career goal at the 8:34 mark of the third period on a weak-side feed from John Picking and Nolan Stevens completed the hat trick at 12:30 on a power play strike to put the game out of reach.

The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when they take on No. 10 Providence in a home-and-home series beginning in Matthews Arena on Friday night. WRBB will have complete coverage.

No. 10 Northeastern completes weekend sweep with 5-3 victory over No. 20 Maine

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – Different day, same result.

Five different Huskies found the back of the net and freshman goaltender Cayden Primeau made 17 saves to lead No. 10 Northeastern to its second consecutive 5-3 win over No. 20 Maine.

The win improves Northeastern to 14-5-3 overall and 10-3-1 in Hockey East.

After sophomore Grant Jozefek scored the game’s first goal at the 5:10 mark of the opening period to give the Huskies the early lead, Maine (11-9-2, 5-6-1) netted a pair courtesy of Alexis Binner and Mitchell Fosiser.

Although Maine outshot Northeastern 9-8 in the second period, Eric Williams and Dylan Sikura found the back of the net to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Northeastern put the game away in the last five minutes of the third period, receiving goals from Brandon Hawkins (15:10) and Nolan Stevens (18:57). Maine forward Nolan Vesey scored on the man-advantage with 41 seconds remaining, but the comeback effort fell short.

The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when they take on UMass-Amherst in a home-and-home series beginning at the Mullins Center on Friday night. WRBB will have complete coverage.

 

No. 10 Northeastern skates to 5-3 win over No. 20 Maine

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – No. 10 Northeastern and No. 20 Maine were the two hottest teams in Hockey East heading into Friday night’s game at Matthews Arena.

The Huskies entered the contest with a seven-game unbeaten streak. Maine was 6-0-2 since returning from the Friendship Four in Northern Ireland.

But on this night, it was the Huntington Hounds who kept the good times rolling. Behind two goals from Adam Gaudette and 30 saves from freshman goaltender Cayden Primeau, Northeastern skated to a 5-3 win in game one of the series.

The win improves Northeastern to 13-5-3 overall and 9-3-1 in Hockey East. It was the fifth consecutive home win for the Huskies over Maine (11-8-2, 5-5-1), and pushes Jim Madigan’s squad to 8-2-1 over the Black Bears in their last 11 meetings.

After falling behind 1-0 on a power play goal from Eduards Tralmaks midway through the first, the Huskies scored the next four goals to take a 4-1 lead at the 13:39 mark of the second period.

Adam Gaudette scored the first two, netting a power play goal at the 11:16 mark of the first on a one-time feed from Jeremy Davies at the left dot. Just 1:31 later he scored again after crashing the net on a Dylan Sikura shot and jamming the rebound past Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman (33 saves).

Northeastern scored its second power play goal of the game with just under five minutes remaining in the opening frame. With just 17 seconds gone on the man advantage, Matt Filipe sent a pass across the goal line to an open Grant Jozefek. The sophomore corralled the puck and sent it over the pads of Swayman for his sixth goal of the season.

Bobby Hampton pushed the Huskies lead to 4-1 on his fourth goal of the season. After collecting a pass from Gaudette at the point, freshman defenseman Collin Murphy sent a shot down low that Hampton redirected into the back of the net.

The Black Bears would not go away easily, though. Emil Westerlund cut the deficit to 4-2 at the 16:40 mark of the second on a rebound out in front and Brady Keeper scored early in the third on a weak side tap-in goal to bring the Black Bears within one.

Unfortunately for Maine, its comeback effort would fall just short.

Dylan Sikura – who missed out on a spot on the Canadian Olympic team – put the game away with his 11th goal of the season with just 1:24 remaining in regulation. Although he initially appeared to be offside, the senior assistant captain kept a foot on the line before receiving a leading pass from Biagio Lerario that he turned into a breakaway goal.

The Huskies will be back in action at Matthews Arena on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Black Bears at 5 p.m. Josh Brown, Joe Barbito and Max Willner-Giwerc will be on the call, with pregame coverage beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Offensive outburst leads No. 9 Northeastern to 6-1 win over Bentley

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – After starting the second half of the season with a narrow 3-1 win over AIC and a 3-3 tie against Bentley, the No. 9 Northeastern men’s hockey team was looking for a statement win before heading back into league play next weekend.

The Huskies got just that on Saturday night at Matthews Arena. Behind two goals apiece from Adam Gaudette, Nolan Stevens and Brandon Hawkins, Northeastern (12-5-3) jumped ahead early and never looked back en route to a 6-1 win over Bentley.

The win improves the Huskies to 5-0-2 in their last seven games. The unbeaten streak Is the eighth longest in team history.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for Northeastern, making 12 saves on the evening. Senior Jake Theut came in with four minutes left and made one save.

Gaudette got the scoring going at the 10:04 mark of the first period, scoring on an unassisted shorthanded goal. With the Huskies serving a too many men penalty, Gaudette went coast-to-coast and sent a shot on Bentley goalie Aidan Pelino (32 saves). Although he made the initial save, Gaudette tapped the rebound into the back of the net.

Nolan Stevens would score the next two for Northeastern, slotting power play goals at the 14:42 mark of the first period and 7:04 mark of the second. The first goal came via a feed from Sikura in front of the net, and the second was a deflection off a Jeremy Davies shot from the point.

Although the Huskies looked to be in control of the game, Drew Callin scored his fifth goal of the year at 13:53 in the middle frame to bring the Falcons within two. With Biagio Lerario in the penalty box for slashing, Callin patiently corralled a pass from Luke Santerno at the left faceoff dot and sent a shot into the top corner of the net.

That would be as close as Bentley would get. In his fourth game with the red and black, Brandon Hawkins opened the floodgates by scoring his first two goals as a Husky in the opening six minutes of the third period to extend the lead to 5-1.

The redshirt junior scored his first goal after receiving a Grant Jozefek pass in the slot and tapping it into the open net. His second goal came via a bomb from the blue line on a feed from Ryan Shea.

Gaudette would put the cherry on top with his 15th goal of the season at the 13:30 mark. Although Pelino made the initial save on his shot from the left dot, the junior tracked down the rebound and buried it home.

The Huskies will return to Hockey East action next weekend when they host Maine at Matthews Arena for a two-game series. WRBB will have complete coverage of both games.

 

No. 9 Northeastern skates to 3-3 draw against Bentley

By: Josh Brown

WATERTOWN, Mass. – When Dylan Sikura scored his tenth goal of the season at the 11:42 mark of the third period on Friday night at Ryan Arena, it appeared as if the Huskies would inevitably come away with a hard-fought win over Bentley.

The Falcons had other ideas. Sophomore Jonathan Desbiens scored the game-tying goal just 23 seconds later, and neither team could find the back of the net in overtime, propelling them to a 3-3 tie in game one of the series.

The result moves Northeastern to 11-5-3 on the season.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for the Huskies, making 22 saves on the evening. Equally impressive was Bentley goalie Aidan Pelino, who made a couple of game-saving stops en route to a 33-save effort.

Goal scorers for the Huskies included Biagio Lerario, Adam Gaudette and Sikura.

After trading goals for the first two periods, Sikura gave Northeastern the 3-2 lead when he collected a pass from Garrett Cecere in the slot and fired it past Pelino. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the ensuing shift resulted in a three-on-two rush for Bentley. Although Primeau made the initial save on a Luke Santerno shot, he could not cover up and Desbiens poked home the loose puck.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame analysis beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Huskies end 2017 with 3-1 win over AIC

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – With Dylan Sikura and Jeremy Davies in Switzerland for the Spengler Cup and defenseman Collin Murphy making his collegiate debut, it was a bit of new look Northeastern line chart on Saturday night against American International College.

It did not matter. Behind goals from Nolan Stevens, Zach Solow and Matt Filipe, the No. 8 Huskies ended 2017 with a 3-1 win over AIC in front of 1,357 fans at Matthews Arena.

The win sends Northeastern into the new year at 11-5-2 overall and 8-3-1 in Hockey East. The mark is the Huskies best start to a season since 2008-2009.

Freshman Cayden Primeau got the start in net for the Huskies, making 24 saves on the evening.

Although neither team found the back of the net in the first period, Stevens wasted no time giving the Huskies the lead early in the middle frame on a power play strike. After Adam Gaudette sent an off-angle shot off the left post, the senior captain deflected the loose puck past AIC goalie Stefano Durante

AIC answered at 14:27 of the second period when freshman sensation Brennan Kapcheck netted his fifth goal of the season. The defenseman deflected a Joel Kocur shot below the left arm of Primeau and into the back of the net.

Northeastern came out firing in the third period, and were ultimately rewarded with the winning goal courtesy of Zach Solow at the 7:17 mark. After collecting a feed from Brandon Hawkins in the neutral zone, the freshman danced his way along the right side boards and created enough space to get a shot on net from below the dot. Although Durante sealed off the angle well, Solow found a sliver of space to slot the puck.

Matt Filipe added an empty net goal to seal the victory.

The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when they take on Bentley in a home-and-home series beginning on Friday night. WRBB will have complete coverage of both games.

No. 8 Northeastern skates to 1-1 draw against Merrimack

By: Dan McLoone

NORTH ANDOVER – It wasn’t the result they had in mind, but the No. 8 Northeastern hockey team picked up a valuable Hockey East point to head into the holiday break, skating to a 1-1 tie with Merrimack at Lawler Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Merrimack played a near-perfect first period, holding Northeastern to just five shots on goal. The Warriors (4-9-4, 2-6-2 Hockey East) got on the scoreboard with 5:19 left in the frame, as Brett Seney sent a faceoff win over to Jace Hennig, who fired a shot five-hole past Cayden Primeau (29 saves) for a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies (10-5-2, 8-3-1 HE) picked up their offensive game in the second period, and the rush paid off when Adam Gaudette potted his 12th goal of the year on a power play tally with just under seven minutes left to even the score at one. Both teams created numerous chances in the third period and overtime, with Northeastern firing 16 shots on Craig Pantano (32 saves), but neither netminder allowed another puck to find the back of the net.

The game saw the debut of transfer forward Brandon Hawkins, who tallied 58 points over two seasons at Bowling Green. With the point, the Huskies head into the two-week holiday break sitting in second place in Hockey East, just a point behind Boston College. Northeastern is back in action on December 30, when they host AIC at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. Full coverage of the game will be presented starting at 6:45 p.m. on WRBB.