Huskies Beat Maine 6-4, Unbeaten Streak at Nine Games

After a pair of dominate wins against Connecticut last week, it was hard to imagine Northeastern could offer a repeat performance up at Alfond Arena this weekend.

For a while it looked like the Huskies would do just that, up 5-1 through two periods. The Black Bears would claw their way back scoring three third period goals, but Northeastern would hang on for a 6-4 win.

The win is Northeastern’s (15-11-4, 10-7-2) seventh in a row, and ups their unbeaten streak to nine games.

“I liked our start to the game,” said Huskies coach Jim Madigan. “In this league to get two points is critical at this stage of the season so we’re happy with the two points.”

The Huskies continue to get balanced scoring from all four lines, with freshman Dylan Sikura leading the way with two goals Friday night.

In net it was Clay Witt (24 saves) against Black Bears(12-18-3, 7-10-2) sophomore Matt Morris, who was pulled for Sean Romeo in the first period.

After putting up five first period goals in their series against UConn, Northeastern got right back to work in the opening frame opening up a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.

After not scoring on the Huskies red hot power play last Saturday, Northeastern made sure to do so just 1:50 into the game courtesy of Colton Saucerman.

Matt Benning took a shot from the blue line that created a juicy rebound in front of the net. Saucerman, who was parked out in front was able to get a stick on it and jam it home for the early lead.

Just 52 seconds later the Huskies would get another one, this time from Brendan Collier.

Trevor Owens broke out into the offensive zone and found a streaking Collier who was able to beat Morris over the shoulder.

Northeastern would keep piling on offensively, while the defense in front of Witt stepped up to the task, getting in passing and shooting lanes all period long.

At 10:41 in the first John Stevens threw a pass to Sikura who was able to skate in the slot and bury it home to make it 3-0 Northeastern. Six minutes later Zach Aston-Reese found a puck on his stick all alone in the crease that he was able to connect with to give Northeastern a 4-0 lead heading into the locker room.

Maine would cut the lead to three 7:36 into the second period, thanks to a Blaine Byron pass from behind the net that connected with Connor Leen for a one-timer to make it 4-1.

The Huskies would answer with under two minutes to go in the period when Mike Szmatula barreled into the slot and beat Romeo five-hole to regain a four goal lead for Northeastern.

Maine and Northeastern would trade goals to begin the third period, first by Ben Hutton of the Black Bears, then by Dylan Sikura of the Huskies, making the score 6-2 with 13:01 left to go.

Sikura’s goal, which came just 36 seconds after Hutton’s, was set up once again from his line-mate John Stevens.

“I thought we responded well after they scored,” Madigan said. “I just don’t like the way we were giving up the scoring opportunities and the goals.”

“When he (Sikura) gets the time and space around the net you see what he can do,” Madigan continued. “What he’s done is he’s starting to round out his game defensively.”

Cedric Lacroix would jam a rebound home after being left all alone in the crease to make it 6-3 with still 6:57 to go in the contest.

After a ferocious offensive onslaught continued, Maine would score again with the goalie pulled and just 1:23 remaining.

Lacroix put a hard shot on net that hit the knee of Witt and floated back into the slot. Brian Morgan was there and put it home to pull the Black Bears within two.

Unfortunately for Red Gendron’s squad it was too little too late, and the Huskies were able to come away with a 6-4 win.

“In the third period we let it go a little bit,” Madigan said. “We just didn’t play to our identity and we got sloppy.”

“We’ll have to be better defending at the net tomorrow.”

The two teams will meet again at Alfond Arena Saturday night at 7:00. Ryan Fallon and Josh Brown will be on the call with pre-game beginning at 6:45.

Huskies Sweep Two-Game Set From Notre Dame

By: Josh Brown

After being outplayed for the first two periods, a mere couple of moments flipped the script for Northeastern en route to a 4-2 win over Notre Dame Saturday night, sweeping the weekend series with the Fighting Irish.

Zach Aston-Reese scored just 2:06 into the third period and then again just 10 seconds later to give Northeastern a lead the Huskies would not relinquish.

“I thought our guys played hard today in the third period,” Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said. “I didn’t think we had the energy or sense of urgency in the first two periods.”

“I thought we played well in the first,” added Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson. “I thought we played okay in the second and then they took over the game in the third.”

Clay Witt was back in net for Northeastern after Derick Roy got the last three nods between the pipes for the Huskies. Cal Petersen manned the crease for Notre Dame, coming up on the losing end of both games this weekend.

A bright spot for Notre Dame on the weekend was the power play. After coming into the series hovering around eight percent, the Irish scored two in the game, which brought their total to three for the two-game set.

“We finally found some chemistry with two different groups,” said Jackson. “That’s 90 percent of it.”

That is exactly how Notre Dame scored the first goal of the game – on the man-advantage.

With Garret Cockerill in the box for tripping, Thomas DiPauli found a loose puck in the slot and fired it over the shoulder of Witt for the 1-0 lead.

Only seven shots were taken between the two teams in the opening frame, with Northeastern only getting a measly two of them. The latter of the two Northeastern put into the back of the net.

Mike McMurty brought the puck into the offensive zone for the Huskies and found a streaking Dalen Hedges, who roofed it over Petersen for his seventh goal of the year.

In addition to Saturday, Hedges had two goals Friday night in the Huskies’ 3-2 win.

It was a chippy opening frame between the teams, with a combined 10 penalty minutes being served.

Shots started to pick up in the second period with Notre Dame outshooting Northeastern 11-9, but neither team was able to light the lamp.

The best chance of the period came for Northeastern’s Torin Snydeman when he found a puck on his stick right in the crease, but Petersen was able to get over for the save.

“I thought they beat us to some pucks,” Madigan said of the first two periods. “They wanted it more than us for the first two periods.”

In the locker room between the period, things changed for Northeastern, who were determined to seize the chance they had in front of them.

“They realized we have a great opportunity here in front of us,” Madigan said. “There’s a team whose a point ahead of us, so we can jump them in the standings.

“The strategy was simple – let’s throw everything we can at them and see how we go.”

That strategy paid off quickly for Northeastern.

Aston-Reese scored his first of two right off the bat. Cockerill threw a long clear off the boards and Aston-Reese got to it with open ice in front of him. He capitalized and shot it top shelf to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

Right on the ensuing faceoff, Mike Szmatula rushed to the net and found Aston-Reese who snuck it around the post.

“We just kept it simple,” Aston-Reese said. “I can’t really remember, I kind of blacked out a little bit.

“We’ve been working on that all week, getting pucks at the net and driving the net hard. [We] just stuck to it.”

Northeastern held on to the two-goal advantage for over 13 minutes until the Irish made it a ballgame again.

With Nolan Stevens off for interference, Notre Dame once again crashed the net and was rewarded when Anders Bjork skied a puck past Witt to make it 3-2.

Unfortunately for the Irish, any hope of a comeback was quickly dashed.

With 2:52 left to go in the game Szmatula brought the puck from behind the net, took an off-angle shot and put it over the shoulder of Petersen for the 4-2 lead.

“In the third period, even though we didn’t have great legs, we found a way to play a little smarter, dig a little deeper, and get that one big shift,” Madigan said.

Next up for Northeastern is the Beanpot, where the Huskies will face Boston College in the semifinals on Feb. 2.

For Jackson’s squad, the weekend sweep drops the Irish to seventh in the Hockey East standings.

“They [Northeastern] do a great job defensively,” Jackson said. “We need to keep the puck moving. The puck stalls and then we get outnumbered and it’s out of the zone.

“We didn’t keep the puck moving in the offensive zone.”

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Hedges Lifts Northeastern Past Notre Dame

By: Josh Brown

Northeastern has sure had a flare for the dramatic in the team’s current 8-2-3 stretch after starting out the year an abysmal 0-8-1.
It was the same and song dance Friday night for the Huskies, who scored with just 1:30 left to pick up much-needed Hockey East points in a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame.

Dalen Hedges’ second goal of the night proved to be the winning one when he collected a one-timer from linemate Mike McMurtry and shot it past Irish goalie Cal Peterson.

“I saw ‘Kev’ [Kevin Roy] make a really nice play to ‘Murch’ [McMurtry],” Hedges said. “I saw we had a two-on-one. I knew Murch could get it to me there so I just got open.”

Derick Roy made his third start in a row for Northeastern (9-11-4, 4-7-2), stopping 21 of the 23 saves he saw on the night. Petersen was much more active in having to face 37 shots in the loss.

The defeat drops Notre Dame (10-12-3, 5-3-3) to 1-1-4 in the team’s last six games.

A scoreless first period was not without plenty of chances with most of the grade-A opportunities coming for Northeastern. The Huskies outshot Notre Dame 16-5 in the opening frame, but Petersen was up to the task, stopping every shot he faced.

“[Petersen] was outstanding,” said Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson. “He did what he had to do. I challenged him this morning because he’s slowly taking over our No. 1 job.

“That’s what he’s capable of; it’s just a matter of him doing it on a nightly basis.”

Northeastern would once again come out firing in the second period, taking a 1-0 lead with just under three minutes gone in the frame.

Dustin Darou fed Kevin Roy in the slot, who proceeded to rip it over the shoulder of Petersen and into the back of the net for Roy’s 11th goal of his junior campaign.

Midway through the second, Derick Roy made the save of the night robbing Mario Lucia of a goal as he went side to side in a hurry to save a puck Lucia was trying to gently tap into the net.

A couple minutes later on the power play, the Huskies took a 2-0 lead via Hedges.

With bodies scrambling in front of the net, jamming away at a lose puck, Hedges came flying in and with his back turned, put a shot towards the cage that ended up beating Petersen.

“I just wanted to get it on net,” Hedges said. “I think we had about three wacks at it there. I just figured put it on net, maybe another rebound, maybe it’ll go in, and it ended up working out.”

“I thought we played really well for the first two periods,” Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said. “I liked the way we pressured the puck [and] I liked the way we were attacking.”

In what was a surprising move early in the third, Notre Dame elected to take a power play over a penalty shot after Matt Benning intentionally covered the puck in the crease for Northeastern.

With their power play only hitting around eight percent on the season, the decision ended up paying off as Lucia buried a one-timer to bring Notre Dame within one.

The Irish continued to chip away, scoring the equalizer with just 6:45 remaining.

Jake Evans brought the puck through the neutral zone, dumping it off for Sam Herr, who proceeded to fire a rocket from just inside the blue line that got through traffic in front of the net, and behind Roy.

With both teams letting the final couple minutes come to them, Northeastern found its chance with 1:30 left on the Hedges game-winner to send the Huskies’ faithful home happy with the win.

“We had a lot of belief on the bench,” Hedges said. “We knew Derick would shut the door for us. We allowed them to get in the game, and that was a big goal.”

Huskies Beat, Tie Vermont

They took care of business when it mattered.

The Northeastern Huskies traveled up to Burlington, Vermont to play the #9 University of Vermont Catamounts over the weekend, winning on Friday night, while tying a non-conference matchup Saturday. The non-conference game was due to the Wildcats traveling down to Matthews Arena earlier in the year, defeating the Huskies 6-2 in that matchup.

Derick Roy got the start in net both nights for Northeastern (8-11-4, 4-7-2 Hockey East), stopping 50 of the 53 shots he faced on the weekend. Mike Santaguida was between the pipes for Vermont (15-6-2, 7-4-1 Hockey East) on Friday with Brody Hoffman getting the nod on Saturday.

Northeastern drew first blood on Friday via Hobey Baker candidate Kevin Roy.

Roy had a breakaway going down ice and was able to beat Santaguida over his glove to net his ninth goal of the year, and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

Vermont would answer later in the period, on a power play goal from the fourth ranked unit in the nation on the man advantage.

Mike Paliotta one-timed a pass from line-mate Alexx Privatera past Roy for the equalizer.

Torin Snydeman put the Huskies up 2-1 in the second period when he was able to find open ice, and roof the puck over Santaguida for the lead.

Northeastern would tack two more on the third, one from Mike McMurtry which beat Santaguid five-hole, and another from Mike Szmatula who cleaned up a rebound in the slot. Vermont would have no answer, with the Huskies coming away with the 4-1 win.

Vermont would come out firing on Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead just minutes into the game when Brady Shaw scored 5-on-3 for the early goal.

Northeastern would answer with 5:13 left in the period off a Mike McMurtry tip on a Matt Benning slap shot from the blue line to tie the game at one.

The Catamounts took a 2-1 lead in the second period, again on the power play, off of a Colin Markison goal. Markison redirected a shot by Paliotta into the back of the net.

Again, the Huskies would answer tying the game on yet another Kevin Roy goal. Roy had a clean break going down ice, and with no hesitation shot it over the glove of Hoffman and into the back of the net.

Both teams had several chances in both the third and overtime, ending the non-conference tilt in a tie.

Northeastern will host Notre Dame on both Friday and Saturday, with complete coverage on WRBB.

Northeastern Ties, Looses to Boston College in Weekend Set

By: Josh Brown

Boston College and Northeastern were desperate for Hockey East points coming into this weekend’s home-and-home set. The Eagles were able to get three of them.

Following a 1-1 tie at Matthews Arena Friday night, the Eagles capitalized on home ice, beating the Huskies 4-2 in what was an overall success of a weekend for Jerry York’s team.

“I think we’ve gradually improve as a team in all facets,” York said. “Our goaltendings better, just our overall team play is better.”

The Eagles (12-7-2) came into the game 7-2-2 in their last 11 games after a mediocre 5-5 start to begin the year. Northeastern (7-11-3), similarly entered the matchup on a 7-3-2 tear of their own after starting the year 0-8-1.

All eyes were on goalies Thatcher Demko and Clay Witt on Saturday afternoon, after the two put on a goaltending clinic in Friday’s tie, combining to stop 50 of the 52 shots they faced.

“I thought their goaltender was really good,” Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said. “He made some terrific saves.”

“And us not being able to execute on the power play, which we’ve been very good [at] this year were the two difference makers in the game.”

Even with two 5-on-3 opportunities the Huskies could not capitalize, despite entering the game with a red hot power play that tallied their fifth goal on the man advantage of the week Friday night.

Northeastern drew first blood on Saturday at the 8:40 mark of the first period courtesy of Torin Snydeman.

Mike Szmatula, who was standing directly to the right of Demko, dished the puck out in front to Snydeman who slipped it into the back of the net.

Northeastern continued to threaten the Eagles, including a rocket from Nolan Stevens that Demko was able to catch with the glove.

Boston College would tie the game at the 18:03 mark of the first period on Mike Matheson’s second goal of the season. The defenseman took a wrist shot off a pass from Teddy Doherty that sailed over the shoulder of Witt.

It only took the Eagles 52 seconds to take the lead on Chris Calnan’s first of two goals on the night. The sophomore found a rebound floating in front of Witt, and amid a platoon of bodies in the crease buried it home.

“I didn’t think we had a lot of energy to start the game,” Madigan said, “I don’t know what it was, we just didn’t have that sense of urgency.”

“I think by scoring the first goal it might of been a false hope of impression there that we were playing well,” Madigan continued. “It’s not like we were playing bad, we were just average.”

Northeastern came out firing in the second period, out-shooting the Eagles 17-9. Thatcher Demko continued to hold the fort, stopping everything and anything in his sight.

Midway through the period, even with Ryan Fitzgerald in the box for an elbowing penalty, Calnan scored his second of the night to make it a two-goal game.

Calnan, who was standing behind Witt, sent a shot off the back of his pads and into the net for the short handed goal. It would stand as the only goal of the period.

Three penalties were taken in the first five minutes of the third period (two by Northeastern), with neither team able to capitalize. At the 13:26 mark of the period the Huskies made it a ball game.

John Stevens gave Trevor Owens a pass at the blue line that he quickly fired on goal. After Demko was able to make the initial stop, Ryan Rosenthal crashed the net and buried the rebound home to pull the Huskies within one.

Immediately following the goal Zach Aston-Reese got called for a tripping penalty, giving Boston College a man advantage. Like the Eagles have done so many times over the years against the Huskies, they capitalized, putting the game away once and for all.

Adam Gilmour took a pass from Zach Sanford and quickly one-timed it on Witt. The puck sailed through a couple defenders and eventually into the back of the net to make it 4-2.

Northeastern would pull Clay Witt with 48 seconds remaining, but nothing materialized, giving Boston College the win.

“I thought similar to last night Thatcher gave us a great base to win the hockey game with,” York said.

“Special teams, the power play goal, the ability to kill those two 5-on-3’s and just a 60-minute play from Thatcher Demko was the catalyzed that hold serve these home-and-homes.”

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NOTES: Northeastern Defeats Yale 3-2

By: Josh Brown

Some notes and observations from Northeastern’s 3-2 win over Yale Tuesday night. Big thanks to Northeastern Sports Information for the notes.

NOTES:

  • Kevin Roy’s goal at the 15:40 mark of the second period was his 100th career point.
  • Roy’s the 47th player in team history to reach the feat.
  • Roy is also only the 21st player in team history to do it in three years or less.
  • Mike McMurtry’s game winning goal with 3:14 left was his first of the season.
  • The Northeastern power play has  9 goals in the last three games.
  • Matt Benning has five assists in his last four games.

OBSERVATIONS:

    That stat about the Huskies power play is not at all deceiving. They are on fire. For a team who used to dread the man advantage, these past few weeks have been a pleasant surprise.

    Derick Roy has stepped up huge. His 2-5-1 record is no indication of his play. The past two games is a very encouraging sign for next year, when he will have an even bigger responsibility in net with a young goal tending platoon.

    Northeastern needs to stop playing dump and chase hockey. The Huskies are a very good passing team. When they get in their own offensive zone and move the puck around they are a force to be reckoned with.

    60-minutes. How many times do we need to say it. The Huskies HAVE to play consistent 60-minute games. They are going to get burned in league play the second half of the year playing a period and a half.

    Physicality will be huge against Boston College. When Northeastern is clicking they are a dominating team along the boards and in front of the net.

    Even when they’re not scoring that third line with Stevens x2 and Rosenthal does all the little things. They do not take a shift off.

    NU is going to need an Aston-Reese moment at some point sooner than later. He’s been relatively quiet lately. Look for him to have a breakout performance soon (what better time than BC).

WRBB will have full coverage of Northeastern-BC. Ryan Fallon and Josh Brown will be on the call both Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.).

Roy brothers lead Northeastern Past St. Lawrence

By: Josh Brown

BOSTON– Neither brother played last night. Tonight they were all the difference.

Behind a two goal, three point night by Kevin Roy, and 21 saves by his brother Derick, Northeastern was able to beat St. Lawrence (8-9-2) 4-2 Saturday night, after the two clubs tied 3-3 Friday night.

“I liked the way we responded here tonight,” said Huskies coach Jim Madigan. “Last night we had a pretty good third period, it bailed us out. I thought we played more of a 60-minute effort.”

“I’m really happy for him (Derick),” said Kevin Roy after the game.” “He’s been working really hard and he’s been playing some great games.”

It was the first win of the season for Derick, after going 0-5-1 during a stretch of games earlier in the season when he was filling in for the injured Clay Witt. Tonight with Witt resting due to a brutal stretch of upcoming games for the Huskies’, Roy made the most of his opportunity, improving his team to 6-10-2 on the season.

“I thought Derick Roy was really good tonight,” said Madigan. “(He) played with a lot of poise, and composure and confidence, and it was great for him to get his first win here (this season).”

After giving up two goals on the penalty kill Saturday night, St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel was not happy with both; the calls and the way his team executed.

“After two games in this league I question what penalties are,” Carvel said. “Last night we were the better special teams, and tonight they were the better team on special teams.”

Despite two, one-on-zero opportunities for Northeastern freshman Nolan Stevens in the first period, the Saints’ received strong goal tending from Kyle Hayton stopping everything in his path.

St. Lawrence lit the lamp first at 14:42 of the opening frame when Patrick Doherty gave Matt Purmal a pass in the slot that he was able to roof over Roy for the early lead.

With Nolan Gluchowski in the box for interference, Northeastern capitalized on a Kevin Roy goal to tie the game at one.

Mike McMurtry, who was along the right wall, passed the puck to Roy in the high slot. The junior skated towards the net, got hit, and while falling down threw a shot on net that caught Hayton off guard and went in for the equalizer.

“We had a good entry on the power play,” Roy said. “Mike McMurtry did a nice play. He dragged two guys and I had a lot of space, and I tried to just get it on net.”

“I got pulled a little bit and I was able to get it through somehow.”

Just under 10 minutes later the Huskies had their first lead of the weekend when again on the power play they found of the back of the net, this time via Dalen Hedges.

Roy threw a cross ice pass to line-mate Mike Szmatula who quickly connected with Hedges, who then fired a rocket past Hayton for the goal.

The Saints’ would come battling back just 3:22 later after Gunnar Hughes collected a rebound off a Gavin Bayreuther shot that hit the pads of Roy and jammed it home.

After the first 18:31 of the third period saw back-and-forth action with both teams getting, but not capitalizing on several opportunities, the Huskies’ finally broke through courtesy of Mike Szmatula.

Szmatula used a quick stick to steal the puck in the neutral zone, flew into offensive territory and sniped a shot over the left shoulder of Hayton for what turned out to be the game-winner.

Roy added on to his already big night with 43 seconds remaining in the game, scoring an empty-net goal to secure the win.

Madigan called Roy a complete package after the game, while also pointing out that the Huskies’ more disciplined approach staying out of the penalty box did wonders for his team.

“He’s highly skilled, he’s smart, he can shoot it and he can pass it,” Madigan said.

“We’re a 5-on-5 team. That’s when we’re best. Tonight we were a lot better and more focused.”

Carver was also pleased with his teams effort despite the loss, citing that the bounces just did not go their way on this night.

“I thought we did a good job executing the second and third periods,” he said, “creating turnovers off our forecheck.”

“Just couldn’t get enough pucks to the net, and couldn’t capitalize enough.”

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Northeastern, St. Lawrence Skate to 3-3 Tie

BY: Josh Brown

BOSTON — Down 3-0 heading into the third while playing without Kevin Roy due to illness, it looked like it would be a rough start to the new year for Northeastern.

The Huskies went on to score three third period goals to salvage a 3-3 against St. Lawrence (8-8-2) and prolong their festivities for at least another night.

“Pleased that we responded, backs against the wall,” said Northeastern coach Jim Madigan. “But we’ve got to be smarter, play harder for 60 minutes if we are going to beat good teams like St. Lawrence and teams in our league.”

Saints’ coach Greg Carvel echoed Madigan’s displeasure in coming away with only a tie.

“We need to be a desperate team,” Carvel said. “We lost four games in a row coming in here. Our team could not find the desire to really put that game away.”

Despite the six goals scored combined between the teams, one of the more hyped goalie matchups of the season between the Huskies’ Clay Witt and the Saints’ Kyle Hayton lived up to the potential, with both netminders making acrobatic saves to keep their respective teams in the game.

Despite being outshot 9-7 in the opening frame, St. Lawrence netted the only goal of the period when Brian Ward shot a rocket from the dot that beat traffic in front of the net and ultimately, Witt, to give his team the 1-0 lead.

The power-play goal was the first of three St. Lawrence scored on the night.

The Saints nearly went up 2-0 a couple minutes later when a deflected puck was called ‘no goal,’ the officials saying it was knocked into the net by the hand of Mike Marnell.

A combined 19 penalty minutes were served in the second period (11 by Northeastern), with only St. Lawrence able to take advantage.

With the Huskies shorthanded due to a Zach Aston-Reese five-minute boarding call, Sean McGovern picked up a Woody Hudson rebound and slammed it home to give St. Lawrence a two-goal lead.

Just 45 seconds later, the Saints made it 3-0 when they again crashed the net on a Patrick Doherty shot and Gunnar Hughes was there to jam it in the back of the net.

Despite St. Lawrence getting a majority of the calls, Carvel thought the penalties ruined the tempo of the game.

“I thought a lot of the penalties tonight shouldn’t have been penalties,” he said. “But they set a standard early and called it the whole game.

“It affected the flow of the game for sure.”

Northeastern came battling back early in the third period while shorthanded when John Stevens stole a puck in the defensive zone, brought it down ice and dished it to his brother, Nolan, who scored the Huskies’ first goal.

“It’s completely mental breakdowns,” said Carvel. “It’s inexcusable to have a power play up 3-0 and give up a shorthanded goal.”

Midway through the period, the Huskies continued to claw at the lead on Trevor Owens’ first collegiate goal set up by a Torin Snydeman pass in transition that he was able to fire by Hayton.

After the Huskies had numerous opportunities in the home stretch but could not capitalize, they pulled Witt in favor of an extra attacker. It paid off when Mike Szmatula threw a pass from behind the net to Adam Reid, who was able to send it over the blue line and force overtime.

Both goalies shined in overtime, making big stops to preserve the tie and send both teams home disappointed at the missed opportunity.

“Really upset because our teams been pretty consistent with our effort,” Carvel said. “And in that third period, the breakdowns are things I haven’t seen from my team.”

Madigan, whose Huskies sit at 5-10-2, will face this same St. Lawrence team Saturday night and expects better mental preparation from his squad.

“I don’t think we should be satisfied,” he said. “We’ve got to be smarter.

“The enemy sometimes is us.”

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