BOSTON — Hockey East is the closest it’s ever been this late in the season.
Coming into Saturday night, three points separated second and ninth place.
Northeastern sat at the low end of that range, in a three-way tie for seventh
with 19 points. UMass Lowell, with 22, was atop the scrum — tied with Boston
College for second place. With the top eight teams making the playoffs in
Hockey East, every point is essential for making the playoffs and earning a
“My tenure with this league goes back to the
first year,” said Husky head coach Jim Madigan. “I was a senior in that first
year of Hockey East in 84–85. I’ve got a lot of history with this league and
I’ve never seen it this bunched up . . . It’s going to be a dogfight all the
way to the end.”
Northeastern clearly understood the importance of this series. Despite missing key players, the Huskies scrapped their way to a 2–1 win over Lowell on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, completing the season sweep of the Riverhawks after defeating them in Lowell the night before.
Northeastern (17–8–3, 10–7–1
HEA) was missing a few major pieces. Jayden Struble is out for the season after
sustaining a lower-body injury against Maine on February 7. Matt Filipe missed
his third-straight game and is currently day-to-day. Tyler Madden, the Huskies’
star forward and Hobey Baker hopeful, picked up an injury late in Friday’s
Madigan said after
tonight’s game that Madden would be evaluated on Monday and the team would have
a return timeline after that. However, Jeff Cox of New England Hockey Journal reported that Madden
could miss 4–6 weeks with a fractured finger. That’s just a rumor, of course,
but it’s worth noting until the team gives more info.
The game itself was much
less intriguing than its circumstances. Full of sloppy passes and neutral zone
battles, it seemed like neither team wanted to snag the points up for grabs. The
Huskies came out of the gates looking disheveled, misplacing passes and
struggling to clear their zone.
The River Hawks’ (15–9–5, 9–6–4
HEA) opening goal was borne out of a defensive miscommunication as the Huskies
scrambled to find their footing. Carl Berglund made his way into the Husky
zone, dropping it off for the trailing Reid Stefanson. Having just lost his
stick in a collision at center ice, Jordan Harris was out of his normal
defensive position. Stefanson took advantage, finding acres of space on the
left side of the zone to step in close and beat Husky goaltender Craig
Much like in their Beanpot
victory against Boston University on Monday, the Huskies changed their tune in
a big way in the second frame. Whatever was said in the locker room during the
break worked, as Northeastern played with more energy, finishing checks and
moving the puck around much more cleanly.
That clean, beautiful puck
movement paved the way for the Huskies’ second-period equalizer. Starting with
Matt Thomson, the puck touched all five skaters’ tapes on its trip around the
Lowell zone. The fifth skater was freshman Mike Kesselring, who blasted a
one-timer at the opposing net off a feed from Jordan Harris to beat a screened
The two sides battled into
the third period; neither team found paydirt for the first half of the frame.
Finally, with 10:34 remaining, Northeastern broke the deadlock. Remember how
their first goal involved crisp passing and a clear shot? Their second was
about as far in the other direction as you can go. Instead of trying to
describe what happened, we’ll just let you watch the replay:
Not nearly as pretty as the first, but they all count for one point in the end.
As the clock ticked down,
the game became more and more frenetic. At one point, a loose puck in front of
the Husky net squirted out to an open Lowell skater on the left side of the
crease. Pantano, out of position on the right side, flung his leg out at the
last second to make an incredible kick save and keep the Huskies on top.
Pantano, when asked about his great play as of late (40 saves in the Beanpot and a shutout win the night before), said, “I think it has to do with the play in front of me right now. They’ve been letting me see shots, and they’ve been giving me the easy plays. I think we’ve been dialing in our defensive game, and that’s helped me too.”
“Other than adjusting our lines, we didn’t
change our game plan,” Madigan said of the injured players. “We didn’t really
talk much about Tyler [Madden] not being in the lineup tonight . . . Guys
stepped up, which is what you need and expect.
“The lines are going to be shuffled. We might as [well] not even put out a lineup chart,” he said to laughter from himself and the gathered media. “The lines are going to be shuffled for the rest of the year. I think you guys got a lineup chart; there’s 11 forwards and 11 doesn’t go equally, at least in my math. It’s going to be that way for the rest of the year.”
The Huskies will look to build off these wins heading into a huge matchup next weekend against Boston College. The home-and-home will kick off on Thursday at Matthews Arena, with Christian Skroce and Matt Neiser on the call for WRBB. Pregame coverage will commence at 6:45 PM EST.
30 years, to three in a row, Northeastern is a Beanpot dynasty.”
That was our final call on air Monday night as the Northeastern Huskies raised the Beanpot trophy for the third time in as many years. It was a moment that Husky players, coaches, fans, and yes, even radio guys, will never forget, and it just might be the greatest moment in Northeastern hockey history.
is not the first team to win three Beanpots in a row; that honor goes to the
1963–65 Boston College squads. Nor is the Huskies’ streak the longest; for that
we look to Boston University’s six consecutive titles from 1995 to 2000. Northeastern’s
three-peat is the ninth in Beanpot history and the first by a team not named BC
or BU. But make no mistake, this hat trick is as historic as they come, and its
countless moments remind us why we love sports and why we love calling games
for this team.
broke its 30-year Beanpot drought in 2018, pulling out victories against
perennial powerhouses BC and BU. The Huskies were led by the best top line in
the country, and possibly team history — Nolan Stevens, Dylan Sikura, and
eventual Hobey Baker winner Adam Gaudette. The trio showed up in the biggest
game of their lives, and a hat trick from Gaudette propelled the Huskies to a 5–2
win over their cross-town rivals and sent TD Garden into a frenzy.
whole night was unforgettable, but perhaps the most popular image was of a fan
in the crowd holding a sign — it turned out to be an XXXXL t-shirt — that simply
read, “I can graduate in peace.” Flashes of Gaudette parading the Beanpot
trophy around TD Garden danced through the minds of Husky fans for weeks to
come after that first Beanpot win. None of them could fathom the run that was
year later, Northeastern flexed its muscles and asserted itself as one of the
premier programs in college hockey. It began in the semifinal against BU, when,
less than a minute into overtime, Tyler Madden arrived in dramatic fashion.
In the post-game press conference, I grabbed a mic and sheepishly asked the freshman forward, “How were you able to stay so calm with everything on the line?” At the podium, Madden simply nodded, leaned forward, and announced, “Well, there were bright lights out there tonight, and I shine in those.” Thus was born the legend of Mr. Bright Lights.
week later, Northeastern retained their trophy with a win over BC. Despite leaping
out to a 3–0 lead, Northeastern, ever content to give its fans a show, let
Boston College storm back in the third period to make the score 3–2 late in
regulation. But the Huskies had been here before. Struggling to maintain their
narrow lead, the Huskies found another gear, and with a late push and an even
later goal, hung on to become back-to-back Beanpot champions.
goalie and future NHL player Cayden Primeau shone during the 2019 tournament, allowing
just three goals in two games between the pipes and winning the Eberly Award
and Tournament MVP. The team went on to secure the Hockey East title and break
the Northeastern single-season win record.
the Huskies weren’t done, as just a year later, they found themselves in the
Beanpot Championship again after a 3–1 semifinal victory over Harvard. The
final promised to be a heated affair, as Northeastern faced a BU team fresh off
a thrilling 5–4 overtime upset victory over BC in the semifinal.
It was a nightmare start for the Huskies, as BU forwards Jake Wise and Trevor Zegras each scored in the first eight minutes to stun the Huskies right out of the gate. The score held for the next 12 minutes, and the Huskies headed to the locker room searching for answers.
came out buzzing in the second period, as sophomore forward Tyler Madden
brought NU within one with a perfectly placed wrister from the slot. Talented freshman
Aidan McDonough evened the game just three minutes later, but the Huskies
weren’t done there.
eight minutes gone, consecutive BU penalties gave Northeastern a five-on-three.
After a remarkable passing display, junior forward Zach Solow scored to give
Northeastern a 3–2 lead, all on the first power play, meaning NU would kept a
man advantage after the goal.
they took full advantage. One minute after Solow’s goal, senior forward Grant
Jozefek notched Northeastern’s fourth straight goal after an incredible
individual effort. 4–2 Northeastern.
taking full control of the game, Northeastern didn’t let up in the second
period and brought a whole new meaning to “close but no cigar.” One of the
craziest plays of the game came just minutes after the Huskies’ fourth goal, as
Zach Solow found himself with the puck and an open net just in front of him.
While facing away from the net, Solow attempted a backhanded shot that
ricocheted off the near post, somehow crossed the goal-line to hit the second
post, and ricocheted out of the crease. Husky fans’ mouths dropped as the TD
Garden replay showed the puck soaring perfectly over the goal-line while
remaining nanometers away from counting as a goal.
second near-miss came a few minutes later, as Northeastern again found
themselves on a breakaway. A close-range shot from Madden was popped into the
air, deflected twice, and seemed destined to float over BU goalie Sam Tucker
for Northeastern’s fifth score of the period. But freshman forward Robert
Mastrosimone came to the Terriers’ rescue and batted the midair puck out of the
the hectic second period ended, and both teams headed to their locker rooms to
prepare for a third period that no one could have anticipated.
two minutes into the third, BU began its comeback with David Farrance’s
brilliantly placed shot from the left dot. With the lead shrunk to one, both teams
desperately tried to grab the palpable momentum that pervaded the game, and in
one of the most insane regulation finishes in Beanpot history, the hockey gods
had one more trick up their sleeves.
just a minute remaining in the third period, BU pulled its goalie to give them
a man advantage. The Terriers used it well, peppering Northeastern netminder Craig
Pantano with shot after shot. Despite the rapid opportunities, the NU defense
remained strong, turning away chance after chance. That is, until Trevor Zegras
just 1.2 seconds remaining, Zegras found the puck just to the right of Pantano
and threw everything he had into a backhanded shot that wound up in the back of
the net. With bated breath, Husky fans quickly turned their gaze from BU
celebrating to the clock overhead that showed a few tenths left, and although many
didn’t want to admit it, everyone in the stadium knew that the Beanpot final
would be headed to overtime.
the game, Northeastern players were asked about their thoughts when BU tied the
game. Head coach Jim Madigan interjected, “Well, the coaches were saying WTF .
teams returned to the ice for an initial five-minute overtime period. The
Terriers kept the momentum from Zegras’ goal, earning chance after chance, but
Northeastern’s defense stayed strong enough to keep the game even and give both
teams a much-needed break before the 20-minute second overtime.
looked around the locker room and saw no panicked faces,” senior defenseman and
team captain Ryan Shea said. “Everyone was just focused on their game and was
ready to go.”
overtime was a defensive struggle, with both teams trading chances. That is,
until Shea pulled off a remarkable hustle play to draw a holding penalty with
just about six minutes remaining in the overtime frame to give the Huskies a two-minute
power play. And that was all they needed.
With 5:27 to go and under 30 seconds remaining on the power play, sophomore defenseman Jordan Harris collected the puck near the blue line in the offensive zone. With his eyes fixed on the goal and the trophy, Harris coolly skated into the slot and let a shot fly. With Zach Solow planted in front of BU goalie Sam Tucker, the puck soared through the air, through the crowd, and into the back of the net.
Harris and his teammates flung their gloves and sticks into the air and sprinted down to the other end to mob Pantano. TD Garden erupted, and I mean erupted. Twelve full sections of Northeastern students and countless more in the arena screamed and cheered as the improbability of the Huskies’ accomplishment sank in.
said that if we get the puck near the blue line to push it to the middle and
get a shot on net,” Harris said. “Hopefully a lane opens up, which it did, and
I took my opportunity, and luckily it paid off.”
The Eberly Award for best goaltender of the tournament went to Pantano, who recorded 40 saves in the championship game. Pantano grew up watching the Beanpot as a local Massachusetts kid, and continued to watch during his time just north of us at Merrimack College. This was his only opportunity to make his own mark on this historic tournament, and when it mattered most, he didn’t blink.
Solow was crowned MVP for his two-goal performance. Though his stats speak for
themselves, it’s Solow’s on-ice tenacity and off-ice leadership that have
impressed Husky fans and coaches.
perhaps his greatest trait is this: he doesn’t know what it means to lose a
Beanpot game. None of Northeastern’s juniors do either. After three decades of
heartbreaking losses, gutsy performances to no avail, and seeing another team lift
that pot of beans, Northeastern has achieved all-time greatness in Boston’s
most personal and meaningful sports tournament.
heart-attack Huskies had the added benefit of pulling out their improbable win
in front of 17,850 fans, the largest crowd in Beanpot history. BU fans made
their mark, but it was the Northeastern faithful who truly took over TD Garden
(as they have for years) and made it Northeastern’s home away from home. In the
past three seasons, Northeastern is 8–1 there. The bright lights were out on
Monday night, and the Huskies shine in those.
was a great Beanpot game; I’ve seen a lot of them over the years,” Madigan
said. “Congratulations to our players . . . they’ve set the bar incredibly high
for this program and they’ve represented the school well.”
“The winning culture that we’ve built — along with the guys before us — has been everything,” Shea noted. “I came to Northeastern to win a Beanpot, and now we’ve got three of them.”
was a distinct theme throughout the postgame press conference: “Never forgot their
roots.” Northeastern has 14 Massachusetts natives on its roster, all of whom
grew up watching the Beanpot and dreamt of winning it someday. Milton,
Massachusetts resident Jim Madigan praised two Huskies who also grew up there —
Ryan Shea and Aidan McDonough, who had an impressive four-point performance in
the Championship game.
“I had [McDonough] at my house during the Stanley Cup when he was nine,” said Madigan. “I’ve known him a long time and he’s grown into a great young man, and an even better hockey player . . . we’re a Mass team now.
young men have separated themselves from every other team in the 90-year
history of this program,” Madigan said. When asked about a potential four-peat,
Madigan smiled, shook his head, and said, “I think we’re just going to enjoy
a personal note, thank you to everyone involved with Northeastern hockey. This
has been a truly incredible ride that thousands of people — alumni old and new,
current freshmen, family — have loved being a part of.
And to my WRBB Sports family, thank you for everything. There are so many people who deserve to be a part of this run, and I like to believe that everyone at WRBB, past and present, was a crucial part of this broadcast. Like Jim Madigan said, I think I’m just going to enjoy this for a little while.
With 5:07 remaining in the second overtime, sophomore defenseman Jordan Harris scored to give Northeastern a 5–4 win over BU. Hear Christian Skroce and Matt Neiser call the legendary moment that gave Northeastern its first Beanpot three-peat.
WRBB’s written coverage of the game can be found here.
BOSTON — The heart-attack Huskies just couldn’t help themselves.
Beanpot final for the ages, one that lasted late into Monday night, it took two
overtime periods to crown a 2020 champion, and the game of the decade did not
University — which qualified for the game after another double-overtime thriller
against Boston College in the semifinal — grabbed the lead off a Jake Wise
backhander just three minutes into the contest. After a Craig Pantano spill in
front of the Northeastern net, Wise was perfectly positioned to finish off the
first goal of the game.
BU followed up with a second goal just five minutes later, as Trevor Zegras put a simple wrister past Pantano on the power play.
Northeastern kicked it into high gear.
period intermission was kind to the Huskies, as they bounced back with a four-goal
second period to seize control of the game. Tyler Madden and Aidan McDonough
got the scoring going, tying it up after great individual efforts just six
minutes into the period. The scoring continued for Northeastern as Zach Solow
put the puck in the back of the net on a five-on-three.
taking the 3–2 lead, Northeastern continued to pressure BU, with Grant Jozefek burying
one from distance on the power play to cap the Husky blitz.
foiling a Northeastern power play to begin the third period, the Terriers began
their climb by converting on a power play of their own with a great mid-range
shot from defenseman David Farrance.
battled throughout the third, with Northeastern barely clinging to their 4–3
lead. With just seconds remaining in regulation, BU mustered all their might
toward a final offensive onslaught, and with just 1.2 seconds remaining,
freshman forward Trevor Zegras scored the biggest goal of his career — a
backhander past Pantano to send the Beanpot final into overtime.
The teams played to an even first five minutes of overtime, with Northeastern escaping to the locker room after BU forced them onto their heels. Because a normal, non-Beanpot game would have ended after one overtime, Monday’s contest goes down in the books as a 4–4 tie. Officially, the game was decided. But for the players on the ice and the fans in the stands, there was still a score to settle.
entered the second overtime with as much energy as they could muster. After
trading blows, the Huskies finally gained a momentum advantage when a BU tripping
penalty gave the Huskies a power play they couldn’t afford to waste.
left to go, Jordan Harris collected the puck near the blue line. With eyes on
goal, Harris wound up and fired his shot toward the BU net. With Zach Solow
planted in front of BU goaltender Sam Tucker, the puck sailed through the air
and miraculously found the back of the net. In a split second, the crowd of
17,850 — the largest showing in the 68-year history of the Beanpot — erupted
into a deafening roar. After going 30 years without a Beanpot trophy, the
Huskies had their first-ever three-peat.
An ecstatic Jim Madigan praised his team after the game saying, “They pushed, we pushed, they pushed back. It was a great Beanpot game. Congratulations to our players on three in a row. These young men have separated themselves from every other team in the 90-year history of this program.”
Solow was crowned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring a goal apiece against Harvard and BU. Craig Pantano went home with the Eberly Award, given to the player with the highest save percentage across both games. Pantano saved 40 shots in the championship game.
This season has presented its fair share of challenges for the Huskies, and they haven’t always shone under the spotlight. But under the biggest college hockey spotlight in a sports-crazed city, as the cheers of the Doghouse rained down on the ice at TD Garden, there was no mistaking the sight — the Huskies were champions again.
The Northeastern women’s hockey team will face BU in their Beanpot final Tuesday night. Dale Desantis and Alex Bensley will be on the call; follows @wrbbsports on Twitter for updates on start time. WRBB will also upload a more in-depth story on the three-peat later in the week.
Tyler Madden began Monday
with 14 goals and 12 assists, tied for third in the nation in goals and tied
for fourth in points. The Vancouver Canucks prospect has been on fire as of
late; in only his second college season, Madden has placed himself firmly in
the Hobey Baker Award conversation.
The hot streak continued
into Monday night, as he racked up another goal and a pair of assists en route
to a 4–2 Northeastern victory over the visiting Bentley Falcons. In a game
closer than the score suggests, Madden’s goal scoring and playmaking once again
helped the Huskies tally a win.
“I don’t think it’s slowed
down, I think I just understand it a little bit better,” Madden said when asked
about the change in year two. “I think having a first year under your best
helped me out a lot. [I’m] starting to get those areas where I score more and
just play some good hockey.”
On the back of a 5–2
victory on the road against fellow Hockey East opponent UConn, sub-.500 Bentley
(8–11–1) looked like a walk in the park for No. 11/13 Northeastern (13–5–2,
7–4–1 HEA). As it turns out, it was anything but for the Huskies.
Neither team gained any
traction in the first period, with the two sides jostling back-and-forth for
much of the frame. Bentley held the shot lead for the entire period, ending the
first 20 minutes with an 8–7 advantage. Despite the discrepancy, it was
Northeastern that got on the board first. As the clock ticked under two
minutes, the Huskies went on the power play following a slashing call on the
Falcons. As he does so often, Madden dictated play before sliding a perfect
pass across the zone, finding freshman Aidan McDonough for a one-timer to take
McDonough has come on
strong for the Huskies this season, proving to be the missing link on a power
play unit that struggled to start the season. After sputtering early, the
Huskies have brought their conversion percentage above 20 percent, placing them
in the top-20 in the nation. Monday’s goal was McDonough’s eighth of the
season, all on the man advantage. Those eight PP goals tie him for the lead
nationally, no small feat for a freshman on the same unit as Madden and Zach
After just one penalty in
the first frame, the second period turned into a whistle-fest. Starting at the
6:48 mark, three penalties were assessed in the next 10 minutes — two to
Northeastern and one to Bentley. Neither team found paydirt on those
opportunities, and Bentley even came close to converting on a breakaway as they
killed off the Huskies’ first. A Falcon stretch pass found a streaking Matt
Gosiewski, but grad transfer goaltender Craig Pantano saved the day with one of
many outstanding saves on the night.
If it feels like you’ve
read that sentence before, you probably have — Pantano has bailed out
Northeastern with spectacular saves in many a game this season. Madden had high
praise for his teammate, saying “He’s unbelievable. He’s definitely held us in
a lot of games, especially here tonight. It easily could have been 4–4 at the
end of that game, and he just came up big.”
The second period ended
scoreless, but the final 20 minutes more than made up for that. Just under two
minutes into the third, Bentley’s Jonathan Desbiens tucked home a rebound off a
Pantano save to even the game at a goal apiece. Madden took matters into his
own hands and responded less than three minutes later, sliding home a one-timer
from the slot off a feed from sophomore Jordan Harris.
Bentley again brought the
game to a dead heat 8:40 into the third with Jakov Novak’s team-leading 12th
goal of the season, setting up a thrilling finish.
As the clock went under two
minutes left in regulation, overtime looked like a foregone conclusion.
Northeastern continued to press hard for the game-winner, and they eventually found
it when freshman Matt DeMelis fed a pass into the slot for senior Matt Filipe,
who beat the goaltender up high to give the Huskies the lead for good.
Adding insult to injury,
Solow got on the end of a turnover and scored an insurance goal just 26 seconds
later, bringing the final score to 4–2.
Senior captain Ryan Shea
tallied three assists on the night, bringing his season total to a team-high
19. The helpers extended Shea’s point streak to 11 games, dating back to a game
against Merrimack on November 9. Solow’s goal boosted his point streak to nine
games. Pantano saved 26 of 28 Bentley shots, earning his 13th win of
Husky head coach Jim
Madigan praised his team’s ability to step up when it mattered most. “I thought
Bentley played well, and they outplayed us and they outshot us for three
periods . . . we’ve got a mature group in there, and those are the ones that
stepped up and we found a way to win.”
Northeastern is back in
action on Saturday, traveling north to Durham to take on the New Hampshire
Wildcats. Matt Neiser and Dale DeSantis will be on the call, with coverage
beginning at 6:45 PM EST.
BOSTON — Saturday
afternoon’s game was, in many ways, similar to last Saturday’s contest against
Boston University. Both games had chaotic second periods. In both, Northeastern
netted three goals.
The difference today was the result; Northeastern walked off
the ice with a 6–4 win over Dartmouth in their last game of the 2010s. The game
was also reminiscent of the teams’ last meeting six years before, in which a
furious offensive onslaught yielded an 8–8 tie.
For the first five minutes of tonight’s game, the puck
darted around the ice like a wet bar of soap; neither team could hold it for
more than a few seconds. But John Picking, who energized the Husky attack every
time his skates hit the ice, eventually broke the seal, sneaking around the net
and tapping home a gorgeous one-timer off a precise feed from Jordan Harris.
Harris kept the momentum going two minutes later, firing a
long pass to Neil Shea out front. Shea shoveled it to Filipe; Filipe flipped it
With four minutes remaining in the period, a hooking penalty
sent star Dartmouth forward Drew O’Connor to the penalty box. Freshman Husky forward
Aidan McDonough, who has as good a nose for power play goals as a squirrel does
for nuts, found himself alone at the base of the right dot. Tyler Madden slid
him a pass through traffic and McDonough didn’t need to be told twice.
Though the Huskies 11–8 first-period shot advantage seems
fairly insignificant, the quality of the shots shows the Husky dominance that
pervaded the period. The Big Green forced a few attempts in the area of
Northeastern netminder Craig Pantano, but few seriously threatened the fifth-year
The second period was a different story. The momentum swung less
than a minute in, with Dartmouth’s Jeff Losurdo swooping in off the rebound to notch
his third goal in as many games.
Eight minutes later, the Big Green dropped a sledgehammer,
scoring two goals in 13 seconds to even the score. First Daniel Warpecha
stuffed the puck in through traffic. Then Sam Hesler flung one home off the
rebound after an ill-advised do-or-die reach by Neil Shea gave Dartmouth a
three-on-two against Pantano.
“It was more in the neutral
zone where we were turning pucks over, getting three or four guys caught on one
side of the ice, and they counter,” Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan said of
the Dartmouth burst. “That top line of O’Connor, [Quin] Foreman, and [Will] Graber
are really good and they transition pucks quickly. We just got to make sure in
the neutral zone we manage pucks a lot better and we gave them a little bit too
much in that regard today.”
A three-goal lead built over an entire period had been torn
to pieces in nine minutes. Within eight minutes, it was fully restored.
McDonough — apparently not content with just one power play
goal on the afternoon — slammed home another off Zach Solow and Ryan Shea’s
assist. Shea — apparently tired of his goal–assist ratio leaning so far in the
assist direction — scored a power play goal of his own a few minutes later when
a scrambling Dartmouth defense let him get a running start to the front of the
When Tyler Madden stuffed home a rebound two minutes later
for his 13th goal of the season, it completed the Huskies’ second
three-goal second period in as many games.
The only third period scoring was a
goal halfway through from Dartmouth’s Ryan Blankmeier. The Big Green tried to
turn up their intensity and make a last-minute comeback, but that intensity only
caused them problems.
With 80 seconds left, Dartmouth defender
Jack Cameron went down on a puck chase and slammed into the wall underneath the
boards. He remained writhing on the ice for a bit, then went immediately to the
locker room with what Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet described as an upper-body
injury that will sideline him for a while.
The ensuing scuffle yielded penalties,
leaving the Big Green down two goals and two skaters. Northeastern calmly exhausted
Though hustle certainly factored plenty
in a game chock full of puck chases and scrambles, the game was ultimately won
and lost with advantages. Northeastern turned six power plays into three goals
while negating all three of Dartmouth’s power plays.
“You can see the angling and the aggressiveness,”
Gaudet said after the game. “That’s their trigger points where they decide to
be aggressive. Sometimes it’s up-ice, a lot of the times it’s on a bobbled
“They’re really quick. Their angling
was really good and they got into lanes and took things away from us; I was
really impressed with that . . . maybe we can steal a few things from Madigan.”
Three Huskies extended point streaks. Filipe’s
goal brought his streak to five games, Solow’s three assists extended his to
seven, and Ryan Shea’s goal and assists gave him a nine-game stretch. The win
boosted Northeastern to 11–5–2 (6–4–1 HEA) and dropped Dartmouth to 4–4–2 (4–2–1
Northeastern will have a 19-day break
before traveling to Connecticut for a January 3 matchup against the UConn
Huskies. WRBB will not broadcast the game, but will upload coverage to the
WRBB will also publish various online
content throughout Northeastern’s winter break. Our next broadcast is the
January 2 basketball game against Elon. Milton Posner and Matt Neiser will call
that one, with coverage beginning at 6:45 PM EST.
BOSTON —Providence coach Nate Leaman summed up tonight’s game the only way
he could: “We got our butts kicked. That’s my opening statement.”
had been three years since the Huskies had last beaten Providence, and it
looked like that streak would continue tonight. After falling to the Friars in
Providence last night, 3–2, Northeastern knew it had to pull off a win at
Matthews Arena, especially given the muddled landscape of Hockey East early
night I thought that we weren’t physical; we let Providence dictate
the game and their space, and we didn’t respond,” Northeastern head coach
Jim Madigan said after the game. “One of the things we said here tonight,
‘let’s punch them in the mouth before they punch us in the mouth,’ because they
are a heavy, hard team to play against, and I thought we were a little too
passive last night.”
O’Neill got the scoring going for the Friars 17 minutes into the first period
with a weak attempt that slid underneath Northeastern netminder Craig Pantano.
The Providence lead did not last long, as just 38 seconds later, freshman
defenseman Mike Kesselring netted his first collegiate goal to level the score
at one. After a nice juke from the blue line, Kesselring slid a shot through
the legs of Providence goalie Michael Lackey. Madigan praised the goal after
the game, saying “I liked how we responded immediately after that first goal.
It was important to make sure they didn’t get too comfortable.”
the first-period stalemate, the Huskies came alive in the second frame, putting
together their best period of the season. Grant Jozefek began the period by
finishing off an excellent feed from sophomore defenseman Jordan Harris.
was not done yet, as a minute later he fired a power-play shot from the blue
line past Lackey to give the Huskies a two-goal lead.
forward Matt Filipe extended the Husky lead to 4–1 soon after with an
impressive breakaway finish off a neutral-zone feed from freshman defenseman
Jayden Struble. The goal forced Lackey out of the game, as Leaman let junior
goalie Gabe Mollot-Hill finish the game for Providence.
got one back toward the end of the second frame with a Patrick Moynihan goal,
but the Huskies didn’t panic. With two minutes remaining in the period, freshman
defender Jeremie Bucheler put away his own blue-line shot for his first goal of
the season, giving the Huskies a 5–2 lead. Northeastern scored four
second-period goals, more than they’ve scored in all but one of their 11 games this
rebounded nicely to begin the final period, pulling within two goals after a
nice finish from forward Vimal Sukumaran. The Friars pushed forward during the
first ten minutes of the frame and got two power play chances to bring the game
within one goal. Despite numerous close calls, Northeastern killed off both
power play chances. The second penalty kill of the final period turned out to
be the difference, as the Providence players were visibly deflated after failing
to cut the lead to one.
Northeastern continued its physical play for the final ten minutes, eventually earning a 7–3 win after empty-net goals from Tyler Madden (his eighth of the year) and Filipe (his second of the game and third point on the night).
entire penalty kill unit was tonight’s MVP. The Huskies killed all four
Providence power plays, including two in the third period.
worked on that a lot in practice, and we’ve tried to build our identity on the
penalty kill,” Filipe remarked. “We have a lot of guys who want to be out there
on the kill, and it’s nice to be able to rotate guys throughout.” Filipe also
complimented Pantano, who had two nice games this weekend.
was a big night for Northeastern’s impressive freshman class, with two defensemen
getting their first goals of the season and two more adding assists. Madigan
noted that “[Struble, Bucheler, and Kesselring] have been incredible recently. [Providence]
are a heavy team, and they’re a fast team, so we knew that some of our younger
guys would have to step up.”
Huskies also got important contributions from a significant second year player.
In addition to his goal and assist, Jordan Harris made several key defensive
plays, logging the best game of his career in arguably the Huskies’ most
important early-season contest. Harris
was key to stopping Providence’s Jack Dugan, the nation’s points leader. When
asked about Dugan after the game, Madigan explained, “He’s such a good
player, and they use him a lot. He’s coming over the boards, [it seems like]
every shift there, and then with the TV timeouts you can really use that to
your advantage. It’s kind of like how we used Gaudette and Sikura a couple
win boosted the Huskies to 6–4–2 (3–3–1 HEA) and sets the team up nicely for
next weekend’s home series against Maine. WRBB will cover both contests,
starting with Friday night’s game at Matthews Arena.
Jonathan Golbert and Mack Krell will call the action, with coverage starting at
6:45 PM ET.
After a blazing 4–1–0 start to the season, the No. 14 Northeastern men’s hockey team has been reeling a bit lately. Their next four games saw them go 0–3–1, including a 1–1 tie against Merrimack — the team Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan picked to finish last in Hockey East in the preseason coaches poll — that culminated in a heart-to-heart team meeting, per Mike McMahon of College Hockey News.
With the No. 10 Providence Friars waiting
Friday in the first game of a home-and-home set, the Huskies looked to build on
a dominating win over Merrimack the day of the meeting. But they faltered again,
falling 3–2 to the Friars at Schneider Arena Friday night.
The Friars controlled the first
period, especially early on. Providence recorded eight of the first nine shots
on net, including the first six. Thankfully for Northeastern, goaltender Craig
Pantano stood tall in net, racking up 17 saves and keeping the home team off
the board. The Merrimack grad transfer has singlehandedly kept the Huskies in
multiple games this season.
Though Providence provided much of
the offense, Northeastern wasn’t without chances in the first frame. Freshman
Aidan McDonough, fresh off his first career two-goal game against Merrimack,
had a pair of early shots saved by Providence’s Michael Lackey. Matt DeMelis
threaded a pass through to Zach Solow later in the period, but the junior
couldn’t put the puck home. The Huskies had a few other half-chances — mostly
off of Friar turnovers — but the 17–7 Providence shot advantage tells the tale
of first-period domination.
At the end of a penalty kill early
in the second period, Northeastern had their best chance of the evening on a
Matt Filipe breakaway. The senior broke ahead of the pack with the puck, but
was denied by Lackey as he tried to slip the shot between the netminder’s legs.
Providence broke the deadlock with
about four minutes to go in the second frame. Albin Nilsson found his way
behind the Husky defense before playing a pass out in front from behind the
net. The pass found Jamie Engelbert waiting in the crease, and the freshman
wasted no time slotting a shot past Pantano to give the Friars a 1–0 lead.
Six minutes into the third period,
Tyler Madden evened things up with his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Though Madden scored the goal, it was Filipe who made the play happen. Skating
into the Friar zone on the left side, the senior assistant captain shook off
two separate hits along the boards as he got the puck to McDonough behind the
net. McDonough backhanded it out in front of the net, hitting a streaking
Madden for the one-time finish.
The game stayed deadlocked until
Providence retook the lead with six and a half minutes to play. Northeastern
had a chance on the other end but couldn’t put it away, leading to a Providence
rush and a Spenser Young shot from the point. The shot was redirected by Tyce
Thompson in the slot, causing the puck to take flight and arc perfectly over
Pantano’s head into the net.
Between the officials’ initial
review and Madigan’s offsides zone entry challenge, the goal was questioned for
five minutes. It stood.
The Friars struck again less than
two minutes later with what would prove the decider, though it was less a
Providence goal than a Husky own goal. Providence junior Jason O’Neill skated
in close to Pantano, who attempted to swat the puck away with his stick. He succeeded
in swatting it . . . straight into O’Neill’s body, which caused it to ricochet
past Pantano into the net.
A slashing penalty on Providence
with 90 seconds to go in regulation gave the Huskies some hope, and defenseman
Jordan Harris capitalized with a shot from the point that deflected off a skate
and past Lackey to make it a one-goal game with 42 seconds remaining.
Northeastern didn’t generate another chance. The Friars won, 3–2.
Northeastern played well at times,
but Providence boasts one of the best offenses in college hockey. Coming into
the night, the Friars led the nation in goals and assists.
The Huskies forced turnovers and
generated chances off of them. They flexed their penalty kill muscles with a
three-for-three night on the man disadvantage. But the red and black lacked Providence’s
offensive polish and it showed in the time of possession and quality of chances
These teams rematch on Saturday at
Matthews Arena. Christian Skroce and Matt Neiser will be on the call, with puck
drop scheduled for 8 PM.
These teams rematch on Saturday at Matthews Arena. Christian Skroce and Matt Neiser will be on the call, with puck drop scheduled for 8 PM.
BOSTON — Returning from Minnesota
after a two-game set against St. Cloud State last weekend, the No. 10
Northeastern men’s hockey team hosted the No. 3 UMass Minutemen at Matthews
Arena for the second time this season. The Huskies jumped out to an early lead
with a pair of first-period goals, but five unanswered goals from the Minutemen
propelled UMass to a 6–3 win.
Northeastern opened the game on the front foot, taking it to the Minutemen and controlling the play offensively. Before long, their efforts paid off, as grad transfer Brendan van Riemsdyk deflected a pass from Jordan Harris into the back of the net just three minutes into the game. Senior Grant Jozefek doubled Northeastern’s lead a few minutes later, taking the puck into the zone himself on a two-on-one break and sniping a shot past UMass’ Filip Lindberg.
The Minutemen snagged one
back with less than three minutes to go in the first period. Bobby Trivigno
collected an errant pass from a Husky defenseman and slid a shot by Craig
Pantano, halving the Northeastern lead.
A penalty by freshman Julian Kislin with five seconds left in the first period gave UMass a power play to start the second. A cross-check from Jeremie Bucheler 15 seconds into the frame turned it into a five-on-three, and the Minutemen wasted no time evening the game at 2–2. The visiting team scored three more goals in the period, making it five unanswered goals since the Huskies’ pair early in the first frame.
A slick goal from reigning Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week T.J. Walsh early in the final frame gave Northeastern a brief spark, but their momentum went no further. A late empty-netter from the Minutemen extended their lead to 6–3 and put the game out of reach.
Northeastern head coach Jim
Madigan pulled Pantano from the game after two periods, handing freshman Connor
Murphy the reigns for the final 20 minutes. Of the change, Madigan said, “I
didn’t think Craig had a lot of help back there. You try and create a little
spurt, see if you can get a little momentum.” Murphy saved both of the shots he
faced while between the pipes.
After the game, Madigan
implored the team to be more consistent. “Every night you gotta come to play,
and every shift, every puck is important. As a group we’re still trying to
understand that . . . You
gotta play with urgency all the time, and we didn’t play with enough urgency.”
The Huskies will seek
revenge tomorrow when the two teams will face off again on Saturday in Amherst,
Massachusetts. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 PM, with Matt Neiser and Matt Cunha
on the call.
ST. CLOUD, MN — The Huskies bounced back in a big
way on Friday night in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
looked nothing like the team that suffered a disappointing 2–2 tie against Holy
Cross last Saturday. The intensity was there from the get-go — something coach
Jim Madigan emphasized after the last game.
it “a great team effort,” and “a great response from last weekend’s game.”
of the Huskies began with Northeastern imposing their will early in the first
period. Center John Picking, a big net-front presence as of late, got the
scoring going for Northeastern 8:32 into the first period.
final minute of the first period, St. Cloud mounted a furious attack. They
created numerous offensive chances, but Northeastern’s defense and goaltender
Craig Pantano stood strong and took a one-goal lead into the first break.
came out strong in the second period and center Sam Hentges notched the tying
goal just 4:30 into the frame. It appeared that the momentum had swung in favor
of St. Cloud and their raucous home crowd, but Northeastern would not let that
evened out towards the middle of the period, and Tyler Madden put Northeastern
back on top with a goal halfway through the second. He tacked on another with
just 36 seconds remaining in the period, giving Northeastern a two-goal cushion.
Madden has four goals in the team’s first five games.
period opened with relatively even play from the two Husky squads, but midway
through the frame St. Cloud fed the puck to a streaking forward. What seemed
like a one-on-one chance was negated when Northeastern defenseman Jordan Harris
made a fantastic diving stop, laying out and poking the puck away while
avoiding a penalty.
pretty, but the Northeastern defense weathered the St. Cloud storm in the final
ten minutes. Goaltender David Hrenak was pulled with under two minutes
remaining and Northeastern took advantage, icing the game with a Biagio Lerario
This marks Northeastern’s second game, and second win, against a nationally ranked opponent this season. The No. 11 Huskies sit at 4–0–1 (1–0–0 HEA). St. Cloud, playing its first game in two weeks, suffered its first loss of the season after two ties.
of went at our guys, and they really responded,” said Madigan on the coaching
staff challenging the team.
start was crucial, and the end result was exactly what they wanted.
and St. Cloud face off again Saturday at 7 PM ET (6 PM Central). Matt Neiser
and Adam Doucette will have the
call beginning fifteen minutes before puck drop.