In a battle between Hockey
East’s two Husky teams at the Hartford XL Center on Friday night, Northeastern’s
early-game dominance on both sides of the puck carried them to a 5–2 victory
Within the team’s first 30
seconds of play in 2020, Northeastern’s Matt Filipe fired a shot into the back
of the net on an assist from Ryan Shea.
After Filipe’s goal, play swung
back and forth until 10:40 into the period, when Zach Solow’s unassisted goal
gave Northeastern a 2–0 lead. Minutes
later, Tyler Madden scored another goal, assisted by Aidan McDonough and Grant
UConn struggled through the
entire first period and most of the second, turning over the puck frequently
and giving Northeastern many scoring opportunities.
Nearly twelve minutes into
the second period, Solow put in another goal, assisted by McDonough and Madden.
Northeastern’s score streak continued minutes later,
their fifth goal courtesy of freshman Matt DeMelis, who put home a rebound from
teammate Neil Shea.
UConn finally got on the
board with a minute left in the second period, when Vladislav Firstov put home
a rebound. Firstov’s goal trimmed the Northeastern lead to 5–1 entering the
Though the final period
featured UConn’s second goal (by Jonny Evans seven minutes in), it also brought
increased aggression. With just under five minutes to play, McDonough was
called for goalie interference. Simultaneously, freshman defender Mike
Kesselring was hit with a five-minute major penalty (and a ten-minute game
misconduct) for a violent cross-check, putting Northeastern at a disadvantage
for the remainder of the game.
With nearly three minutes
to go in the game, UConn pulled goalie Tomas Vomacka, leaving Northeastern in a
three-on-five situation. Once McDonough’s penalty was over, Northeastern
defended the more manageable four-on-five penalty kill.
“We didn’t play as cleanly as I would
have liked in the third period,” Madigan said, though he remarked that the “PK
did a great job all night long.”
Craig Pantano also played a solid game, making 24 saves for a .923 save
Northeastern will take on
Bentley this Monday in Matthews Arena. Christian Skroce and Dale Desantis
will call the game for WRBB, with coverage beginning at 6:45.
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.
Northeastern needed a comeback
after entering the third period down 2–1, but goals from Neil Shea and Zach
Solow allowed them to fend off Maine Saturday night at Matthews Arena. The 3–2 win
gave the Huskies a weekend sweep over Maine; the women’s
team beat Maine earlier in the day and will face them again tomorrow.
“It wasn’t our greatest game, and I didn’t think our execution was great,” said Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan. “But going into the third we knew we could play one good third period and win the game and that speaks to character.”
For a while, Northeastern
seemed to be in full control. For more than half the game, Jayden Struble’s
first collegiate goal kept them in front.
With 3:33 to go in the
second period, that all changed. Mitch Fossier, who led Maine in scoring last
year and captains this year’s squad, wheeled around the offensive zone and fired
a last-ditch shot at Huskies goalie Craig Pantano. With players obscuring
Pantano’s view, the shot slide through to tie the game at one.
About 70 seconds later, an Aidan
McDonough hooking penalty gave the Black Bears a power play. Just 14
seconds after that, Pantano couldn’t corral the rebound off a Fossier shot, and
Maine’s Adam Dawe capitalized to give the Black Bears a 2–1 lead. What had
seemed like a sure Northeastern victory was slipping away.
But Northeastern responded.
Four minutes into the third period, Neil Shea controlled the puck behind the
Maine net and, despite the horrendous angle, threw the puck off the back of
Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman and into the net, becoming the second Husky to
score his first career goal.
“Freshman are finding their
way through the season,” said Madigan. “All our freshmen are getting
better. It’s nice for all our freshman just to get that first one. You remember
that first goal; it’s part of your memory bank for the rest of your life.”
Northeastern got some
chances on a Dawe penalty seven minutes into the period, but didn’t convert its
With around six minutes
remaining, Maine’s potent offensive duo of Fossier and Eduards Tralmaks had a
chance to steal the game for Maine. Tralmaks led Fosser for a give and go;
Fosser gave it back to Tralmaks who broke in alone as Struble was down on the
ice. Tralmaks tried to deke it over to his backhand, but Pantano robbed Maine’s
“He’s been great all year,” said Madigan of Pantano. “He gives us a chance to win every single night. We expect it out of him. Craig bailed us out when we needed it and played really well.
With 4:13 remaining, a strong Northeastern attack bore fruit when senior defender Ryan Shea deked his way around several Maine players. Shea found fellow senior Zach Solow in front of the net, and Solow one-timed the shot past Swayman for his fourth goal of the season.
“We had a good offensive zone shift there,” said Solow. “It was a great individual effort by Shea. He beat his guy, I got lost and he put it right on my tape.”
Despite a Northeastern penalty for too many men on the ice, the Black Bears couldn’t answer. The game ended 3–2.
Northeastern outshot Maine 41–28, including 14–8 advantages in both the first and third periods. Pantano had 26 saves for Northeastern and Swayman had 38 for Maine.
5–3–1 HEA) has won their last
three contests; Maine (7–5–2, 4–4–2 HEA) has
lost their last two. The Huskies will head to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the
Friendship Four. They’ll face New Hampshire on Friday and either Colgate or
Princeton on Saturday.