By Nick Mulligan
This past Saturday, November 10, at Matthews Arena, the Northeastern University Huskies came away with a 5-4 victory over the UMass Lowell River Hawks. The Huskies carried the momentum over from their win the night before against UConn to sweep the weekend. The Huskies came from behind and won both of their games this weekend against the University of Connecticut and in overtime against the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The wins gave the Huskies back-to-back Hockey East conference wins and put the team’s record at 4-1-1 for their last six conference games.
For the second straight game, the Huskies found themselves in a hole due to penalty trouble. Although not in this spot for the first time, the Huskies would have liked to get off to a more positive start against a strong UMass Lowell team. Kenny Hausinger scored the first goal 3:35 into the game for UMass Lowell, putting the River Hawks up 1-0. During the first period, the River Hawks and the Huskies fought back and forth for possession of the puck and Jeremy Davies tied the game for the Huskies at 1-1, eight minutes and 19 seconds into the first period. Throughout the second period, the Huskies were outplayed. The River Hawks had two power-play goals by both Mattias Goransonn and Ryan Lohin in which the Huskies did not answer to. This closed out the second period and the River Hawks were leading 3-1.
The Huskies knew they had to come out strong for the third period. Junior Grant Jozefek said the team, “Kind of woke up and started to realize how we needed to play and what we needed to do,” for the third period. The Huskies were able to work together as a team and started to play with more confidence as they started to regain control of play into the third. Jozefek specifically broke things out for the Huskies, as he proved he was not going down without a fight. Jozefek scored a goal (1:40) to jumpstart the third period. Lohin, however, answered Jozefek’s goal and gave the Hawks their two-goal lead back at 4-2. Jozefek was not phased as he put one back in for the Hawks at 3:57 in the third period, making the score 4-3. With just 4:28 left in the third and down by one, the Huskies freshman forward, Tyler Madden, was able to light the lamp and force the game into overtime. Madden expressed, “There is never any quit in our team which is such a good thing to have, and to be able to convert and help the team win is something that I wanted to do.” Shortly into free hockey, Husky senior forward Patrick Schule put one home to send fans home happy with an overtime win for the 17 ranked Northeastern Huskies.
The Northeastern University Huskies men’s ice hockey team is now ranked 15 in the country and are currently in second place in Hockey East rankings, behind University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Huskies record overall is now 6-3-1. Fifteen different players have already scored at least one goal for NU, the most scoring depth through seven games since the 2013-2014 season and tied for the second most in the NCAA, behind only Arizona State. Northeastern looks onto their next Hockey East matchup this Friday, November 16, at the University of Vermont.