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The Northeastern men's hockey team dropped a heartbreaking overtime loss, 4-3, to No.1-ranked Boston College on Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd of 4,746 at Matthews Arena.
Despite carrying a 3-1 lead into the third period, the Eagles tallied two goals midway into the frame and Bill Arnold finished off the contest at the 4:00-minute mark in overtime.
Freshman Joe Manno scored his first two collegiate goals with help from classmate Ludwig Karlsson on both tallies while junior Steve Quailer scored his second-career power play goal.
Junior goaltender Chris Rawlings turned in another sterling performance with 39 saves while BC netminder Parker Milner stopped 19 shots in the victory. The Huskies were outshot, 43-22, in the contest while the Eagles controlled the circle with 41 draws to the Huskies' 30 faceoff wins.
Northeastern took the first few shots in the opening moments, but it was Boston College that struck first at 1:55.
The Eagles turned the puck out of the Huskies' zone thanks to some movement from Chris Kreider through the neutral zone. Kreider dropped the puck off to Kevin Hayes on the right dot and Hayes let an unattested wrister go right past Rawlings' glove for the quick strike and 1-0 lead.
The Huskies countered just under two minutes later on a power play goal from Quailer at 4:50. Destry Straight was whistled for roughing at 3:49 and after a couple cycles, Saponari filtered the puck through the zone to J. Daniels on the far post. J. Daniels tried to stuff it in and Milner's original block pushed the puck out to Quailer on the crease. Quailer jammed it home in the scrum to knot the game, 1-1.
Both teams squandered power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 chance for BC, in the middle of the first stanza and the Huskies' momentum from the kill transitioned into a 2-1 lead.
Manno stripped Patrick Brown in the neutral zone and flicked the puck out to Karlsson in stride. Karlsson was tripped up by an Eagles' defenseman, but Manno was in pursuit, eluded his man and powered the puck past Milner with the forehand from 12 feet out at 17:54 for the 2-1 lead.
Tommy Cross was issued a hooking penalty after dragging Quailer down in front of the net, but NU's power play was cut short after Karlsson took a seat for slashing at 3:25. Neither team attacked within the window, but Northeastern possessed on offense for the duration of the 4-on-4 situation.
The Manno-Karlsson connection struck again at 8:21 of the second to build a 3-1 lead after NU's defense survived a barrage of Boston College shots. The Huskies snapped the puck out of their zone and Manno won a battle along the far boards out to Karlsson. Karlsson skated the puck deep into Eagles' territory and deferred back to Manno. Manno corralled the disc and flung it past Milner's blocker as he was in mid-air between the circles to give the Huskies a two-goal pad.
The Huskies continued to dictate the tempo to close out the second stanza as indicated by a rip from junior blue liner Drew Ellement that was inches from making in a 4-1 game at the 10:45 mark. The puck rang off the left pipe to keep the contest a two-goal affair.
After high sticking and boarding calls were issued to Edwin Shea (1:24) and Chris Kreider (3:33), respectively, Northeastern had the chance to break the game open but the Eagles successfully staved off NU's power play and made it a one-goal game at 8:04 on a tally from Barry Almeida.
Brian Dumoulin broke up the play in Northeastern's end and flipped the puck out to Paul Carey on the blue line. Carey raced up the left side and slid the puck over to Almeida in between the circles. Almeida gathered the puck and duped Rawlings with the backhand shot between the legs to cut into the Huskies' lead, 3-2.
With momentum on Boston College's side, the Eagles took advantage of an offsides call to Northeastern and tied the game up, 3-3, at 11:09. Pat Mullane cleanly won the draw back to Dumoulin and the defenseman carted it down the left side and beat Rawlings through traffic.
With the game even, sophomore defenseman Anthony Bitetto was called for hooking at 18:04 to give Boston College the man-advantage for the rest of regulation, but Kreider matched Bitetto's hook at 18:57 to make it 4-on-4 for the last 1:03 of action.
Neither team broke the tie in the final minute of the third period as the Huskies gained a 53-second power play to start the overtime session.
Boston College started to mount heavy pressure with roughly two minutes left in the extra frame and Bill Arnold's tip in front of the net ended the contest at exactly 4:00. Patch Alber ripped a slap shot from the top of the right zone and Arnold was able to place his stick in proper position to redirect the puck past Rawlings from the left side of the crease to seal the 4-3 OT win.
The Huskies make their first of two trips to Durham, N.H. on Saturday, Oct. 29 to take on New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center. The last time Northeastern played the Wildcats, the Huskies blanked UNH, 4-0, at Matthews Arena on Oct. 14 for the first time in over 50 years. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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• In the last three games the Eagles have come to St. Botolph St., Matthews Arena has been at a capacity crowd of 4,666. Tonight's contest was listed at OVER capacity with a crowd of 4,746.
• Joe Manno attained his first points as a Husky in grand fashion, lighting the lamp twice against BC. The Montreal, Quebec native is the second NU skater to score two goals in one game as Justin Daniels turned the trick in the season opener against UMass on Oct. 7.
• Ludwig Karlsson provided the assists on both of Manno's markers for his first-career multi-point outing. Karlsson is riding a three-game point streak and has made the score sheet in his first three collegiate outings. Through three contests, Karlsson has scored one goal and three assists.
• Steve Quailer's goal counts for just his second-career power play goal. The Arvada, Colo. native broke a 20-game scoreless streak with his last goal coming against Harvard on Jan. 19, 2011 at Matthews Arena on a rare Wednesday night contest.