|1st||1:46||NOE||1-0||EV||Lincoln Griffin (3)||Adam Gaudette/4, Ryan Shea/2|
|1st||9:18||NOE||2-0||PP||Matt Filipe (2)||Zach Aston-Reese/4, Brendan Collier/1|
|1st||15:34||NOE||3-0||EV GW||Adam Gaudette (3)||Lincoln Griffin/1|
|1st||17:07||NOE||4-0||PP||Dylan Sikura (1)||Nolan Stevens/2, Adam Gaudette/5|
|2nd||4:10||ASU||1-4||PP||Robbie Baillargeon (2)||Dylan Hollman/4, Brinson Pasichnuk/3|
|2nd||6:00||NOE||5-1||SH||Zach Aston-Reese (4)||-|
|2nd||19:18||ASU||2-5||PP||Robbie Baillargeon (3)||Dylan Hollman/5, Nicholas Gushue/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Arizona State (1-4-0)||2/9||8/16||0|
|Arizona State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Joey Daccord (L, 1-3-0)||15:34||3||5||0||0||5|
|Ryan Ruck (W, 2-1-2)||60:00||2||5||10||8||23|
BOSTON - The No. 17 Northeastern men's ice hockey team (2-1-2) buried four first period goals and used a three-point night from Adam Gaudette (two goals, one assist) to skate past Arizona State (1-4-0) on Friday night at Matthews Arena, 5-2.
Friday's win moves the Huskies to 11-0-1 at home, dating back to last season, which is the longest home winning streak in program history.
Five Huskies found the back of the net for Northeastern on Friday as Lincoln Griffin, Matt Filipe, Gaudette and Dylan Sikura all scored during the first period onslaught before the Sun Devils crept back into the game with a pair of power play tallies from Robbie Baillargeon during the middle frame. Zach Aston-Reese (one goal, one assist) also scored for the Huskies with a shorthanded marker six minutes into the second.
Ryan Ruck got the nod in goal for NU for the fifth straight game, making 23 stops, while Joey Daccord made five saves through 16 minutes of play for Arizona State before being replaced by Ryland Pashovitz (21 saves) late in the first period.
Northeastern outshot the Sun Devils 31-25 in the game, while ASU dominated the face-off dot by winning 44-of-66 draws, including a 17-of-20 showing from Baillargeon. Both teams capitalized twice on the man advantage, with NU going 2-of-8 and Arizona State 2-of-9.
- Northeastern jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game when Griffin netted his third goal of the year. After Gaudette took a chip from Ryan Shea in the defensive zone, Gaudette sped down the left side before trying a wraparound that Daccord got a pad on. Griffin, however, was waiting on the doorstep for the rebound and knocked it home for the early lead.
- The hosts went up by two near the midway mark of the period on Filipe's second of the year. With Northeastern on an abbreviated power play, Brendan Collier found Zach Aston-Reese along the half-wall, and fed him with a pass at the left side. Aston-Reese then spotted Filipe, who was left alone in the slot, for a one-timer that beat Daccord five-hole.
- Gaudette gave the Huskies a commanding 3-0 lead with 4:26 left in the period on a quick transition play, netting his third of the year. With Griffin and Gaudette working to steal the puck from an ASU attacker in the Northeastern zone, Gaudette turned and sprinted up the ice before ripping a shot from a sharp angle over the left shoulder of Daccord, prompting an Arizona State goaltending change.
- Northeastern took a 4-0 advantage two minutes later as Sikura notched his first of the year on the power play. After Gaudette found Sikura at the point, Sikura fed the puck down to Nolan Stevens along the goal line. Stevens quickly returned the favor to Sikura, who sent a low shot in on goal that redirected off the stick of a Sun Devil defenseman and past Pashovitz.
- Arizona State got on the board four minutes into the second period with a power play marker form Baillargeon. With ASU controlling the puck in the attacking zone, Brinson Pasichnuk fired a shot towards the cage that got knocked down before it reached Ruck. Dylan Hollman, creating a screen, was able to knock the puck past Ruck, and Baillargeon finished it off for his second goal of the season.
- The Huskies regained its four-goal edge 1:50 after the Baillargeon tally as Aston-Reese buried his fourth of the year on a great individual effort. During an ASU power play, the Sun Devils tried to clear the defensive zone, but Aston-Reese was able to pick the pocket of the forward and go in alone on Pashovitz, roofing a wrist shot off the crossbar and in.
- Baillargeon buried his second of the game with 41.6 seconds remaining in the second period to make it a 5-2 game with Arizona State on the power play. Nicholas Gushue began the play by knocking down a Husky icing attempt and skating the puck right back into the attacking zone. His centering big caught the stick of Hollman, but landed right on the stick of Baillargeon, who ripped it top shelf on a one-timer.
Stats of the game
- Northeastern is now 1-0-0 all-time against Arizona State
- The Huskies are 11-0-1 in their last 12 home games, dating back to last season. It's the longest home winning streak in program history.
- Sikura is on a career-long five-game point streak (one goal, eight assists)
- Gaudette has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last two games
- Northeastern's four first period goals were the most for the Huskies since Feb. 19, 2016 at Connecticut.
- Junior defenseman Garrett Cecere made his Northeastern debut on Friday night.
The road ahead
- Northeastern and Arizona State will meet again in the series finale tomorrow night at Matthews Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.