Northeastern Sweeps Weekend With 4-2 Win At Merrimack
Senior forward Zach Aston-Reese and freshman forward Matt Filipe each record goal and assist for Huskies

Senior forward Zach Aston-Reese had a goal and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:15  NOE1-0 PP Adam Gaudette (13)Garret Cockerill/14, Dylan Sikura/24
1st 16:05  MER1-1 PP Johnathan Kovacevic (2)Jace Hennig/8, Hampus Gustafsson/8
2nd 2:26  MER2-1 PP Jace Hennig (4)Chris LeBlanc/3, Johnathan Kovacevic/10
2nd 6:55  NOE2-2 EV Matt Filipe (4)Zach Aston-Reese/19
2nd 12:36  NOE3-2 PP GW Zach Aston-Reese (22)John Stevens/15, Dylan Sikura/25
3rd 9:44  NOE4-2 PP Eric Williams (2)Matt Filipe/5, Jeremy Davies/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  1214
Merrimack  1102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  1413835
Merrimack  719935
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (9-10-5)  3/7 6/12 0
Merrimack (8-13-3)  2/5 8/16 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Ruck (W, 9-9-4)60:002 618933
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Drew Vogler (L, 6-8-3)58:194 1311731
Empty Net1:410     

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey had an early second-period lead, but visiting Northeastern responded with the next three goals to sweep both schools' home-and-home series after the Warriors fell, 4-2, on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.

The Basics

Score: Northeastern 4, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (8-13-3, 2-7-3 HEA) | Northeastern (9-10-5, 3-8-3 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Attendance: 2391
Game Duration: 2:15

How It Happened

- Northeastern had three early power plays and capitalized directly off a faceoff win while skating with a brief 5-on-3 advantage, as Adam Gaudette ripped home his 13th of the year off a one-timer feed from Garrett Cockerill to put the Huskies ahead 6:15 into the contest.

- But the home side evened things up 10 minutes later while on a power play of its own after freshman Johnathan Kovacevic (Granby, Ontario) snuck in a wrist shot from above the right circle, as his second tally of the year tied things up at 16:05 of the opening frame. Junior Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) and senior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) helped set up the play along the right wing boards.

- The start of the middle frame featured an early pair of Warrior power plays, and the hosts capitalized on their second after Hennig collected a shot that caromed off the right end boards and stuffed it past NU goaltender Ryan Ruck for his fourth of the year at 2:26. Senior Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) put the puck in deep for the helper, while Kovacevic secured his 10th assist on the play, as well.

- Roughly four minutes later, the Huskies leveled the ledger after the nation's leading scorer, Zach Aston-Reese, picked up a loose puck above the right circle and fed Matt Filipe, who backhanded one through traffic from the right dot to tie things up.

- Northeastern's fifth power play opportunity of the night would give way to their third goal, as Aston-Reese waited out goaltender Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.) and tucked it by him after receiving the puck in front of the crease from John Stevens, propelling the Huskies in front, 3-2, and that score went unchanged heading into the third.

- The Huskies added an insurance tally with just over 10 minutes to play after Eric Williams toe-dragged and scored off a wrister from the slot to make it a 4-2 game.

- Merrimack pulled Vogler over the final 90 seconds in favor of the extra attacker and had another late power play for a 6-on-4 advantage, but Ruck had another 30-plus-save effort to backstop the Huskies to the sweep.

Notes & Notables

- Saturday marked Merrimack's first game with multiple power play goals since netting three against Mercyhurst back on Nov. 4 as part of a 5-1 home victory.

- Saturday was also the first time both Merrimack and its opponent each had multiple power play goals since a 5-5 tie at home against Boston College on Feb. 13, 2016; each school had two tallies with the man advantage that night.

- Northeastern became the second team this year to score three power play goals in a game against the Warriors; the first was New Hampshire on Oct. 29, 2016, in a 6-2 loss in Durham.

Merrimack Lineup

Hennig | Gustafsson | Irvine
Seney | A. Larsson | Tavernier
Coomes | L. Larsson | LeBlanc
Petti | Babcock | Tibbet

Biega | Carle
Kolquist | Cook
Lashyn | Kovacevic


Game Leaders (MC // NU)

Points: Johnathan Kovacevic/Jace Hennig (2) // Three players (2)
Goals: Johnathan Kovacevic/Jace Hennig (1) // Four players (1)
Assists: Johnathan Kovacevic/Jace Hennig (1) // Three players (2)
Shots: Sami Tavernier (9) // Dylan Sikura (7)
Faceoffs Won: Alfred Larsson (21) // John Stevens (12)
Saves: Drew Vogler (31-for-35) // Ryan Ruck (33-for-35)

Facts and Figures (MC // NU)

Power Plays: 2-5 // 3-7
Penalties: 6 Penalties - 12 Minutes // 8 Penalties - 16 Minutes
Faceoffs: 38 // 27
SOG: 7-14 // 19-13 // 9-8 // 35-35

Up Next

Merrimack will have a short turnaround before hosting the current No. 3/4-ranked team in Boston University next Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Lawler Rink. Following that 7 p.m. puck drop, the Warriors and Terriers will conclude the season series on Friday (Jan. 27) at Agganis Arena at 7:30 p.m.