|2nd||11:12||NOE||1-0||EV||Jeremy Davies (2)||Dylan Sikura/10, Adam Gaudette/8|
|2nd||14:03||NOE||2-0||EV||Patrick Schule (1)||Garret Cockerill/5, Ryan Shea/4|
|2nd||18:10||NOE||3-0||PP||Zach Aston-Reese (7)||Adam Gaudette/9, Dylan Sikura/11|
|2nd||19:03.1||PRV||1-3||EV||Jake Walman (2)||Vimal Sukumaran/2|
|3rd||1:33||NOE||4-1||PP||Dylan Sikura (5)||John Stevens/1, Garret Cockerill/6|
|3rd||3:54||NOE||5-1||EV GW||Zach Aston-Reese (8)||Biagio Lerario/3, John Stevens/2|
|3rd||6:59||PRV||2-5||EV||Brian Pinho (3)||Jacob Bryson/4, Erik Foley/6|
|3rd||8:53||PRV||3-5||PP||Anthony Florentino (4)||Josh Wilkins/5, Jacob Bryson/5|
|3rd||18:08||PRV||4-5||EV EA||Josh Wilkins (3)||Anthony Florentino/3, Erik Foley/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Hayden Hawkey (L, 3-4-2)||58:47||5||12||12||5||29|
|Ryan Ruck (W, 4-4-3)||59:57||4||8||7||11||26|
BOSTON - Using two goals from Zach Aston-Reese and a three-point night from Dylan Sikura (one goal, two assists), the Northeastern men's ice hockey team (4-4-4, 1-3-2) exploded for five goals in less than 13 minutes of game action before holding off a late surge from No. 19 Providence (3-3-2, 0-2-1) to pick up a 5-4 victory on Friday night at Matthews Arena.
Northeastern led 5-1 with 16:06 remaining in regulation before seeing the Friars chip away at the lead with three goals in a 12-minute span to come within one score of tying the game. The win gives the Huskies their first league victory of the season and first home victory over the Friars since 2010.
With his two goals, Aston-Reese became the 48th player in program history to record 100 career points. He has 43 goals and 58 assists in 119 games on Huntington Avenue.
Sikura, Jeremy Davies and Patrick Schule also scored for the Huskies, while Adam Gaudette, Garret Cockerill and John Stevens contributed two assists apiece. The Friars received goals from four different scorers and 29 saves from Hayden Hawkey, while Ryan Ruck had 26 stops at the other end for Northeastern.
Both squads used the power play to their advantage through the night, with NU going 2-of-5 and Providence 1-of-3. The Huskies also won the battle in the face-off circle, taking 36-of-69 draws.
- After nearly 30 minutes of scoreless hockey, Davies broke the deadlock to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead with 8:48 remaining in the period. Adam Gaudette began the play by winning a puck battle along the half wall before Dylan Sikura gathered the loose puck and skated towards the middle of the zone. He then sent a pass down to Davies, who ripped a low shot on goal that Hawkey steered aside. Davies, though, quickly picked up his own rebound and sped around the cage to wrap it past the PC netminder for his second goal of the season.
- Northeastern made it 2-0 with 5:57 left in the second period on Schule's first of the year, cleaning up the mess in front of the PC net. Following a clean face-off win from John Stevens, Ryan Shea tossed the puck across the blue line to Garret Cockerill, whose slap shot caught a Friar defenseman to send the puck into the slot. Schule was there, though, to pick up the loose disk and fire it under the glove of Hawkey for the score.
- The hosts went up by three with 1:50 to play in the period on Aston-Reese's team-leading seventh goal of the year. With the Huskies on the power play and cycling the puck below the goal line, Sikura fed Gaudette behind the net. Then, with Aston-Reese stationed atop the crease, Gaudette sent the puck out in front where Aston-Reese roofed it from in tight for his 100th career point.
- Providence cut the Husky lead to 3-1 less than a minute after the Aston-Reese tally as Jake Walman netted his second of the season. Off a clean face-off win from Vimal Sukumaran, Walman collected the puck and skated along the blue line before tossing a shot through a screen that got past Ruck. Northeastern used its timeout to allow the officials to see if Ruck had been interfered with, but the call on the ice stood.
- Northeastern regained its three-goal lead just 1:33 into the third period on Sikura's third of the season. With the Huskies skating on a four-on-three power play, Sikura and Stevens played catch with the puck before Stevens dished it back down to Sikura at the right side for a one-timer past Hawkey.
- The Huskies found the net again with 16:06 to go in regulation on Aston-Reese's second of the night. Following a Northeastern dump in, Biagio Lerario and Stevens battled a pair of Friars for possession before Lerario dug the puck out of the scrum. He then poked it up to Aston-Reese at the left face-off dot, who sent a low shot towards the net that beat Hawkey five-hole.
- Providence made it a 5-2 game with 13:01 remaining in the third period on Brian Pinho's third of the year. With the Friars transitioning up ice, Jacob Bryson's shot from just inside the point was knocked down by Ruck, but Pinho crashed the net and tucked home the rebound for the score.
- After a slew of penalties, PC brought it within two with 11:07 to go in regulation on Fiorentino's fourth of the year during a five-on-three power play for the Friars. Providence began the play with a clean face-off win in the attacking zone, Bryson found Josh Wilkins at the point. Wilkins patiently held the puck before sliding it across to Fiorentino at the left side for the one-timer past Ruck.
- With Hawkey pulled in favor of the extra attacker with less than two minutes to play in regulation, the Friars made it 5-4 on a face-off goal from Wilkins. Using the six-on-five skating advantage, Erik Foley's pass up to the point was one-timed by Fiorentino towards the net, where Wilkins was positioned to redirect it home for his third goal of the season.
Stats of the game:
- Northeastern is now 54-82-17 all-time against Providence, and picks up its first home victory against the Friars since Nov. 20, 2010.
- Aston-Reese became the 48th player in team history to record 100 career points on Friday night. He has 43 goals and 58 assists in 119 games.
- Northeastern's five goals scored are its most against Providence since Nov. 18, 2011, while the combined nine goals between the two teams is the most since NU defeated the Friars on Jan. 24, 2009, 6-3.
- Senior captain John Stevens returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the last six games with an upper body injury. He has a season-high two assists on the night.
- Gaudette has three assists in his last three games, while Sikura has one goal and three assists in his last three contests. Sikura also recorded a career-high two blocked shots, including one in the final seconds of regulation.
- Cockerill's two assists tied a career-high for the junior blueliner.
The road ahead:
- The team will meet again tomorrow night in the series finale at Schneider Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.