|2nd||1:06||NOE||1-0||PP||Nolan Stevens (10)||Adam Gaudette/13, Brandon Hawkins/1|
|2nd||14:27||AIC||1-1||EV||Brennan Kapcheck (5)||Joel Kocur/5, Andrew Debrincat/9|
|3rd||7:17||NOE||2-1||EV GW||Zach Solow (4)||Brandon Hawkins/2, Eric Williams/5|
|3rd||19:45.2||NOE||3-1||EV EN||Matt Filipe (4)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|American International (6-12-2)||0/2||6/12||0|
|American International Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Stefano Durante (L, 4-6-0)||58:58||2||12||6||10||28|
|Cayden Primeau (W, 7-3-2)||60:00||1||8||11||5||24|
BOSTON - Cayden Primeau made 24 saves and Brandon Hawkins added two assists as the No. 8 Northeastern men's ice hockey team (11-5-2) held off AIC (6-12-2) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, 3-1.
After the teams played a scoreless opening period, Northeastern opened the scoring with a power play strike from Nolan Stevens one minute into the second period. AIC would even the game with 5:33 to go in the middle frame on Brennan Kapcheck's fifth of the season to send the teams into the dressing room tied at one.
The Huskies broke through and retook the lead seven minutes into the final period on Zach Solow's fourth of the year before Matt Filipe added an insurance marker with an empty net goal in the final minute.
Both goaltenders kept their teams in the game all night as Primeau stopped 24-of-25 shots to hold his opponent to two goals or fewer for the fifth straight game, while Stefano Durante made 28 saves at the other end.
The Huskies outshot the Yellow Jackets 31-25 in the game and won 29-of-52 faceoffs, led by a 12-of-16 showing from Adam Gaudette. NU was also 1-of-6 on the man advantage while the penalty killing unit held AIC to an 0-of-2 showing.
FIRST GOAL (1-0 Northeastern) - Nolan Stevens - SECOND PERIOD - 1:06 (PP)
The Huskies drew first blood early in the second period on Stevens' 10th goal of the season. Northeastern, which began the period on the man advantage, worked the puck around the attacking zone as Brandon Hawkins fed the puck down to Adam Gaudette for a one-timer at the left dot. Gaudette's shot caught the left post, then knocked off the leg of Stevens and past Durante for the 1-0 lead.
SECOND GOAL (Tied, 1-1) - Brennan Kapcheck - SECOND PERIOD - 14:27
AIC leveled the score at one with less than five minutes to play in the second period on Kapcheck's fifth of the season. As the Yellow Jackets transitioned into the attacking zone, Kapcheck dropped a pass for Joel Kocur along the right side. Kocur's shot from the dot then kicked off the shoulder of Kapcheck and through Primeau for the score.
THIRD GOAL (2-1 Northeastern) - Zach Solow - THIRD PERIOD - 7:17
Northeastern retook the lead with 12:43 to play in regulation on Solow's fourth of the season. After Hawkins picked up the puck in the neutral zone, he wired a pass across to Solow entering the attacking end. Solow did the rest speeding down the right side before cutting towards the cage and wristing one past Durante.
FOURTH GOAL (3-1 Northeastern) - Matt Filipe - THIRD PERIOD - 19:45
Northeastern put the game on ice with 14.8 seconds remaining in regulation when Filipe potted his fourth goal of the season. With Durante pulled in favor of the extra attacker for AIC, Filipe came up with a big shot block earlier in the shift before corralling a loose puck in the defensive zone and tossing it 150 feet into the open net.
Stats of the game
- Northeastern held its opponent to two goals or fewer for the fifth straight game
- The Huskies scored their 24th power play goal of the season on Saturday, the second most in the nation.
- Hawkins recorded his first point of the season with his second period assist. It's his first point since Mar. 13, 2016 after transferring from Bowling Green.
- Collin Murphy made his collegiate debut on Saturday after joining the team this week from Muskegon (USHL).
The road ahead
- Northeastern will be back in action next weekend as the Huskies battle Bentley in a home-and-home set, beginning on Friday night at Ryan Arena.