|1st||5:07||BEN||1-0||EV||Brendan Hamblet (1)||Andrew McDonald/4|
|1st||19:04||NOE||1-1||EV||Biagio Lerario (1)||Grant Jozefek/5, Brandon Hawkins/3|
|2nd||13:01||NOE||2-1||EV||Adam Gaudette (13)||Dylan Sikura/14, Jeremy Davies/14|
|3rd||5:27||BEN||2-2||PP||Kyle Schmidt (7)||Tanner Jago/10, Charlie Marchand/8|
|3rd||11:42||NOE||3-2||EV||Dylan Sikura (10)||Garrett Cecere/5|
|3rd||12:05||BEN||3-3||EV GT||Jonathan Desbiens (7)||Luke Santerno/11, Kyle Schmidt/9|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Cayden Primeau (T, 7-3-3)||65:00||3||7||5||6||4||22|
|Aidan Pelino (T, 6-3-1)||65:00||3||9||7||12||5||33|
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Dylan Sikura had a goal and an assist and Cayden Primeau stopped 22 shots, but 33 saves at the other end from Aidan Pelino paved the way for Bentley (7-7-4) to battle back and tie No. 9 Northeastern (11-5-3) on Friday night at Ryan Arena, 3-3.
Northeastern led 2-1 through two periods by responding with goals from Biagio Lerario and Adam Gaudette after the Falcons struck first on a goal from Brendan Hamblet early in the first period. Kyle Schmidt tied the game at two 5:27 into the third period with a power play goal before Sikura put Northeastern back on top with 8:18 to go in regulation. Bentley, though, fought right back with a goal from Jonathan Desbiens just 23 seconds later to force overtime.
Pelino held his ground as the Huskies continued to attack in search of the game-winner, steering aside 17 shots in the third period and overtime, including five in the extra frame with the Huskies buzzing around the cage. Primeau did the same at the other end, including a game-saving blocker stop midway through overtime.
Northeastern outshot the Falcons 36-25 in the game, went 0-of-3 on the man advantage and won 37-of-67 face-offs. Bentley, meanwhile, was 1-of-4 on the man advantage.
FIRST GOAL (1-0 Bentley) - FIRST PERIOD - Brendan Hamblet - 5:07
The Falcons drew first blood five minutes into the first period on Hamblet's first collegiate tally. As the Huskies attempted to move the puck out of the defensive zone, Andrew McDonald caused a turnover along the half wall and dished to Hamblet atop the right dot. Hamblet then blasted a shot that beat Primeau top shelf for the score.
SECOND GOAL (Tied, 1-1) - FIRST PERIOD - Biagio Lerario - 19:03.1
Northeastern leveled the game at one in the final minute of the opening frame on Lerario's first of the year. Brandon Hawkins began the play by flying down the left side before being hit by a pair of Bentley defensemen. Grant Jozefek, trailing the play, then picked up the loose puck and tossed it in front to Lerario, who fired a shot five-hole past Pelino.
THIRD GOAL (2-1 Northeastern) - SECOND PERIOD - Adam Gaudette - 13:01
Northeastern took the lead with 6:59 to go in the second period on Gaudette's team-leading 13th goal of the year. After Jeremy Davies won a puck battle in the defensive zone, he tossed the puck up to Gaudette in transition. Gaudette then fed Dylan Sikura entering the attacking zone before Sikura returned the favor in the slot, where Gaudette rocketed a shot that beat Pelino under the glove.
FOURTH GOAL (Tied, 2-2) - THIRD PERIOD - Kyle Schmidt - 5:27 (PP)
The Falcons evened the game at two with 14:33 to go in regulation on Schmidt's eighth of the year. With Bentley operating on the power play, Matt Filipe came up with a big shot block in the defensive zone, but the Huskies couldn't get a stick on the loose puck, allowing Bentley to regroup. That's when Alexey Solovyev found Schmidt at the right side, whose shot hit a body on its way past Primeau to make it 2-2.
FIFTH GOAL (3-2 Northeastern) - THIRD PERIOD - Dylan Sikura - 11:42
Northeastern retook the lead with 8:18 to play in the third on Sikura's 10th of the season. As Bentley tried to move the puck out of the attacking zone, Sikura stole the puck and kept it in the zone before dishing to Cecere along the blue line. Sikura then circled back, received the return feed from Cecere and rifled a shot from the slot past Pelino to make it 3-2.
SIXTH GOAL (Tied, 3-3) - THIRD PERIOD - Jonathan Desbiens - 12:05
The NU lead was short lived, however, as Desbiens hammered home his eighth of the year just 23 seconds after the Sikura tally. The Falcons attacked three-on-two into the Husky zone as Luke Santerno took a pass from Schmidt before firing a shot on goal that Primeau stopped. The rebound, though, popped out in front where Desbiens buried it.
The road ahead
The Huskies and Falcons will meet in the series finale tomorrow night at Matthews Arena. Saturday is N.U.in and Youth Hockey Jersey night, and all kids who wear their youth hockey jersey will receive two free tickets to the game.