|1st||10:04||NOE||1-0||SH||Adam Gaudette (14)||-|
|1st||14:42||NOE||2-0||PP GW||Nolan Stevens (11)||Dylan Sikura/15, Adam Gaudette/14|
|2nd||7:04||NOE||3-0||PP||Nolan Stevens (12)||Jeremy Davies/15, Adam Gaudette/15|
|2nd||13:53||BEN||1-3||PP||Drew Callin (5)||Luke Santerno/12, Tanner Jago/11|
|3rd||2:21||NOE||4-1||EV||Brandon Hawkins (1)||Grant Jozefek/6, Trevor Owens/4|
|3rd||5:06||NOE||5-1||EV||Brandon Hawkins (2)||Ryan Shea/10, Biagio Lerario/3|
|3rd||13:30||NOE||6-1||EV||Adam Gaudette (15)||Dylan Sikura/16, Nolan Stevens/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Aidan Pelino (L, 6-4-1)||60:00||6||7||14||11||32|
|Cayden Primeau (W, 8-3-3)||55:47||1||2||6||4||12|
BOSTON, Mass. - Adam Gaudette, Brandon Hawkins and Nolan Stevens had two goals apiece and nine different Huskies got on the scoresheet as the No. 9 Northeastern men's hockey team (12-5-3) skated past Bentley (7-8-4) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
The victory marks just the eighth time in team history that the Huskies have recorded at least 12 wins through their first 20 games, and first time since 2008-09. It also extends Northeastern's unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2), tied for the eighth longest unbeaten streak in team history.
Gaudette led the way for the Huskies with four points (two goals, two assists), tying a career-high and extended his point streak to a season-long six games (seven goals, five assists) to reach the 30-point plateau for the third straight season. He opened the scoring midway through the first period with his second shorthanded tally of the season before captain Nolan Stevens potted a pair of power play strikes to give the hosts a commanding 3-0 lead early in the second period.
Bentley cut into the deficit with a power play goal from Drew Callin with 6:07 to go in the middle frame, but the third period was all Northeastern as the Huskies found the back of the net three times. Brandon Hawkins got his first as a Husky two minutes into the stanza before adding another three minutes later. Gaudette then buried his second of the game with 6:30 to play to bookend the scoring.
Cayden Primeau got the start in goal for Northeastern, making 12 saves before giving way to senior Jake Theut late in the third period. Aiden Pelino made 32 saves for the Falcons, who were outshot 38-14 in the game.
NU was 2-of-6 on the man advantage while Bentley went 1-of-2 and won 28-of-54 face-offs.
FIRST GOAL (1-0 Northeastern) - FIRST PERIOD - Adam Gaudette - 10:04 (SH)
Gaudette put the Huskies on top midway through the first period with his team leading 14th goal of the season with the Huskies shorthanded. As the Falcons tried to setup on the man advantage, a forward wired the puck around the boards trying to find a defenseman. Gaudette, though, poked the puck past the blueliner and went in alone on Pelino. Pelino stopped the initial bid, but Gaudette quickly pounded home the rebound for the 1-0 lead.
SECOND GOAL (2-0 Northeastern) - FIRST PERIOD - Nolan Stevens - 14:42 (PP)
Northeastern extended the lead to two with 5:18 to play in the period, this time on the power play. With Bentley in the box for cross checking, all five Huskies touched the puck in the attacking zone before Gaudette fired the puck across the zone to Dylan Sikura, who found Stevens in front for the tap in past Pelino.
THIRD GOAL (3-0 Northeastern) - SECOND PERIOD - Nolan Stevens - 7:04 (PP)
Stevens struck again on the power play with 12:56 left in the second period as Northeastern continued to move the puck with ease. Gaudette once again began the play with the puck along the half wall before finding Davies at the point. Davies then ripped a low one-timer that Stevens got a stick on to redirect home for his second of the night.
FOURTH GOAL (3-1 Northeastern) - SECOND PERIOD - Drew Callin - 13:53 (PP)
Bentley cut into the deficit with a power play tally of their own, coming from Drew Callin. With Northeastern in the box for a slash, Callin took a feed from Luke Santerno below the left faceoff dot and sniped a shot bardown for his fifth of the season to make it 3-1.
FIFTH GOAL (4-1 Northeastern) - THIRD PERIOD - Brandon Hawkins - 2:21
Brandon Hawkins brought the Northeastern lead back up to three early in the third period with his first goal as a Husky, cleaning up the mess in front after Grant Jozefek sent a Trevor Owens shot out in front to a waiting Hawkins atop the crease.
SIXTH GOAL (5-1 Northeastern) - THIRD PERIOD - Brandon Hawkins - 5:06
Hawkins found the back of the net again three minutes later with his second of the night. After Biagio Lerario won a face-off back to Ryan Shea at the point, Shea hit Hawkins with a pass at the point. That's where Hawkins unleashed a rocket that beat Pelino up high to make it 5-1.
SEVENTH GOAL (6-1 Northeastern) - THIRD PERIOD - Adam Gaudette - 13:30
Gaudette found the back of the net again with 6:30 left in regulation with his second of the game, taking an initial feed form Sikura and firing a shot on goal that Pelino got a piece of. But Gaudette pounced on his own rebound and snuck it home to extend the Husky lead to 6-1.
Stats of the game
- Saturday marked the eighth time in program history that Northeastern has reached at least 12 victories in its first 20 games.
- Northeastern is now unbeaten in seven straight games (5-0-2), tied for the eighth longest unbeaten streak in team history.
- The Huskies are 6-1-0 in their last seven home games, and 8-3-0 overall at Matthews, tied for the fourth most home victories in the NCAA.
- Gaudette extended his point streak to a season-long six games (seven goals, five assists), and moved into 38th place on Northeastern's all-time scoring list with 112 career points (53 goals, 59 assists). His 53 career goals are 31st all-time at Northeastern and are the second most among active NCAA skaters.
- Sikura moved into a tie for 28th on Northeastern's all-time scoring list with 118 points (46 goals, 72 assists). His 72 assists are good for 28th on Northeastern's all-time list and fourth among active NCAA skaters.
- Davies is on a career-long five-game point streak (one goal, five assists).
- Hawkins scored his first goal since Mar. 12, 2016 when he was a member of Bowling Green. Saturday was his fifth career two-goal game, and first since Jan. 22, 2016.
- Stevens' two power play goals moved him into a tie for the nation's lead with seven this season. He's five points away from becoming the 52nd player in team history to reach 100 career points.
- The Huskies are outscoring their opponents 24-8 in the first period this season, a +16 goal differential that leads the nation.
The road ahead
- The Huskies will resume Hockey East play next weekend when Northeastern welcomes Maine to Matthews Arena for a pair, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. Friday will be Skating Strides Night at Matthews Arena, and tickets are available by visiting tickets.GoNU.com.