|2nd||15:03||MIC||1-0||EV||Cooper Marody (15)||Luke Martin/7, Tony Calderone/18|
|2nd||18:04||NOE||1-1||PP||Dylan Sikura (22)||Jeremy Davies/29, Nolan Stevens/18|
|3rd||5:45||MIC||2-1||EV||Dexter Dancs (11)||Cooper Marody/33|
|3rd||12:01||NOE||2-2||EV||Eric Williams (5)||Ryan Shea/16, Austin Goldstein/5|
|3rd||15:30||MIC||3-2||EV GW||Cooper Marody (16)||Tony Calderone/19, Dexter Dancs/14|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Cayden Primeau (L, 19-8-5)||58:54||3||12||13||4||29|
|Hayden Lavigne (W, 17-10-3)||60:00||2||11||1||7||19|
WORCESTER, Mass. - Despite digging its way out of two one-goal deficits, the No. 8/8 Northeastern men's hockey team (23-10-5) didn't have an answer for No. 10/10 Michigan's tally with 4:30 remaining in the game and lost, 3-2, in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at the DCU Center.
Senior Dylan Sikura netted his career-best 22nd goal at 18:04 of the second period and extended his national lead in power play goals with his 14th strike on the man advantage. Junior Eric Williams leveled the score at 2-2 at 12:01 of the third period on a lightning-quick wrister from the right boards.
Michigan's Cooper Marody scored twice for the Wolverines (21-14-3), including the game-winner at 15:30 of the third, to lead his team to a second-round matchup with Boston University on Sunday.
Seniors Sikura, Nolan Stevens, Garrett Cecere, Trevor Owens, Jake Theut and Patrick Jordan conclude their illustrious careers on Huntington Ave. as the winningest class in program history (79 wins). Sikura wraps up his time with the Huskies as the 14th highest scorer in program history with 146 points in 137 career games.
After playing 35 minutes of scoreless hockey in which Primeau and Lavigne matched each other with one highlight reel save after another, the Wolverines got on the board first with 4:57 left in the second period on Marody's 15th goal of the season. After Primeau denied Luke Martin on an initial shot from the left side, Marody scooped up the rebound, wheeled around the net and flung a shot from atop the circle inside the left post for the 1-0 Michigan lead.
The daunting Northeastern power play went to work with less than three minutes to play in the second period, and the Huskies leveled the score at one with 1:56 to go in the frame on Sikura's 22nd of the nation, and NCAA-leading 14th on the man advantage. After Michigan kept the Huskies at bay for the first minute of the power play, Northeastern gained entry into the attacking zone, where Nolan Stevens dropped a pass to Jeremy Davies at the point. Davies then spotted Sikura open at the right circle, and threaded a pass down to the senior for the one-timer past Lavigne. The goal was reviewed for a possible offsides, but stood as called.
Dancs put Michigan back on top less than six minutes into the third period with his 11th of the season as the Wolverines capitalized on a transition rush from the defensive zone, with Dancs jumping on a loose puck, flying down the ice and tossing a backhand on goal that got through Primeau for the 2-1 Wolverine lead.
Michigan nearly went up 3-1 when Josh Norris was left alone in front with Primeau looking behind the goal, but his shot went wide to the right, springing the Huskies the other way. That's where Northeastern knotted the game at one as Austin Goldstein worked the puck up to Trevor Owens at the point. Shea then slid it across the blue line to Williams at the right side, who ripped a shot through traffic and past Lavigne for his fifth of the year.
The Wolverines went ahead for good with 4:30 to go in regulation on Marody's second of the night when Tony Calderone went wide and fed Marody in the slot, who beat Primeau five-hole for the eventual game-winner.