Northeastern Falls to Quinnipiac in Overtime, 3-2

Junior goaltender Ryan Ruck made 43 saves for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 16:46  NOE1-0 PP Dylan Sikura (6)Garret Cockerill/5, Jeremy Davies/5
2nd 13:30  QUI1-1 EV Chase Priskie (1)Odeen Tufto/4, Landon Smith/2
2nd 15:34  NOE2-1 EV Grant Jozefek (4)Dylan Sikura/6, Ryan Shea/3
3rd 1:33  QUI2-2 EV Chase Priskie (2)Tanner MacMaster/4, Odeen Tufto/5
OT 4:22.3 QUI3-2 EV GW Alex Whelan (4)Kārlis Čukste/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Quinnipiac  01113
Northeastern  11002
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Quinnipiac  92110646
Northeastern  996226
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Quinnipiac (3-1-1)  0/2 5/10 0
Northeastern (2-2-1)  1/4 3/6 0
Quinnipiac Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Andrew Shortridge (W, 2-0-1)64:102 886224
Empty Net0:120      
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Ryan Ruck (L, 1-1-0)64:193 9209543
Empty Net0:030      

BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Ryan Ruck stopped a career-high 43 shots, but Alex Whelan scored with 37.8 seconds left in overtime to send No. 19 Quinnipiac (2-2-1) to a weekend sweep of the No. 16/14 Northeastern men's hockey team (2-2-1) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, 3-2.

Quinnipiac, which tossed six shots on goal in the extra frame, ended it in the final minute after a shot from Karlis Cukste was blocked by Adam Gaudette, but the loose puck landed on the stick of Whelan, who lifted it over Ruck for the game-winner.

The Bobcats fought back from a pair of one-goal deficits throughout the evening, and forced overtime thanks to a goal from Chase Priskie, his second of the night, early in the third period.

Dylan Sikura led the charge for the hosts with a goal and an assist, his fifth multi-point game of the season, while Grant Jozefek also scored for the Huskies. Jeremy Davies was strong on the backend, chipping in an assist and blocking a game-high six shots.

Quinnipiac flipped the script from a night ago by holding a wide edge in shots on goal at 46-26, while the Northeastern power play went 1-of-4 and the penalty killing unit holding the QU power play to an 0-of-2 showing.

Goal descriptions

- The Huskies struck first late in the first period on Sikura's third goal of the weekend, and sixth of the season. With Northeastern operating on a five-on-three power play, NU worked the puck around the attacking zone before Garret Cockerill whistled a low shot just wide. The rebound, though, kicked right off the end wall and on to the stick of Sikura at the right post, who tucked home the rebound for the score.

- Quinnipiac tied it up at one with 6:30 remaining in the second period on Priskie's first of the year. In the final seconds of a power play chance, Odeen Tufto took a feed from Landon Smith and ripped a shot from the right dot that Ruck knocked down, but the rebound landed right on the stick of Priskie at the opposite dot, and he hammered it home to make it 1-1.

- Northeastern fired right back to retake the lead with 4:26 left in the second period when Jozefek notched his fourth of the season. Ryan Shea began the play in the defensive zone with a big shot block in the slot that sprung Jozefek and Sikura the other way. Sikura controlled the puck through the neutral zone and skated down the left side before feeding Jozefek at the right dot for a wrister through Shortridge.

- The Bobcats brought the game back to even less than two minutes into the third period on Priskie's second of the night as Tanner MacMaster flew down the left side before saucering a pass over to Priskie at the right dot, who beat Ruck bar down to make it 2-2.

- Quinnipiac ended it in the final minute of the game when Cukste's shot from the left side was blocked by Gaudette, leaving the loose puck for Whelan, who lifted it over the shoulder of Ruck for the game-winner.

The road ahead

- home-and-home set with No. 19 UMass Lowell, beginning Friday night at the Tsongas Center.