Northeastern Rallies Back To Tie RIT, 3-3
Senior forward Dylan Sikura has game-tying goal and assist for Huskies

Senior forward Dylan Sikura had a goal and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 0:50  RIT1-0 EV Myles Powell (1)Matt Abt/1
2nd 5:58  RIT2-0 EV Erik Brown (1)Mark Logan/1
2nd 13:48  RIT3-0 PP Erik Brown (2)Brady Norrish/1, Gabe Valenzuela/1
2nd 16:56  NOE1-3 EV Lincoln Griffin (2)Zach Solow/4, Ryan Shea/2
3rd 9:15  NOE2-3 EV Garret Cockerill (1)Adam Gaudette/5, Dylan Sikura/4
3rd 17:20  NOE3-3 PP GT Dylan Sikura (3)Garret Cockerill/4, Adam Gaudette/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Northeastern  01203
RIT  03003
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Northeastern  161216044
RIT  888327
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (2-0-1)  1/8 4/8 0
RIT (0-0-1)  1/4 8/16 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Cayden Primeau (T, 1-0-1)64:253 858324
Empty Net0:350      
RIT Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Logan Drackett (T, 0-0-1)65:003 161114041

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The No. 14 Northeastern men's hockey team (2-0-1), which outshot RIT 44-27 in the game, saw the Tigers (0-0-1) jump out to a 3-0 second period advantage before the Huskies stormed back with the game's final three goals to force a 3-3 draw before 8,835 at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first period, RIT struck twice in the first six minutes of the second period with goals from Myles Powell and Erik Brown before Brown added another late in the frame for the three-goal edge. The Huskies would get one back off the stick of Lincoln Griffin to send the team's into the dressing room at 3-1.

Northeastern continued to come hard in the third period, and cut the deficit to one midway through the final frame with a bullet from Garret Cockerill in the slot, and Dylan Sikura potted the equalizer with 2:40 to play on the power play to send the game into overtime.

Cayden Primeau was strong between the pipes for Northeastern, making 24 saves, while his counterpart Logan Drackett was tested throughout the evening, steering aside 41 Northeastern shots. The Huskies went 1-of-8 on the power play and generated 17 shots during the man advantage while RIT went 1-of-4.

Goals descriptions

RIT got on the board first just 50 seconds into the second period on Powell's first of the year. As the Tigers transitioned up ice into the attacking zone, Matt Abt fired a shot from the right side that was blocked by a Northeastern defender, but the puck popped right out to Powell in the slot, who snapped the second bid past Primeau short side.

The Tigers extended the advantage to two at the tail end of a NU power play less than six minutes into the game. Just as RIT finished killing off a tripping minor to Mark Logan, the Tigers sprung him on a breakaway out of the box. Primeau stood tall on the bid from Logan to make the big pad stop, but Brown crashed the net in search of the rebound and pounded it home for the score.

Brown found the back of the net again with 6:12 to play in the second period, this time on the power play. With the Huskies in the box for a trip, the Tigers won the ensuing faceoff back to Brady Norrish at the left point. Norrish then walked the blueline before ripping a shot that Brown got a stick on to beat Primeau on the redirect to make it 3-0.

Northeastern got one back with 3:04 remaining in the period on Griffin's second of the season just as a Husky power play had expired. The Huskies continued to move the puck around the attacking after Chris McKay was released from his interference minor, with Ryan Shea feeding the puck down to Zach Solow below the goal line. Solow then spotted Griffin alone in front, and threaded a quick pass up to him in the slot for the one timer over the right shoulder of Drackett.

NU brought the game back to one with 10:45 to play in the third period on Cockerill's first of the season. After Ryan Shea sent the puck up to Sikura entering the attacking zone, Sikura dished it across to Gaudette on the left side. Gaudette then sent a pass back up to Cockerill crossing the blue line, who sent a laser top shelf to make it 3-2.

After the Tigers were called for too many men on the ice with 4:36 left in regulation, Northeastern buried the equalizer off the stick of Sikura. The Huskies maintained puck possession in the RIT zone for a majority of the man advantage, and created chaos in front of the cage in the waning seconds of the power play. Gaudette's initial shot was blocked by a defenseman, sending the puck out to Cockerill at the point. Cockerill then fed Sikura, who was stationed in the right face-off dot, for the one-timer past Drackett for Sikura's third of the year.

The road ahead

Northeastern returns home next weekend to host No. 17 Quinnipiac for a pair of games at Matthews Arena, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. Friday will be Club Sports Night as the Huskies invite all Northeastern club sports to Matthews Arena to cheer on the Huskies and also enter to win the evening's grand prize: $1,000 apportioned to the winning club team's budget. The grand prize will be awarded to the club sport with the highest percentage of spirited fans in attendance.