|1st||3:47||NOE||1-0||PP GW||Dylan Sikura (1)||Adam Gaudette/3, Garret Cockerill/1|
|1st||9:31||NOE||2-0||EV||Dylan Sikura (2)||Adam Gaudette/4|
|1st||16:23||NOE||3-0||EV||Matt Filipe (3)||Garrett Cecere/1, Trevor Owens/2|
|1st||17:31||NOE||4-0||EV||Grant Jozefek (3)||Eric Williams/1|
|2nd||11:25||NOE||5-0||EV||Zach Solow (2)||Matt Filipe/1, Garret Cockerill/2|
|2nd||18:34||NOE||6-0||PP||Adam Gaudette (1)||Dylan Sikura/3, Garret Cockerill/3|
|3rd||1:20||NOE||7-0||EV||Zach Solow (3)||Matt Filipe/2, Grant Jozefek/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Sacred Heart (0-2-0)||0/4||12/46||0|
|Sacred Heart Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Nathan Perry (L, 0-1-0)||20:00||4||7||0||0||7|
|Cayden Primeau (W, 1-0-0)||59:34||0||7||8||3||18|
BOSTON, Mass. - No. 20/13 Northeastern men's hockey (2-0-0) used a four-goal first period and 18 saves from freshman Cayden Primeau in his collegiate debut to skate to a 7-0 victory against Sacred Heart (0-2-0) to earn a weekend sweep of the Pioneers on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
Dylan Sikura scored the games' opening two goals less than 10 minutes into the first period before Matt Filipe (one goal, two assists) and Grant Jozefek (one goal, one assist) gave the hosts the four-goal edge through 20 minutes of play. From there, freshman Zach Solow scored twice to increase his weekend point total to six and Adam Gaudette (one goal, two assists) added a power play goal, the 22nd of his career.
Primeau steered aside all 18 shots he saw, including 15 in the first two periods, to backstop Northeastern, while Nathan Perry had seven saves in the first period before giving way to Brett Magnus (21 saves) for the last two frames. The Huskies outshot the Pioneers 35-18 and was 2-of-7 on the power play. Sacred Heart, meanwhile, was 0-of-4 on the man advantage.
- Northeastern jumped out to an early lead on Sikura's first of the season with the Huskies on the power play. After NU regrouped in their own zone, Garret Cockerill hit Adam Gaudette with a pass entering the neutral zone. Gaudette then quickly found Sikura as center ice, and Sikura flew into the attacking zone before firing a shot off the right post and in for his first of the season.
- Sikura got right back to work during some four-on-four play midway through the first when he collected a loose puck in the defensive zone and went coast-to-coast down the right side and rifling a snap shot over the blocker of Perry for the 2-0 Northeastern lead.
- Filipe netted his third of the weekend with 3:37 left to play in the opening frame when he received a pass from Garrett Cecere in the neutral zone, took a few strides into the attacking zone and flung a wrist shot that beat Perry for the commanding 3-0 advantage.
- Not to be outdone, Jozefek quickly followed suit with his third of the series as the Huskies may Sacred Heart pay for a turnover. As Eric Williams closely played a Pioneer forward, the attempted shot ricocheted off Williams' stick and right to Jozefek, who transitioned up ice before ripping a shot that beat Perry short side.
- Solow extended the Northeastern lead to five with 8:35 left in the second period when Filipe took a feed from Cockerill, flew down the left side and behind the net before finding Solow crashing the cage for a low shot that got under the pad of Magnus for Solow's second of the weekend.
- The power play unit struck again with 1:26 left in the middle frame when Gaudette recorded his first of the season. As the Huskies moved the puck around the offensive zone, Cockerill's low shot was corralled by Sikura along the half wall. Sikura then threaded a pass across the seam to Gaudette at the left side for the one-timer over Magnus' right shoulder.
- Solow found the back of the net again just 1:20 into the third period with his second of the game. After his initial bid sailed over the cage, Jozefek tracked down the rebound and found Filipe in the slot. Filipe's shot was saved by Magnus, but Solow was there again to pound home the rebound as he fell to the ice to make it 7-0.
Stats of the game
- Northeastern moves to 2-0-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
- The Huskies' 14 goals this weekend are the most in the team's first two games of the season since the 2002-03 and 1994-95 campaigns.
- Saturday marked the first time that Northeastern has scored at least seven goals in consecutive games since Nov. 21 and Nov. 28, 1992
- Northeastern has now won six straight home games, dating back to last season, and is 7-1-0 at Matthews in the 2017 calendar year.
- NU is now 8-0-1 in its last nine games at home against non-conference opponents during the regular season.
- Filipe has goals in consecutive games for the third time in his career, while Jozefek tripled his 2016-17 goal total (one) with three goals this weekend.
- Bobby Hampton, Primeau and Brandon Schultz all made their collegiate debuts on Saturday.
The road ahead
Northeastern will head out on the road for the first time this season next weekend when the Huskies travel to RIT for a Saturday night matchup at Blue Cross Arena.