Northeastern Edges Massachusetts, 3-2, in Quarterfinal Opener
Senior forward Dylan Sikura posts two goals for Huskies

Senior forward Dylan Sikura scored two goals for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 8:51  NOE1-0 PP Nolan Stevens (22)Jeremy Davies/25, Zach Solow/19
2nd 12:51  NOE2-0 PP Dylan Sikura (18)Jeremy Davies/26, Zach Solow/20
2nd 13:13  UMA1-2 EV Austin Albrecht (6)Niko Rufo/10, Philip Lagunov/8
3rd 2:42  UMA2-2 EV Brett Boeing (2)Mario Ferraro/19, Mitchell Chaffee/11
3rd 13:48  NOE3-2 EV GW Dylan Sikura (19)Adam Gaudette/28, Patrick Schule/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Massachusetts  0112
Northeastern  0213
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Massachusetts  7111331
Northeastern  915731
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Massachusetts (17-19-2)  0/1 2/15 0
Northeastern (22-8-5)  2/3 1/2 0
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Wischow (L, 8-7-0)58:163 913628
Empty Net1:440     
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cayden Primeau (W, 18-6-5)60:002 7101229

BOSTON, Mass. - Dylan Sikura scored his second of the game with 6:12 remaining in regulation and the No. 7 Northeastern men's hockey team (22-8-5) blocked a season-high 29 shots en route to a victory in Game One of the Hockey East quarterfinals against Massachusetts (17-19-2) on Friday night at Matthews Arena, 3-2.

The win, Northeastern's sixth in a row, gives the Huskies 22 victories on the season, tied for the third most in program history, and ties the school record for home wins in a season (13), set in 1985-86.

Northeastern jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of second period power play goals before UMass clawed back to knot the contest at two early in the third period. The Minutemen peppered Cayden Primeau (29 saves) with 13 shots in the final 20 minutes, but it was Northeastern that pulled ahead for good when Sikura rifled home a one-timer from the slot off a feed from Adam Gaudette.

After the teams played a scoreless first period, the Huskies were awarded a five-minute power play after Jake Gaudet was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for contact to the head. That's where the Huskies struck twice with a pair of goals during the man advantage, the first coming from Stevens less than a minute into the power play on a deflection in front off a Jeremy Davies shot from the point past UMass goaltender Ryan Wischow (28 saves).

Northeastern then potted another to take a two-goal lead with 7:09 to play in the second when Sikura rocketed a one-timer at the right dot off another Davies feed for his 18th of the year and NCAA leading 13th power play tally.

Massachusetts responded, though, just 22 seconds after the Sikura goal when Austin Albrecht took a feed from Niko Rufo and snapped a shot over the shoulder of Primeau for his sixth of the year to make it 2-1.

The Minutemen tied it up less than three minutes into the third period on Brett Boeing's second of the year, beating Primeau five-hole to level the game at two, but it was Sikura who sent the Husky fans home happy with his 18th of the year with 6:12 to play on a one-time bullet from Gaudette.