BOSTON - For the third time this season, the No. 15 Northeastern men's ice hockey team (5-3-1, 2-1-1) trailed entering the third period only to fight back and win the game, this time erasing a 2-1 deficit to score twice in the final 8:43, including the game-winner with 1:14 left, to come back and top Connecticut (4-4-1, 2-3-1) on Friday night at Matthews Arena, 3-2.
UConn lead by a goal through 40 minutes thanks to even strength goals from Roman Kinal and Max Kalter, while Jeremy Davies (one goal, one assist) scored the first goal for the hosts with a power play strike midway through the second period. Northeastern nearly tied the game when Lincoln Griffin was awarded a penalty shot in the middle stanza, but the senior winger rang a shot off the post.
The third period was all Northeastern, which outshot UConn 19-5 in the final frame and tied the game on a goal from Zach Solow with less than nine minutes to play on the man advantage. NU continued to pressure, and buried the go-ahead goal with 1:14 remaining when Brandon Hawkins redirected a pass from Tyler Madden in the slot to beat UConn netminder Adam Huska (36 saves).
Cayden Primeau was solid at the other end, stopping 22 shots as Northeastern outshot Connecticut 39-24 and won 39-of-67 face-offs, highlighted by a 12-of-17 and 10-of-11 performance from John Picking and Biagio Lerario, respectively.
The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday when Northeastern hosts UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on NESNplus.