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Sophomore forward Zach Solow scored at 4:21 of overtime for the Huskies
Solow Sends Northeastern Past Rensselaer, 3-2, At Catamount Cup
Sophomore forward Zach Solow scored at 4:21 of overtime for the Huskies

BOSTON - After watching RPI (4-12-0) tie the game at two with 56.6 seconds remaining in regulation, the No. 11/12 Northeastern men's hockey team (11-3-1) regrouped and controlled the play in overtime before Zach Solow redirected a shot from Jeremy Davies with 39 seconds left in the extra session to give the Huskies the 3-2 win on Friday night at the Catamount Cup at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

In the final minute of the game, Davies controlled the puck before patiently wheeling around the entirely of the attacking zone, eluding defenders along the way, and tossing a shot that Solow got a stick on for the game-winner.

The victory extends Northeastern's winning streak to seven games, currently the longest active streak in the nation and tied for the third longest in team history.

Solow finished with a goal and an assist, while senior Ryan Ruck steered aside 31 shots in his first start since Nov. 28, 2017, including 22 saves in the final two periods. He was also aided by 17 blocks by the Northeastern defensive corps, highlighted a game-high five from junior Ryan Shea.

The Engineers had the Huskies on their heels in the opening period, taking a 1-0 lead into the dressing room thanks to a one-timer from Patrick Polino 7:23 into the game. Out of the intermission, Northeastern came out and played to their identity to dictate the pace of the game. The Huskies leveled the score at one with seven minutes to play in the frame after Lincoln Griffin shoveled home a loose puck in the crease after a chance from Patrick Schule in front to make it 1-1 after 40 minutes.

The Huskies wasted no time in taking the lead in the third period as Solow pounced on a loose puck behind the RPI and dished it out to Liam Pecararo, who pounded it home for his fifth of the year.

RPI pulled netminder Linden Marshall (26 saves), and after Northeastern nearly buried an empty netter, the Engineers stormed down the ice before Will Reilly lofted a backhander over the shoulder of Ruck to force overtime. Northeastern, which outshot RPI 4-0 in the extra frame thanks in part to an early power play, then potted the game-winner with 39 ticks to play.

The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday afternoon to take on Alabama Huntsville in the Catamount Cup finale at 4 p.m.

Game Summary

Friday, December 28, 2018
Catamount Cup at Vermont

Game statistics
33 Shots 29
0 / 1 Power Plays 0 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 1 / 2
4-12-0 Records 11-3-1
Rensselaer Northeastern
Patrick Polino (5)
Lincoln Griffin (2)
Liam Pecararo (5)
Will Reilly (3)
3rd/19:03  EA
Zach Solow (10)
OT/4:21  GW
Rensselaer Northeastern
Linden Marshall
62:47, 26 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 3-8-0)

Empty Net
1:34, 0 GA
Ryan Ruck
64:21, 31 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 1-0-0)