BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 13 Northeastern men's ice hockey team (8-3-1), trailing 3-2 after 40 minutes of play, used its third period magic once again by scoring twice in the final frame to top RIT (6-4-1) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, 4-3.
The win is Northeastern's fourth straight one-goal victory, and third come-from-behind victory in the last four outings. The Huskies are outscoring opponents 22-10 in the third period this season.
Down by a goal entering the final frame, the Howlin' Huskies tossed 14 shots on RIT netminder Logan Drackett (27 saves), tying the game at three midway through the period when Grant Jozefek redirected a Jeremy Davies shot on the doorstep following some fancy footwork by the junior defensemen for Jozefek's team-leading ninth of the season.
That set the table for Northeastern's highly touted rookies Tyler Madden and Jordan Harris. With the faceoff in the attacking zone, Madden won the puck back to Harris at the point. Harris calmly corralled the puck and tossed a low shot towards the cage, where Madden got a stick on it to fool Drackett and put the Huskies ahead for good with 5:29 left in regulation.
m there it was all Cayden Primeau, who made 28 saves overall and 16 in the third period alone, including several game-saving stops in the final moments of the contest.
The Huskies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the game thanks to goals from Zach Solow and Liam Pecararo just three minutes into the game to lead by two through the opening frame.
The second period, however, was all RIT as the Tigers struck three times in a span of six minutes on goals from Brody Valette, Adam Brubacher and Alden Dupuis to put Northeastern in a one-goal hole after two to set up the comeback.
Northeastern will be back in action next Friday night when the Huskies host Merrimack at Matthews Arena.