BOSTON - Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, the No. 18 Northeastern men's hockey team (4-2-0) stormed back with three unanswered goals to knock off the No. 2 team in the nation, 3-2, over St. Cloud State (5-1-0) in front of a raucous crowd of 3,835 at Matthews Arena.
The win marks the first time since Nov. 29, 2014 that the Huskies defeated an opponent ranked in the top three of the USCHO.com poll, and completed a two-win weekend that included the first Hockey East victory of the season on Friday night.
St. Cloud drew first blood with goals from Blake Lizotte early in the first period before Jack Ahcan extended it to 2-0 with 4:49 left in the second. From there it was all Northeastern as Eric Williams, Biagio Lerario and Grant Jozefek all found the back of the net, including the game-winner from Jozefek with 6:25 left in regulation. Cayden Primeau was immense in goal, making 25 stops, and was assisted by a big block from Lincoln Griffin the minute seconds. SCSU goaltender Jeff Smith made 29 saves.
Northeastern cut the deficit to one with 1:38 remaining in the second period on Williams' first of the season, batting down a SCSU dump-in bid in the neutral zone before transitioning with Bobby Hampton and firing a wrist shot off the glove of Smith and in to end St. Cloud's streak of 158:33 without allowing a goal.
The Huskies carried that momentum into the third period, and wasted no time in burying the equalizer as Lerario tucked home his first of the year after cycling in the attacking zone with Austin Plevy and Griffin.
It wasn't until late in regulation where Northeastern took its first lead of the night as Williams chipped the puck up to Jozefek in the neutral zone before Jozefek and Zach Solow played catch en route to the cage, where Jozefek ripped a shot through traffic past Smith for the score.