BOSTON, Mass. - Cayden Primeau stopped 23-of-24 shots and the No. 14 Northeastern men's hockey team (19-9-1, 11-7-1) won 29-of-48 faceoffs and blocked 12 shots to earn a 2-1 victory over Vermont (12-16-2, 5-13-1) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
The win gives the Huskies 19 victories on the season, tied for the eighth most in NU single-season history. It's also the 11thHockey East win of the year, giving Northeastern at least 11 conference victories in consecutive seasons for the first time in a decade.
Captain Eric Williams reached a milestone of his own, playing in his 146thconsecutive game to break the program record previously held by Roger Holeczy and Jason Guerriero. Williams has yet to miss a game at Northeastern, and is four away from breaking the career games played total held by Wade MacLeod (149).
The Huskies bolted out to an early lead less than a minute into the game as Jeremy Davies flung a puck up to Lincoln Griffin exiting the defensive zone, sending Griffin and Liam Pecararo on the attack. Griffin and Pecararo played catch with the puck, ending with Griffin banging home his second of the weekend past UVM goaltender Stefanos Lekkas (24 saves) for the score.
Matt Filipe put the hosts up by two less than three minutes into the second period when he redirected a Julian Kislin shot through Lekkas for his sixth of the year and fourth point of the weekend.
Vermont would cut it to one with a power play strike from Joey Cipollone less than a minute into the third period, but that's as close as the Catamounts would come as Primeau and the Northeastern defense slammed the door to preserve the lead.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when Northeastern travels to New Hampshire for a two-game set, beginning on Friday night at the Whittemore Center.