BURLINGTON, Vt. - The eleventh-ranked Northeastern Huskies scored three power play goals as they spoiled Vermont's home opener with a 4-1 win Saturday night in Hockey East action from Gutterson Fieldhouse. With the win Northeastern improved to 3-1-1 on the season while Vermont fell to 0-3-0.
"We are still struggling to find offense and to play in the offensive zone but we believe that our process right now is the most important thing for the development of this team," said Head Coach Todd Woodcroft. "We defended well with only one five-on-five goal against but we have to find ways to score without the man advantage. Like any organization or team that has yet to find its rhythm, we need to depend on our foundation, our process and go to it when things are not seemingly going our way."
"There were many positives for us, our third period, for the third game in a row, was very good," continued Woodcroft. "Our goaltending was very good. New player Tristan Mullin, even though he hasn't played a game all season and has only had a few practices with the team was good too. So, we will continue to build and build and build and remain positive, knowing that our process is something we have faith in."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Huskies opened the scoring on their first power play of the night 9:51 into the first period. From the point Dylan Jackson fired a pass down low and Northeastern's Riley Hughes redirected the puck through traffic and just past Vermont's Tyler Harmon for his third goal of the season.
- Just 2:23 later the Huskies doubled their advantage with Ty Jackson's third goal of the season. In transition Jackson received a feed from Gunnarwolfe Fontaine and deked around Harmon before tapping it home.
- In the second period the Northeastern power play continued to click. Fontaine scored two goals with the man advantage to push the Huskies lead to four. His first career goal came 2:26 into the middle frame and his second goal at the 9:11 mark spelled an early end to the night for Harmon (13 saves).
- First-Year goaltender Gabe Carriere came in for the Catamounts and held Northeastern off the board in the second half of the game, making 23 saves.
- The Catamounts power play struck 6:32 into the third period. In his first appearance in the green and gold graduate transfer Tristan Mullin fired home a one-timer off a feed from Conner Hutchison for his 50th career point. Hutchison and fellow first-year Ray Vitolins earned their first career collegiate points with assists on the play.
- Northeastern goaltender Connor Murphy made seven saves following the Vermont tally to seal his third win of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Gabe Carriere is the first freshman to tend the Vermont net since Tyler Harmon made 11 saves in relief on January 5, 2018 at UMass Lowell.
- Senior defenseman Owen Grant blocked a team-high two shots.
- After tonight Northeastern has scored nine power play goals this season, they are 9-for-27 good for 33.3% tied for second-best in the NCAA.
- With one goal tonight, you receive 10% off orders tonight and tomorrow at all Domino's in Burlington, South Burlington, Essex, and Williston when you call and mention the score or use the promo code 'CATS' online. Offer is valid tonight and tomorrow.
- With tonight's score of 4-1, Community Bank, N.A. will be adding a donation of $75 to Special Olympics Vermont. That brings this year's total to $450. Cheer on our Catamounts as they go for the win while creating a special bond with community members! Thank you Community Bank, N.A. for your support of our UVM and Special Olympics athletes!
The Catamounts are back at it tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as they host No. 11 Northeastern in game two of the series. Fans can watch live for free on CBS CollegeSportsLive or listen to the contest on WVMT AM 620/96.3 FM with Michael Lehr on the call.