HEDGES AND ROY LEAD NORTHEASTERN PAST MERRIMACK, 5-2
Sophomore forward Kevin Roy and freshman forward Dalen Hedges each score two goals for Huskies
NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Kevin Roy and freshman forward Dalen Hedges each scored two goals to lead Northeastern to Friday evening's 5-2 win against Merrimack College at Lawler Rink.
Down by a pair despite outshooting the Huskies by a 9-3 margin in the first 20 minutes, Scotti notched the only goal of the second period at 3:21 to bring the home side to within one, but Northeastern immediately answered with back-to-back strikes in the first six minutes of the third, including an extra-attacker goal from Kevin Roy and an even-strength strike from Dalen Hedges to put the visitors comfortably ahead.
Midway through the final frame, with the Warriors on the man advantage, Gould would skate in on Northeastern netminder Clay Witt and sent a backhand shot that bounced off the pads and right back to the junior's stick before burying his own rebound to make it 4-2, but three minutes later, Roy would skate in on a partial breakaway and score his second of the night to put the game away.
Northeastern found the back of the net on two of its three shots on goal in the first, opening up the scoring at 10:11 on a strike from rookie Mike Szmatula before Hedges buried the Huskies' second tally just over two minutes later, sending the visitors into the first intermission ahead 2-0 despite being outshot by six.
Merrimack continued to generate more scoring chances than the visitors in the second with a 10-7 advantage in shots and finally broke through on the man advantage, as Scotti buried his third marker of the season early in the period, with Gould and junior Clayton Jardine (Lacombe, Alberta) assisting on the power-play tally.
That would be it for either side through the rest of the second, and the Huskies used those missed Merrimack opportunities to their advantage, hopping out to a three-goal (4-1) lead on Roy's first of the game at 2:29 before Hedges potted his second at 5:58 to put the Huskies comfortably ahead.
Five minutes later, after Scotti won a faceoff draw to sophomore John Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden), Gould eventually wound up with the puck on the goal line and walked in on Witt; his initial chance was stopped but the rebound broke through at 11:35 to bring the Warriors within two. But with just over five minutes to play, Roy closed out the scoring by tucking a wrister from the top of the far circle through the shoulder pads of senior Sam Marotta (Bridgewater, Mass.) to pot the Huskies' fifth marker of the night.
Witt would finish with 29 saves on the evening, while Marotta turned aside 20 in a losing effort.