Northeastern Holds Off Maine For 6-4 Win
Freshman forward Dylan Sikura scores two goals for Huskies

Freshman forward Dylan Sikura scored two goals for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:50  NOE1-0 PP Colton Saucerman (7)Matt Benning/21, Dalen Hedges/22
1st 2:42  NOE2-0 EV Brendan Collier (2)Trevor Owens/4, John Stevens/10
1st 10:41  NOE3-0 EV Dylan Sikura (2)John Stevens/11, Zach Aston-Reese/10
1st 16:26  NOE4-0 EV Zach Aston-Reese (10)Torin Snydeman/7, Garret Cockerill/7
2nd 7:36  MNE1-4 EV Connor Leen (7)Blaine Byron/12
2nd 18:44  NOE5-1 EV GW Mike Szmatula (12)Nolan Stevens/5
3rd 6:23  MNE2-5 EV Ben Hutton (7)Brian Morgan/7, Steven Swavely/14
3rd 6:59  NOE6-2 EV Dylan Sikura (3)John Stevens/12, Nolan Stevens/6
3rd 14:03  MNE3-6 EV CÚdric Lacroix (4)Mark Hamilton/5, Ben Hutton/11
3rd 18:37  MNE4-6 EV EA Brian Morgan (5)Connor Leen/6, CÚdric Lacroix/5
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  4116
Maine  0134
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  1012426
Maine  1071128
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (15-11-4)  1/3 5/10 0
Maine (12-18-3)  0/4 4/8 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Clay Witt (W, 10-6-2)60:004 106824
Maine Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Matt Morris16:264 6006
Sean Romeo (L, 6-11-1)41:062 011314
Empty Net2:280     

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team dropped a 6-4 decision to Northeastern on Friday night at Alfond Arena. Connor Leen (Chester, New York), Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario), Cedric Lacroix (Shefford, Quebec) and Brian Morgan (Windham, New Hampshire) each notched a goal and dished out an assist for the Black Bears.

Maine falls to 12-18-3 on the season and 7-10-2 in Hockey East play, while Northeastern improves to 15-11-4 overall, 10-7-2 in league play.

Northeastern struck first, scoring four first period goals. Just 1:50 into the first period, Matt Benning had a shot that was saved, but the rebound went right to Colton Saucerman stationed at the post and he fired the puck into the back of the net. Dalen Hedges also assisted on the goal. The Huskies added to their lead less than a minute later. Trevor Owens carried the puck up the ice before dishing to Brendan Collier alone, just outside the crease. Collier one-timed the puck past Maine goalie Matt Morris (Ridgewood, New Jersey).

Northeastern extended its lead to 3-0 at 10:41 of the first when John Stevens, who finished the game with three assists, found Dylan Sikura alone in the slot. He fired beat Morris for his second goal of the season.

Zach Aston-Reese made it a 4-0 Northeastern lead when he got a pass from Torin Snyderman and redirected the puck into the Maine net.

Maine got on the board at 7:36 of the second period when Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) stole the puck from a Northeastern defender behind the net and found Connor Leen alone in the slot. Leen fired the puck past NU netminder Clay Witt for his seventh goal of the Maine.

Northeastern regained the four-goal cushion when Nolan Stevens and Mike Szmatula teamed up on a give-and-go. Szmatula beat Maine goalie Sean Romeo (Cary, North Carolina), who had replaced Morris, for his 12th goal of the season.

Ben Hutton made it a 5-2 game when his slap shot from the slot beat Witt at 6:23. Morgan and Steven Swavely (Reading, Pennsylvania) each assisted on the goal by Hutton.

Sikura got his second of the night just 36 seconds later and the Huskies regained their four-goal advantage. John Stevens found Sikura alone in the slot in transition and he capitalized for his second goal of the game.

Maine made things interesting with a pair of goals in the final six minutes. Mark Hamilton (Winthrop, Massachusetts) had a shot that was blocked, but the rebound went right to Lacroix, on the post who fired it into the net.

Maine pulled Romeo in favor of an extra attacker. Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) had a shot from the blueline that tipped off the stick of Lacroix and then off the stick of Leen. Witt made the save, but the rebound went right to Morgan, who fired it into the back of the net.

Maine, however, was able to get no closer.

Maine finished with game with a 28-26 edge in shots on goal. The Black Bears were scoreless in four power play chances, while Northeastern converted one of its three opportunities.

Morris made six saves in 16:26 for the Black Bears, while surrendering four goals. Sean Romeo replaced Morris and made 14 saves in 41:06. He suffers the loss and falls to 6-11-1 on the season.

Witt made 24 saves and improves to 10-6-2.

The two teams conclude their two-game Hockey East series on Saturday, Feb. 21. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. Maine will honor seniors: Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine), Andrew Cerretani (Pelham, New Hampshire), Stu Higgins (Troy, Michigan) and Connor Leen (Chester, New York) both before and after the game.