|1st||14:42||STL||1-0||EV||Matt Purmal (3)||Patrick Doherty/10, Chris Martin/5|
|2nd||6:03||NOE||1-1||PP||Kevin Roy (6)||Mike McMurtry/8, Matt Benning/8|
|2nd||15:26||NOE||2-1||PP||Dalen Hedges (4)||Mike Szmatula/6, Kevin Roy/12|
|2nd||18:48||STL||2-2||EV||Gunnar Hughes (6)||Gavin Bayreuther/5, Patrick Doherty/11|
|3rd||18:31||NOE||3-2||EV GW||Mike Szmatula (7)||-|
|3rd||19:17||NOE||4-2||EV EN||Kevin Roy (7)||Adam Reid/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Lawrence (8-9-2)||0/4||6/12||0|
|St. Lawrence Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kyle Hayton (L, 8-8-2)||59:04||3||7||5||4||16|
|Derick Roy (W, 1-5-1)||60:00||2||6||6||9||21|
BOSTON, Mass. - Kevin Roy recorded three points (two goals, one assist), and Mike Szmatula scored the eventual game-winner with 1:29 left in regulation to lift the Northeastern men's ice hockey team (6-10-2) to a 4-2 victory in a back and forth bout against St. Lawrence (8-9-2) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
With the score tied at two late in the third period, Szmatula stole the puck in the neural zone before burying a shot top shelf from the slot to put NU ahead for good. Derick Roy was strong in goal for the Huskies in his first start since Nov. 8, making 21 saves.
St. Lawrence, which received goals from Matt Purmal and Gunnar Hughes, outshot NU 23-20, while Kyle Hayton made 16 stops for the Saints. Northeastern went 2-of-5 on the power play and held the Saints to an 0-of-4 showing on the man advantage.
The first period saw back and forth action between the two squads, with shots level at seven apiece, but a St. Lawrence goal with less than six minutes to play in the period sent the Saints into the dressing room with the lead. Nolan Stevens was a bright spot for the Huskies during the opening 20 minutes, creating an offensive chance early in the frame with a burst of speed through the neutral zone before doing it again later in the period for a shot that Hayton just got a shoulder on.
At the other end, St. Lawrence nearly went up 1-0 nine minutes into the game when Christian Horn ripped a shot from the left side that caught the right post. The Saints, however, would strike with 5:18 left in the period when Matt Purmal took a feed from Patrick Doherty and snapped a shot from the slot that beat Roy five-hole.
NU take advantage of its power play opportunities in the second period, converting on two chances to take a 2-1 lead, but a late St. Lawrence goal knotted the score at two through 40 minutes. With Nolan Gluchowski in the box for interference, Roy buried his sixth goal of the season on a shot from the slot. After Matt Benning sent the puck down to Mike McMurtry along the right wall, McMurtry spotted Roy in the slot. Roy received the puck and turned to fire as he was getting tripped, beating Hayton low for the score.
Ten minutes later, Northeastern took its first lead of the weekend as Dalen Hedges netted his fourth of the season, also on the power play. Roy began the play with a pass across the Mike Szmatula at the right wall, who then hit Hedges with a pass between the hashmarks. Hedges then quickly settled the puck and sniped a shot over the left shoulder of Hayton.
The Saints struck back, however, with 1:12 to play in the period as Gunnar Hughes scored his sixth of the year when he hammered home a rebound off an initial shot from Gavin Bayreuther to make it 2-2.
The squads traded power play opportunities through the first 15 minutes of the third period, forcing the goaltenders to make several big stops. Roy kept the game 2-2 when he snared a shot from Gluchowski at the point through traffic early in the frame. Later in the period, he also stoned Joe Sullivan on a shot on the doorstep.
NU was awarded a power play with 6:41 to go in regulation, and the Huskies nearly cashed in again when Hedges' one-timer rang off the left post.
Northeastern would go ahead for good with 1:29 left in regulation when Szmatula stole the puck in the neutral zone, sped into the offensive zone and buried a shot over the left shoulder of Hayton for Szmatula's seventh of the season. With Hayton pulled in favor of the extra skater with 1:20 left in the game, but Roy would add an empty netter to ice the game.
Northeastern will return to action on Tuesday night when the Huskies host Yale at Matthews Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.