|1st||11:22||NOE||1-0||PP||Adam Gaudette (6)||Garret Cockerill/5, Kevin Roy/7|
|2nd||8:25||MER||1-1||EV||Brett Seney (6)||Mathieu Foget/4|
|2nd||11:44||NOE||2-1||EV GW||Nolan Stevens (10)||Zach Aston-Reese/16|
|3rd||2:56||NOE||3-1||PP||Dylan Sikura (8)||Garret Cockerill/6, Mike McMurtry/15|
|3rd||18:57||NOE||4-1||EV||Zach Aston-Reese (7)||Matt Benning/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Collin Delia (L, 6-10-5)||60:00||4||4||8||9||21|
|Ryan Ruck (W, 7-9-3)||59:42||1||3||8||4||15|
BOSTON - The Northeastern men's ice hockey team (9-12-4, 4-8-3) used goals from four different scorers and 15 stops from Ryan Ruck to skate to a weekend sweep of Merrimack (7-13-5, 2-7-5) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, 4-1.
The victory extends Northeastern's winning streak to six games, tied for the fifth longest streak in team history. It also moves the Huskies into seventh place in the Hockey East standings, one point out of sixth.
The Huskies never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on a goal from Adam Gaudette before Brett Seney tied things up in the second period. From there it was all Huskies, with Nolan Stevens, Dylan Sikura and Zach Aston-Reese all scoring for the hosts.
NU used a 2-of-6 performance on the power play to set the tone for the evening, with Gaudette and Sikura both potting goals on the man advantage. Northeastern outshot the Warriors 25-16 in the game, and was perfect on the penalty kill yet again, going 5-of-5. Collin Delia made 21 stops for Merrimack.
- During a penalty filled first period for the second straight game, the Huskies jumped out in front with a five-on-three power play tally off the stick of Adam Gaudette with 8:38 to play in the frame. With NU controlling the puck in the attacking zone, Kevin Roy hit Garret Cockerill with a pass up at the point. Cockerill's shot form the blue line was blocked behind the net, but Gaudette quickly scooped up the loose puck and buried it for his sixth goal of the year.
- Seney potted his second goal of the weekend to tie the game at one with 11:35 left in the second period when the Warriors capitalized on an NU turnover. After the Huskies tried to send the puck up to a defenseman in the attacking zone, Mathieu Tibbet pounced on the puck and headed the other way. Tibbet slowed to create an odd-man rush, then fed Seney at the left dot, and he roofed a shot over Ruck's glove for the score.
- Nolan Stevens put the hosts ahead just 3:19 after the Merrimack goal with his team-leading 10th goal of the season off a turnover. Stevens began the play himself by poke-checking the puck off a Warrior defenseman as he was exiting the zone. The puck found its way to Aston-Reese, who made a quick touch pass back to Stevens. Stevens then cut to the net and tucked it around Delia to make it 2-1.
- Sikura gave Northeastern a two-goal cushion with 17:04 left in regulation when he sniped his eighth goal of the year just six seconds into a Husky power play. Following a clean face-off win by Mike McMurtry back to Cockerill, Cockerill hit Sikura atop the left faceoff dot. Sikura then took a stride towards goal and rocketed a slap shot top shelf over the glove of Delia.
- Aston-Reese put the game out of reach with 1:03 left in regulation when he buried his seventh goal of the year. After Matt Benning picked off a clearing attempt by the Warriors, he tapped it down to Aston-Reese in the slot. Aston-Reese's initial shot was blocked, but he followed his own rebound and beat Delia shortside to make it 4-1.
Stats of the game:
- Northeastern is now 52-42-10 all-time against Merrimack.
- Northeastern extends its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1), tied for the second longest active winning streak in the nation and tied for the sixth longest in team history.
- The Huskies have won six straight games, which is tied for the fifth longest winning streak in program history.
- Gaudette extended his season-long point streak to seven games (three goals, nine assists) on Saturday night, while Roy has an assists in each of his last three games (dating back to Nov. 13 at Notre Dame).
- Aston-Reese's two-point night gives him 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his last 13 games.
- McMurtry also extended his point streak on Saturday to a career-long nine games. He has three goals and 11 assists in that span.
The road ahead:
Northeastern will be off next weekend to prepare for the 64th annual Beanpot on Monday, February 1 at TD Garden. The Huskies will take on No. 11/11 Boston University in the second semifinal at 8 p.m., and the game will be aired live on NESN, TSN and TSN3.