Northeastern Comeback Comes Up Short In 4-3 Loss At Minnesota

Junior forward Sam Kurker scored a goal for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:59  MIN1-0 EV Hudson Fasching (2)Leon Bristedt/2, Michael Brodzinski/3
1st 3:22  MIN2-0 EV Michael Brodzinski (1)Connor Reilly/1, Justin Kloos/2
1st 3:39  MIN3-0 EV Leon Bristedt (1)Ryan Collins/1, Nick Seeler/1
1st 4:07  NOE1-3 EV John Stevens (3)Nolan Stevens/1, Kevin Roy/2
1st 18:38  MIN4-1 PP GW Hudson Fasching (3)Justin Kloos/3, Michael Brodzinski/4
2nd 2:04  NOE2-4 EV Sam Kurker (1)Jake Schechter/1, Mike McMurtry/1
2nd 12:52  NOE3-4 PP Eric Williams (1)Dylan Sikura/2, Adam Gaudette/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  1203
Minnesota  4004
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  613928
Minnesota  178732
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (1-4-0)  1/3 7/14 0
Minnesota (2-3-0)  1/5 4/8 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Ruck (L, 0-1-0)58:414 138728
Empty Net1:190     
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Eric Schierhorn (W, 2-3-0)60:003 511925

MINNEAPOLIS -- After seeing No. 19 Minnesota (2-3-0) pot four first period goals, the Northeastern men's ice hockey team (1-4-0) battled back to make it a one-goal game, but could not net the equalizer late in the third period as the Gophers completed the sweep on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena, 4-3.

The Huskies received goals from three different scorers, including Eric Williams' first collegiate tally, while Ryan Ruckmade 28 saves in his first collegiate start. Michael Brodzinski (one goals, two assists), Leon Bristedt (one goal, one assist), Hudson Fasching (two goals) and Justin Kloos (two assists) all logged multi-point games for Minnesota and received 25 stops from Eric Schierhorn.

The Gophers outshot NU 32-28 in the game and went 1-of-5 on the power play. Northeastern, meanwhile, was 1-of-3 on the man advantage.

Goal descriptions:

- Minnesota bolted out to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game when Hudson Fasching followed his own rebound, crashing the net off an initial shot to beat Ruck for his second of the season.

- The Gophers went up by two with 16:38 to go in the opening frame as Michael Brodzinski fired home his first of the year. After receiving a pass from Connor Reilly, Brodzinski sent a wrist shot towards goal from the right point that found its way through traffic and over the shoulder of Ruck.

- The hosts took a commanding three-goal edge just 17 seconds later on Leon Bristedt's first of the season, pouncing on a rebound off the stick of Ryan Collins and beating Ruck with a low shot, forcing Northeastern to use its timeout.

- Out of the timeout, the Huskies cut the deficit to two on John Stevens' third goal of the year. With Kevin Roycontrolling the puck, Roy fired a shot in on goal that Shierhorn got a piece of, but Stevens followed the shot and knocked in the loose puck in the crease to make it a 3-1 game with 15:53 to play in the first.

- With the Gophers on the power play late in the opening period, Minnesota regained its three-goal edge as Fasching netted his second of the game. As the Gophers controlled the puck in the NU zone, Fasching tried to send the puck across the crease, but it caught the skate of a Husky defenseman and got past Ruck for a 4-1 Minnesota lead.

- Northeastern began to claw its way back into the game early in the second period as Sam Kurker netted his first goal as a Husky just 2:04 into the frame. After NU escaped its own zone on an outlet pass from Mike McMurtry to Jake Schechter, Schechter sent an indirect pass off the boards up to Kurker, who then sped into the attacking zone to beat Schierhorn five-hole.

- The Husky power play went to work midway through the second frame, and cashed in with a goal from Eric Williamswith 7:08 to go in the stanza. Adam Gaudette began the play with a pass up to Dylan Sikura at the point. Sikura then fed Williams for a one-timer that deflected off a Gopher stick and past Schierhorn for Williams' first collegiate tally.

Stats of the game:

- Northeastern is now 6-8-0 all-time against Minnesota.

- Kevin Roy moved into a tie for 25th all-time at Northeastern in career assists (71).

- Ryan Ruck made his first collegiate start in goal on Saturday night.

- Vinni Lettieri was awarded a penalty shot with 1:19 to go in the second period, which was stopped by Ruck. It was the first penalty shot against the Huskies since Ross Mauermann (Providence) on Nov. 18, 2011. Northeastern goaltenders have stopped the last four penalty shots against, dating back to 2008.

- Adam Gaudette recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on the Williams' power play goal.

- Tanner Pond and Ryan Rosenthal both made their season debuts.

The road ahead:

Northeastern will kickoff conference play on Thursday night when the Huskies host Vermont at Matthews Arena at 7 p.m. in the frontend of a home-and-home set with the Catamounts. NU will then travel to Burlington, Vermont on Saturday for a 7 p.m. puck drop at Gutterson Fieldhouse.