|1st||14:51||NOE||1-0||EV||Eric Williams (7)||Kevin Roy/12, Brendan Collier/10|
|1st||16:09||NOE||2-0||EV||Nolan Stevens (17)||Garret Cockerill/11, Zach Aston-Reese/26|
|1st||16:57||NOE||3-0||EV||Kevin Roy (7)||Sam Kurker/11|
|2nd||11:44||MNE||1-3||PP||Cam Brown (8)||Will Merchant/9, Blaine Byron/16|
|3rd||4:40||MNE||2-3||EV||CÚdric Lacroix (5)||Andrew Tegeler/11, Nolan Vesey/6|
|3rd||8:29||MNE||3-3||EV||Keith Muehlbauer (1)||Brendan Robbins/7, Daniel Perez/6|
|OT||13:45||NOE||4-3||EV GW||Kevin Roy (8)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Rob McGovern (L, 2-14-3)||73:42||4||7||5||7||7||26|
|Ryan Ruck (W, 16-10-4)||73:38||3||11||15||5||2||33|
BOSTON - In his final shot on goal at Matthews Arena, senior captain Kevin Roy buried an overtime game-winner to send the Northeastern men's ice hockey team (18-13-5) to a 4-3 victory against Maine (8-24-6) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
The goal came at the 13:45 mark of overtime as the Huskies forced a turnover, with the puck landing on Roy's stick in the slot. Roy would do the rest, ripping a snap shot from between the hashmarks past Black Bear netminder Rob McGovern (26 saves) to lift NU to a weekend sweep in the Hockey East First Round.
Roy finished with two goals and an assist on the evening as Northeastern reaches the Hockey East Quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons. NU will head to South Bend, Ind. for a best-of-three series with Notre Dame, beginning on Friday night at 7:35 p.m.
The Huskies would jump out to a 3-0 with three tallies in a span of 2:06 only to see Maine fight back to tie the game at three to send the teams to overtime for the second straight evening. Eric Williams and Nolan Stevens also scored for the Huskies, while Ryan Ruck made 33 stops in goal.
Maine, which outshot Northeastern 36-30 in the game, received goals from Cam Brown, Cedric Lacroix and Keith Muehlbauer and was 1-of-2 on the man advantage. The Huskies went 0-of-2 on the power play.
- Northeastern jumped out to a 1-0 lead 5:09 remaining in the first period on Williams' seventh goal of the year. After Kevin Roy flung the puck up to Williams off a face-off win from Brendan Collier, Williams quickly gathered the puck and rifled a shot through traffic and past McGovern for the score.
- The Huskies struck again less than two minutes later on Nolan Stevens' team-leading 17th goal of the season. Zach Aston-Reese began the play by winning a puck battle below the goal line and sending the puck up to Garret Cockerillat the blue line. Cockerill then sent a shot towards goal, where Stevens redirected it through McGovern for a 2-0 Huskies lead.
- Roy put the hosts up 3-0 just 48 seconds after the Stevens tally with his second of the weekend and seventh of the year, picking up a loose puck, speeding around the net and sending a wraparound under the right pad of McGovern for the score.
- Brown brought the Black Bears within two midway through the second period with his eighth goal of the year with Maine on the power play. Blaine Byron began the play by passing the puck across to Will Merchant entering the attacking zone. Merchant's initial shot from the right side was stopped by Ruck, but Brown crashed the net and banged home the rebound.
- Cedric Lacroix made it a 3-2 game less than five minutes into the third period on his fifth goal of the season when he took a feed from Andrew Tegeler and ripped a shot top shelf on a bid from below the right face-off dot.
- The Black Bears leveled the score at three with 11:31 remaining in regulation on Muehlbauer's first collegiate goal. Brendan Robbins started the play by digging the puck put of a scrum along the halfwall and sending it across the zone to Muehlbauer, who then fired a shot that knuckled and got through Ruck for the score.
- During an overtime period that saw NU outshot Maine 8-2, Roy ended it when the Huskies forced a turnover in the attacking zone, leading to the puck landing on the captain's stick. Roy quickly settled the puck and snapped a shot that beat McGovern shortside for the game-winner.
Stats of the game:
- Northeastern is now 44-56-19 all-time against Maine, and 3-6 all-time against the Black Bears in the postseason. It's the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Huskies have defeated Maine in four straight meetings, and the first time in team history that Northeastern has defeated the same team in four consecutive games.
- NU advances to the Hockey East Quarterfinals after earning its first Hockey East postseason sweep (best-of-three format) since 1994. This will be Northeastern's 23rd appearance in the Hockey East Quarterfinals.
- Saturday was NU's fourth straight playoff game to go to overtime, and was also the team's ninth straight one-goal game in the postseason dating back to 2011.
- The Huskies are unbeaten in 18 of their last 19 games (16-1-2), the best stretch in team history. Northeastern's nine-game winning streak is the second longest such streak in program history, and currently the nation's longest active streak.
- NU finishes the season 10-5-1 at Matthews Arena, the most home wins since 2008-09.
- Roy is now tied for 13th on Northeastern's all-time scoring list with 144 career points. He is also 20th in career goals (63), and has goals in three straight games, tied for a career-long.
- Ruck is 16-1-2 in his last 19 starts. His 16 victories are tied for fifth on Northeastern's single-season record list.
- Nolan Stevens extended his point streak to a career-long nine games (seven goals, 10 assists), while Aston-Reese has points in 18 of his last 23 games (10 goals, 19 assists).
The road ahead:
- Northeastern will travel to No. 3 Notre Dame for the Hockey East Quarterfinals next weekend at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The best-of-three series begins on Friday night at 7:35 p.m.