|2nd||0:24||NOE||1-0||EV GW||Zach Aston-Reese (9)||Nolan Stevens/12, Dustin Darou/2|
|2nd||5:40||NOE||2-0||EV||Kevin Roy (1)||Garret Cockerill/8|
|2nd||10:51||NOE||3-0||EV||Garret Cockerill (5)||Colton Saucerman/8, Dylan Sikura/10|
|3rd||12:09||NOE||4-0||EV||Colton Saucerman (2)||Garret Cockerill/9, Zach Aston-Reese/18|
|3rd||16:18||NOE||5-0||PP||Nolan Stevens (11)||Zach Aston-Reese/19, John Stevens/12|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ryan Ruck (W, 9-10-4)||59:51||0||5||6||5||16|
|Nic Renyard (L, 5-13-4)||60:00||5||6||7||9||22|
AMHURST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts hockey played level with Northeastern through the opening frame, but the Huskies managed three goals in the second period to skate past the Minutemen, 5-0 on Friday night at the Mullins Center. The loss leaves the Minutemen at 8-18-4 overall, 2-13-4 in Hockey East, while the Huskies improve to 11-13-5, 5-8-4 in league action.
Northeastern broke up the scoreless deadlock just 24 ticks into the second period. Nolan Stevens set up Zach Aston-Reese for the redirection at the doorstep on a 2-on-1 that put the Huskies on top, 1-0.
Then 5:40 into the frame, Kevin Roy tucked a shot inside the left post off a feed from Garret Cockerill just inside the blueline to bring the NU lead to 2-0.
Cockerill later added the Huskies' third of the period at 10:51 as his shot from the point found its way past netminder Nic Renyard. Colton Saucerman and Dylan Sikura added assists on the play, as well.
The Huskies scored their fourth of the evening 12:09 into the third period. After spending extended time in the UMass zone, Saucerman fired in a slap shot from the right point after receiving the puck from Cockerill and Stevens.
Northeastern then capped off the scoring with a tally from Stevens on the power play at 16:18.
Northeastern finished with a 27-16 shot advantage and went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Minutemen were 0-for-2. Renyard totaled 22 saves for UMass and Ryan Ruck made 16 stops en route to the shutout.
UMass and Northeastern will be back on the ice tomorrow night, Feb. 13, in Boston, Mass., for the second game of the season series between the squads, slated for 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena.