Aston-Reese Hat Trick Leads Northeastern Past Michigan State, 6-2
Senior forward Zach Aston-Reese posts hat trick and assist for Huskies

Senior forward Zach Aston-Reese had a hat trick and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:29  NOE1-0 EV Zach Aston-Reese (12)John Stevens/7
2nd 12:10  NOE2-0 PP Zach Aston-Reese (13)Adam Gaudette/13, Dylan Sikura/16
2nd 14:02  MSU1-2 PP Mason Appleton (6)Taro Hirose/6, Zach Osburn/5
2nd 16:04  MSU2-2 EV Patrick Khodorenko (3)Taro Hirose/7, Mason Appleton/8
2nd 16:14  NOE3-2 EV GW Brendan Collier (2)Matt Filipe/3, Garret Cockerill/10
3rd 6:02  NOE4-2 PP Adam Gaudette (9)Zach Aston-Reese/15, Garret Cockerill/11
3rd 11:46  NOE5-2 PP Zach Aston-Reese (14)Dylan Sikura/17, John Stevens/8
3rd 18:40  NOE6-2 EV Patrick Schule (2)Jeremy Davies/5, Eric Williams/5
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  1236
Michigan State  0202
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  87621
Michigan State  613726
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (6-7-4)  3/7 11/30 0
Michigan State (4-9-1)  1/7 10/28 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Ruck (W, 6-6-3)60:002 611724
Michigan State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ed Minney (L, 4-6-1)60:006 75315

EAST LANSING, Mich. - A hat trick from Zach Aston-Reese and a 3-of-7 night on the power play sent the Northeastern men's ice hockey team (6-7-4) into the holiday break on a high note on Sunday afternoon at Michigan State, 6-2.

The Huskies netted the game's first two goals, both off the stick of Aston-Reese before the Spartans fought back with goals from Mason Appleton and Patrick Knodorenko within two minutes of each other in the second period. From there it was all Northeastern as Brendan Collier answered with a goal of his own just 10 seconds after Michigan State tied the game before NU added three more in the final frame.

Aston-Reese recorded his second career hat trick, and had four points overall, to lead the change for NU. He finishes the first half of the season with a team-high 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and now ranks 33rd all-time in scoring at Northeastern with 114 points (49 goals, 65 assists).

Adam Gaudette and Patrick Schule also scored for Northeastern, which received points from 10 different skaters, while Ryan Ruck was solid in goal with 24 saves, his biggest coming on a two-on-zero on the first period with a post-to-post denial. MSU outshot the Huskies 26-21 in the game while NU held the Michigan State power play to an 0-of-6 showing. Ed Minney made 15 saves in goal for the Spartans.

Goal descriptions:

- Northeastern struck first just 3:29 into the game when Aston-Reese netted his team-leading 12th goal of the year. After John Stevens won an attacking zone face-off, Stevens shoveled the puck down to Aston-Reese below the goal line. Aston-Reese then controlled it behind the net before fooling Minney into thinking he was going left before quickly dashing to the right and tucking a shot past the MSU netminder for the early Northeastern lead.

- The Huskies extended their lead to two with 7:50 remaining in the second period. After Brennan Sanford was called for a hook, Dylan Sikura fed Gaudette with a pass entering the attacking zone. Gaudette then quickly zipped a pass across the zone to Aston-Reese at the left side, who ripped a shot top shelf for his second of the night.

- The Spartans cut the lead in half with 5:58 to go in the second on Appleton's sixth of the year. With MSU on the power play, Appleton took a pass from Taro Hirose at the right side. Appleton then fired a shot that found its way through traffic and Ruck to make it 2-1 NU.

- Michigan State leveled the score at two just two minutes after the Appleton tally when Hirose flew behind the cage and dished it into danger to Knodorenko who beat Ruck top shelf for his third of the year.

- Northeastern responded just 10 seconds later, though, and retook the lead on Collier's second of the season. Following a win on the ensuing faceoff, Garret Cockerill sent the puck to Filipe entering the zone. Filipe sped down the right side, beat a defenseman before tossing the puck in front to Collier for the one-timer past Minney.

- The third period was all Northeastern, which added three more tallies beginning with Gaudette's power play strike six minutes in. With NU controlling the puck in the attacking zone, Cockerill ripped a shot from the point that Minney saved. The puck popped out to Aston-Reese in front who knocked it across to Gaudette for the tap-in and Gaudette's ninth of the season.

- Aston-Reese completed the hat trick with 8:14 to play in regulation with Northeastern's third power play conversion of the evening. With Stevens controlling the puck at the point, he fired it down to Sikura on the goal line to the left of Minney. He then hit Aston-Reese with a pass, whose initial shot was saved, but Aston-Reese followed his own and tucked it home for the score.

- Schule closed out the scoring with the Huskies' sixth goal of the season with 1:20 left in the game. After Eric Williams worked to keep the puck in the zone with a Michigan State penalty expiring, he found Davies across the blue line. Davies then skated the puck down the zone and flung a backhand pass over to Schule at the left side for his second of the year.

Stats of the game:

- Northeastern is now 4-6-0 all-time against Michigan State and played its first game at Munn Arena since Oct. 15, 1983 on Sunday.

- The Huskies picked up their first road win of the season on Sunday, and has now won its last four games heading into the holiday break

- Aston-Reese moved into 33rd place Northeastern's all-time scoring list with 114 points (49 goals, 65 assists).

- Aston-Reese is riding a six-game point streak (eight goals, seven assists) while Sikura also extended his point streak to six games (six goals, eight assists).

The road ahead:

- The Huskies will have an 11-day layoff before returning to the ice on Dec. 30 when Northeastern hosts Clarkson at Matthews Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.