|1st||0:16||NOE||1-0||EV||Nolan Stevens (5)||Zach Aston-Reese/26, John Stevens/16|
|1st||10:58||NOE||2-0||EV||Dylan Sikura (18)||Sam Kurker/2, Ryan Shea/8|
|1st||16:43||NOE||3-0||PP GW||Adam Gaudette (20)||John Stevens/17, Zach Aston-Reese/27|
|1st||17:05||NOE||4-0||EV||Nolan Stevens (6)||Brendan Collier/7, Eric Williams/11|
|1st||18:40||UMA||1-4||EV||Jake McLaughlin (2)||Dominic Trento/8, Niko Hildenbrand/4|
|2nd||2:49||UMA||2-4||EV||Griff Jeszka (7)||Joseph Widmar/2, Shane Bear/6|
|2nd||5:43||NOE||5-2||SH||Zach Aston-Reese (23)||-|
|2nd||19:01.5||NOE||6-2||PP||Zach Aston-Reese (24)||Dylan Sikura/30, John Stevens/18|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ryan Wischow (L, 4-16-2)||17:05||4||8||0||0||8|
|Ryan Ruck (W, 12-11-4)||59:03||2||8||7||10||25|
BOSTON, Mass. - The line of Zach Aston-Reese (two goals, two assists), John Stevens (three assists) and Nolan Stevens (two goals) combined for nine points in their first game together in more than three months, leading the Northeastern men's hockey team (12-12-5, 6-9-3) to a 6-2 victory against Massachusetts (5-22-2, 2-14-1) on Friday night at Matthews Arena.
It was a night of individual milestones for the Huskies, led by the play of Aston-Reese who became the first Husky since 1989-90 to record 50 points in a season. The Staten Island, N.Y. native also tied the school record for most shorthanded goals in a season with four. In addition, Dylan Sikura became the first Husky since 2004-05 to log 30 assists in a single-season, while Adam Gaudette potted his 20th goal of the year to give NU a pair of 20-goal scorers (Aston-Reese) for the first time since 2001-02.
Northeastern was in control of the game from start to finish, and sprinted out to a 4-0 first period lead on goals from Nolan Stevens, Sikura, Gaudette and Stevens again before Jake McLaughlin cut it to 4-1 with 1:20 to play in the period. After Griff Jeszka made it 4-2 less than three minutes into the second period, Aston-Reese went to work by potting a shorthanded goal and a power play goal to bring the NU lead back up to four through 40 minutes.
Ryan Ruck made 25 saves in goal for the Huskies while Ryan Wischow had eight stops before being replaced by Alex Wakaluk (23 saves). The NU power play was successful yet again, converting on two of its four opportunities while UMass was 0-of-1 on the man advantage.
- Northeastern bolted out to a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game on Nolan Stevens' fifth goal of the season. After Nolan battled along the wall, John Stevens caused a turnover in the right faceoff dot before finding Aston-Reese alone on the doorstep. John then slid the puck down to Aston-Reese, who quickly fired it across to Nolan for the tap in past Wischow.
- The Huskies took a two-goal lead with 9:02 remaining in the first period on Sikura's 18th of the year. With UMass pressuring in the attacking zone, Sam Kurker sent a loose puck out of danger and up the wall to Sikura exiting the zone. Sikura went in two-on-one with Adam Gaudette before ripping a slap shot from the right dot beating Wischow short side for the score.
- A Northeastern power play conversion made it 3-0 Huskies with 3:17 to go in the opening frame on Gaudette's 20th of the year. With Northeastern moving the puck around the attacking zone, Aston-Reese it down to Gaudette the left corner. Gaudette then found John Stevens just inside the right point before Stevens quickly sent a return pass down to Gaudette for a one-timer past Wischow.
- NU took a four-goal lead just 22 seconds after the Gaudette tally with Nolan Stevens' second of the evening. Eric Williams started the play in the defensive zone by winning a puck battle and chipping the puck up to Brendan Collier at center ice. Collier then tossed it to Stevens entering the UMass zone before Stevens threaded a low shot under the pad of Wischow, prompting a UMass goaltending change.
- Massachusetts got one back with 1:20 to play in the period on McLaughlin's second of the year when he sent a one-timer off a pass from Dominic Trento along the blue line that got through traffic and past Ruck.
- UMass brought it to within two less than three minutes into the second period on Jeszka's seventh of the year, cleaning up the mess in front of the NU cage. After Shane Bear fired a one-timer from the point that Ruck got a piece of off a deflection from Joseph Widmar, Jeszka was waiting on the doorstep for the rebound, and pounded it home in the crease to make it 4-2.
- Aston-Reese brought the Northeastern lead back to three goals on a great individual effort with the Huskies shorthanded. After tossing a shot on goal that Wakaluk stopped, Aston-Reese picked the pocket of a UMass defenseman before stickhandling through another and sending a soft shot that redirected off the stick of a Minuteman and in to tie the school record for shorthanded goals in a season.
- Aston-Reese struck again with less than a minute to play in the period, this time on the power play. After Sikura chased down a loose puck following an initial shot from Aston-Reese, he found the senior left all alone in the slot. Aston-Reese corralled the puck, turned and sniped a wrist shot bar down for his second of the night.
- Northeastern is now 49-27-10 all-time against Northeastern, picking up its second Hockey East sweep of the season and extending its winning streak against the Minutemen to six games, the longest such streak since 1996.
- Aston-Reese became the first Husky to record 50 points in a season since Harry Mews in 1989-90.
- Aston-Reese also tied the school record for most shorthanded goals in a season with four. Bryan Esner (2006-07) and Randy Bucyk (1982-83) also accomplished the feat.
- Gaudette's first period goal gave Northeastern its second 20-goal scorer of the season. The last time the Huskies had two players with at least 20 goals was during the 2001-02 season when Chris Lynch (20) and Mike Ryan (24) accomplished the feat.
- Sikura became the 25th player in team history, and first since Jason Guerriero in 2004-05, to record 30 assists in a season.
- Aston-Reese moved into a tie for 27th on NU's all-time goals list (59) and into a tie for 21st on Northeastern's all-time assists list (77), and extended his point streak to four games (seven assists).
- The following Huskies extended point streaks on Friday night: Aston Reese (four games, 2-8-10), Gaudette (eight games, 10-4-14) J. Stevens (three games, 0-5-5), N. Stevens (four games, 4-2-6)
- The Northeastern power play unit converted for the 18th straight game, and now has 45 goals on the man advantage this season, the most in the nation.
The road ahead:
- Northeastern will be back in action on Monday night when they battle No. 7/7 Boston College in the consolation game of the Beanpot at 4:30 p.m. from TD Garden.