WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore goaltender Devon Levi recorded his second career shutout and junior forward Aidan McDonough, freshman forward Jack Hughes and freshman forward Matt Choupani each recorded goals to lead No. 18 Northeastern men's hockey (2-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) to a 3-0 victory over Holy Cross (0-1-0, 0-0-0 AHA) Friday night at the DCU Center in the first game of the Ice Breaker Tournament.
With Levi's shutout, he is the first goaltender in Northeastern history to start a career with two straight shutouts. The last Husky shot-stopper to have two consecutive shutouts in back-to-back Northeastern games was Keni Gibson in 2003, when he shut out Vermont (12/6) and Princeton (12/13).
McDonough's goal was his team-best third of the season and his 50th point of his career. He was assisted by Ty Jackson (3) at 14:17 in the second period.
A pair of freshmen earned their first career goals, as both Matt Choupani and Jack Hughes found the back of the net.
Choupani got his first thanks to assists from Tommy Miller (1) and Devon Levi (1) at 18:09 in the second and Hughes finished passes from Miller (2) and Gunnarwolfe Fontaine (2)
Levi made 20 saves in the 60-minute effort.
The Huskies outshot Holy Cross 24-20 and won the faceoff battle by a narrow margin, 30-27.
This is the first time the Huskies have started a season with back-to-back shutouts and the first time in Northeastern history a head coach started their career with two shutouts.
Also, this is the first time the Huskies have back-to-back shutouts since 2018.
The Ice Breaker Tournament continues Saturday, October 9 as the Huskies take on No. 9 Quinnipiac at 4:30 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass on NESN+.