Northeastern Extends Winning Streak to Six-Games, Defeats No. 18 UMass-Lowell, 3-2

 

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Consider Saturday’s affair against No. 18 University of Massachusetts Lowell a great way to cap off an interesting first few months of Hockey East action for Northeastern University, who defeated the River Hawks, 3-2 at the Matthews Arena.

“Well that’s a very good hockey club we just played,” said Northeastern University head coach Jim Madigan. “They’re well coached, they play fast, [and] they think fast.”

Northeastern, a squad that many pegged to finish toward the bottom of the conference, not only extended their current winning streak to six games on Saturday, but also evened their record at [7-7-2].

“It’s nice at the break to be at [.500],” said Madigan. “When you win six in a row, I guess you don’t want to stop, [but] I think it’s the right time. Our kids, they still have a lot left in the tank.”

Northeastern began the game winning the battle of shots on net, but UMass-Lowell sophomore goaltender Doug Carr’s first period shutout didn’t continue into the middle frame, as freshman Adam Reid broke the scoreless tie to give the Huskies their first lead of the contest, as well as some momentum too.

The River Hawks responded 10-minutes later, as freshman Scott Wilson registered his team’s first goal before the Huskies responded during the final 20-minutes with two strikes from sophomore Cody Ferriero and junior Steve Quailer.

“[Saturday] was a little sloppy, but at times we did our jobs offensively and defensively [and] things were going our way, and that’s how it seems to be going for us lately,” said Ferriero.

UMass-Lowell’s offense eventually responded with numerous goal crashes that didn’t translate into points. However, the team’s effort didn’t seem to bother head coach Norm Bazin, who knew his team had run out of gas and energy during the final few minutes of regulation.,

“When you just don’t have that extra jump, you’re certainly missing a little something to get to those second and third efforts that you normally have, so it didn’t surprise me that we weren’t executing as well as we have in the last five-six games, and some guys had very little left in the tank,” said Bazin.

The River Hawks eventually mustered one more goal before the final whistle sounded, as sophomore Derek Arnold netted his eighth score of the season before the Huskies grabbed control of the puck following the ensuing face-off to secure the win.

“I thought it was a hard fought game,” said Bazin. “I thought we gave what we had left, but certainly wasn’t enough [on Saturday].”

“The objective for us going into the game [on Saturday] was to play at a higher pace than them because we know that they play at a good pace, and they come at you,” said Madigan. “They’re a very good hockey club.”

Northeastern and UMass-Lowell will both enjoy the next few weeks off, but will return to the ice during the final days of December, as the Huskies will travel to Minnesota for the Mariucci Classic to face Princeton University, while the River Hawks will head to Connecticut to face RPI.

 

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