Late rally not enough as Northeastern falls to No. 13 Vermont

By: Josh Brown

BURLINGTON, Vt.- The Huskies scored two goals just 37 seconds apart midway through the third period, but it wasn’t enough as Stefanos Lekkas (20 saves) and No. 13 Vermont (14-6-2, 6-3-1) held on for a 4-3 victory over Northeastern (7-9-4, 1-7-2) on Saturday night.

For the second time in a week the Huskies gave up the games first goal, with Brian Bowen beating Northeastern goalie Ryan Ruck (20 saves) 7:33 into the first period. Northeastern would not take long to respond, with Garret Cockerill sniping a beautiful shot over the outstretched shoulder of Lekkas to tie the game at one.

Vermont seized control in the second period, as goals by Brendan Bradley and Corey Moriarty gave the Catamounts a 3-1 lead. They extended the margin to three when Trey Phillips found the back of the net just under eight minutes into the third period.

The Huskies would immediately come roaring back, though, as Patrick Schule netted his fourth of the year just 37 seconds later. Zach Aston-Reese followed suit, netting his 19th of the year on the power play, extending his point scoring streak to nine games, bringing the Huskies within one.

Despite a ferocious rally from that point forward, Lekkas stood strong in goal to preserve the win for Vermont. The Huskies will be back in action Thursday night when they travel to Durham for a 7 p.m. matchup with the University of New Hampshire. Josh Brown and Dan McLoone will have the call beginning at 6:45.

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