AUDIO: Fontaine Sends Northeastern to the National Championship

After two periods of Frozen Four action in Erie, Pennsylvania, the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs led the Northeastern Huskies 2–0. The Huskies were struggling to break through the Bulldogs’ fierce forecheck, and hadn’t generated a ton of great chances on net.

And then everything changed. Two Northeastern goals in the third period sent the game into overtime, where two-time Hockey East Defenseman of the Year Skylar Fontaine ended the night.

Jack Sinclair on play-by-play, Mike Puzzanghera on color:

Cover image by Sarah Olender

AUDIO: Shorthanded goal sends Huskies to Hockey East Championship Game

Toward the end of a hard-fought game, the Northeastern and UConn women’s hockey squads were deadlocked at one. When a two-minute boarding minor sent Northeastern to the penalty kill, it appeared the momentum had swung UConn’s way. But off a UConn turnover, Skylar Fontaine and Chloé Aurard rewrote the script.

Jack Sinclair and Catherine Morrison on the call:

Cover image by Mike Puzzanghera. Read our full written coverage here.

Overtime winner lifts Huskies to weekend sweep of UMass Lowell

By Josh Brown

BOSTON – The script looked eerily familiar. After blowing leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 against No. 17 UMass Lowell on Saturday night, it was impossible to not get flashbacks of last weekend against Quinnipiac, where the Huskies blew leads on five separate occasions.

But with 2:50 remaining in overtime, junior Patrick Schule flipped a puck off the back of River Hawks goalie Tyler Wall to give No. 20 Northeastern a 5-4 win at Matthews Arena. The win gives the Huskies their first 2-0 start in Hockey East play since 2012.

Ryan Ruck got his third consecutive start in net, making 23 saves in the winning effort.

Northeastern (4-2-1, 2-0-0) got on the board first late in the opening frame, when Grant Jozefek potted his fifth goal of the season. Streaking into the offensive zone 3-on-1, Jozefek skated to the right faceoff dot and picked the corner over Wall’s far side shoulder.

UMass Lowell (3-5-0, 0-4-0) would answer with two goals of their own just over a minute apart in the second period. Anvi Berisha scored at the 6:43 mark and Connor Sodergen found the back of the net at 8:02 to give the River Hawks their first lead of the weekend.

Adam Gaudette continued his dominance on special teams, scoring a short-handed goal at 13:37 to reclaim the lead for the Huskies. Gaudette jumped on the puck in the neutral zone and beat Wall over his right shoulder.

Early in the third period, Bobby Hampton netted his first collegiate goal to put the Huskies back up by one. The freshman skated around a host of UMass Lowell defenders in the slot and backhanded a shot over the shoulder of Wall.

Although Ryan Lohin would tie the score up at three just over two minutes later, Nolan Stevens answered for Northeastern at 15:41. With Wall outstretched on the ice, the senior captain skated directly through the crease and backhanded the puck into the empty net.

After Ryan Dmowski tied the score with 1:38 remaining in the third, Schule scored the game-winner in overtime to send the Huskies home with the sweep.

Northeastern will have a well-deserved day off on Friday before traveling down the street to No. 6 Boston University for a Saturday evening matchup. WRBB will have complete coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Secondary scorers power Huskies to opening night win over Sacred Heart

By Josh Brown

BOSTON – It may have been opening night, but Northeastern displayed a year’s worth of chemistry in game number one. Led by two goals apiece from Grant Jozefek and Matt Filipe, and a four-point night from freshman Zach Solow (1 goal, 3 assists), the Huskies routed Sacred Heart, 7-3, in front of a hefty crowd at Matthews Arena.

Northeastern started the scoring at 10:14 in the first period when Grant Jozefek slipped a puck past Sacred Heart goalie Brett Magnus (17 saves). Defenseman Eric Williams potted his first goal of the season just seven minutes later on a laser of a shot from the right faceoff dot that beat Magnus bar down.

The Huskies (1-0-0) would find the back of the net four more times in the second period. After Lincoln Griffin and Matt Filipe extended the Huskies lead to 4-0 at the 10:47 mark, the Pioneers (0-1-0) got one back just 13 seconds later courtesy of sophomore forward Vito Bavaro.

Any momentum that Sacred Heart built up was quickly lost, as Jozefek netted his second of the game just 1:08 later to extend the Huskies’ lead to four. Filipe scored his second of the game with just 13 seconds remaining in the period to send the Huskies into the locker room with a five-goal cushion.

Sacred Heart would put up a valiant effort in the third, scoring two quick power play goals on Northeastern goalie Ryan Ruck (19 saves). Austin McIlmurray capitalized on a Biagio Liario tripping call at 3:32, and Stephen Hladin on a Nolan Stevens tripping call at 4:17.

Despite the momentum, Sacred Heart would fail to find the back of the net again for the rest of the night. Zach Solow put the cherry on top late in the third, scoring his first collegiate goal from just within the blue line at 15:56.

The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday night when they take on Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. Josh Brown, Dan McLoone and Patrick Milne will be on the call with coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m.