Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BOSTON, MA. –– Northeastern tallied three third period goals to break a 1-1 deadlock and grab a 4-1 win over Vermont at Matthews Arena Friday.
Northeastern moves to 18-9-1 overall (10-7-1 HEA) while Vermont drops to 12-15-2 overall (5-12-2 HEA).
“We played fantastic for two periods and credit Northeastern in the third, although I felt we shot ourselves in the foot in the third,” head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “It’s disappointing because I thought we were the better team for 40 minutes.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Catamounts had the Huskies on their heels in the first period, dominating the shot total, 16-5. Despite the advantage, Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau (32 saves) stood tall, and made a great save on a Jake Massie breakaway chance halfway through the period.
Sophomore Alex Esposito scored the night’s first goal at 7:01 of the second period. Matt Alvaro muscled the puck to Esposito, who found senior Liam Coughlin on the rush for a 2-on-1. Coughlin returned the pass to Esposito and his shot beat Primeau high.
Northeastern’s Ryan Shea tied the game just over six minutes later with a blue line shot that beat Lekkas through a Husky screen and traffic in the slot.
Matt Filipe broke the 1-1 tie 4:21 into the third period with a rebound goal following an initial shot from Grant Jozefek, who assisted on the goal with Jeremy Davies.
John Picking made it 3-1 Huskies with 2:47 remaining in the third period on a 2-on-1 rush. Biagio Lerario assisted on the goal.
Lincoln Griffin found the empty net at 18:52 of the period to make it 4-1 Northeastern, where it would end.
Stefanos Lekkas made 19 saves to bring his season total to 889. He is now ninth in program history for single saves in a season.
Vermont and 14th-ranked Northeastern conclude the 2018-19 season series tomorrow night at the Matthews Center. The game is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. and will air on NESN and TSN.ca.