Roundup: Northeastern Stomps BU
BC Sweeps Merrimack; UVM Earns Split
CHN Staff Report
Nolan Stevens scored three goals and goaltenders Ryan Ruck and Cayden Primeau combined for 33 saves as Northeastern went into Agganis Arena and defeated Boston University, 4-1.
The Huskies have now won three games in a row after a sweep at the hands of Quinnipiac two weekends ago.
Midway through the second period, BU forward Patrick Harper elbowed NU goaltender Ryan Ruck as he skated through the crease. Ruck left the game with a concussion. Primeau entered with the score 3-1 and kept his team in front with 19 saves in nearly 30 minutes of game action.
The teams play again Friday night at Matthews Arena.
Boston University's up and down play continued over the weekend. The Terriers earned an important 2-0 win over Providence Friday night but struggled to get anything going against NU.
The loss drops BU to 4-5-1 on the season. Since starting the season 2-0-0, the Terriers are 2-5-1 in their last five games.
Vermont 4, UConn 2
Vermont earned a weekend split with Connecticut Saturday afternoon, downing the Huskies, 4-2, at the XL Center in Hartford.
UVM goaltender Stefanos Lekkas made 31 saves in the win, including 24 over the final two periods.
"We've got to continue to play like we did tonight," UVM coach Kevin Sneddon said. "We have to be relentless and do all the little things to have a chance to win.
"We competed our tails off. Everything was better than (Friday's loss to UConn). We did a lot of amazing thing. I questioned the guys afterward. Why don't we do this all the time? It's a heck of a lot more fun than the alternative."
UConn wasted four power plays in the loss, including two that could've helped regain the lead before the end of the second period.
"I thought the story of the game was special teams," UConn coach Mike Cavanaugh said. "We just have to be better on special teams. That's a part of the game that's very important. Tonight, Vermont was the better team on special teams."
UConn established a 2-0 lead just 59 seconds into the second period after Maxim Letunov scored to double the Huskies' lead.
Ross Colton got one back for UVM at 4:01 before Jarrid Privitera and Matt Alvaro struck in a span of 3:08 to give the Catamounts a 3-2 after two periods.
Anthony Petruzzelli's goal at 13:12 of the third period put the game away for UVM.
The win, the first league win of the year for the Catamounts, halted a four-game winless streak.
Maine 6, UMass-Lowell 2
A three-game winning streak has a way of soothing the concerns created by a slow start. Responding by going 1-3-0, similarly, has a way of eliminating any and all of that good will.
Maine dropped Massachusetts-Lowell, 6-2, Saturday afternoon, dropping the River Hawks to 4-6-0 overall and 1-3-0 to open Hockey East play. It's UML's worst start to a Hockey East campaign since doing the same to open the league slate in 2012-13.
"Well, that was a good old-fashioned buttkicking," UML coach Norm Bazin said.
"We got a lot of kids in that locker room that are searching for answers, but the answers are within the locker room."
The Black Bears scored the first six goals of the game Saturday, earning a weekend split with UML. The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Black Bears.
Freshman Eduards Tralmaks scored a pair of goals and picked up an assist for Maine. For the season, the Latvia international has five goals and a pair of assists in eight games.
"We played smart and didn't let the situation on the ice change anything," Maine coach Red Gendron said. "I thought there was a period of time during the second period where we started getting cute with the puck, but the players did a great job snapping out of that."
UML sophomore Tyler Wall allowed four goals on the first 10 shots he faced, making way for Christopher Hernberg midway through the second period. Wall, who was a .918 goalie as a freshman, is off to a tough start for UML in his second year. In five games, his save percentage has fallen to .825. Meanwhile, Hernberg has emerged as a viable option for UML with a .940 save percentage in seven appearances.
"We have two very good goalies, but the chances we gave up were monster chances," Bazin said.
Next weekend, UML heads up to Durham to finish its season series with New Hampshire. The Wildcats swept UML to open the season. Northeastern heads to Lowell Saturday — UML was also swept by NU.
BC 2, Merrimack 1
After a rough weekend and even rougher October, Boston College just needed a win, any win to get back on track.
A couple games with Merrimack were exactly what the Eagles had in mind. BC defeated the Warriors, 2-1, Saturday night to complete the sweep.
Casey Fitzgerald put BC on the board at 9:41 of the first period. Merrimack's Sami Tavernier equalized 5:06 later. The deadlock was shortlived however. BC's Christopher Grando scored his third goal of the season at 15:50.
That's all scoring for the night.
In the games final seconds, BC goaltender Joseph Woll received 17 penalty minutes, including a 5-minute for kicking and a 10-minute disqualification. He will serve a one-game suspension following the disqualification.
Woll finished the night with 26 saves in the 27 shots he faced. Sophomore Ryan Edquist played the final 2 seconds of the game and a made one save to close the game.
UNH 3, UMass 0
A team with scoring troubles should probably do its best to avoid both deficits and penalties. Massachusetts couldn't shake either one and red-hot New Hampshire took advantage.
The Wildcats scored just 1:40 into the game and added two more goals on the power play to defeat UMass, 3-0, in Amherst.
Liam Blackburn's goal at 1:40 of the first period put the Wildcats up for good. It was his fourth goal of the season. Brendan van Riemsdyk also scored his fourth in the game.
Daniel Tirone made 27 saves to earn the shutout for the Wildcats. It's his second of the season.
The Wildcats ended a short two-game winless streak with the win in Amherst. They're now 6-1-1 on the season. Next weekend, they host UMass-Lowell and Boston University.
UMass, which began the season as winners of three of its first four, has now lost four its last five games. The young Minutemen have scored one or zero goals in three of their four losses. The Minutemen's next four games come in form of home-and-home pairs with Providence and Quinnipiac.