BOSTON – With the game tied 1-1 midway through the third period, it was a pair of late goals that lifted fifth-ranked Northeastern University to a 3-2 win over the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team in front of 4,788 fans at Matthews Arena on Friday night. UNH moves to 4-5-3 with a 2-3-2 record in Hockey East, while the Huskies are now 8-2-2, 6-2-1 HE.
The first of Northeastern’s third period goals broke a 1-1 deadlock as Ryan Ginand potted an even-strength goal at 9:04 in the third with assists from Chris Donovan and Greg Costa. The Huskies extended their lead to 3-1 on an unassisted goal by Wade MacLeod at 17:45, which proved to be the game winner.
UNH trailed 1-0 for the most of the game until the Wildcats netted the equalizer at 1:54 in the third period. Joe Charlebois (Potsdam, N.Y.) gathered the puck at the right point off a Husky turnover and fired a shot on net that bounced out to a crashing James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.), who deposited the puck in the right corner of the net for his team-leading seven goal of the season. Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) also tallied an assist on the goal. With New Hampshire trailing 3-1 late, the Wildcats pulled netminder Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) with 1:20 remaining in favor of an extra-skater and that effort produced a goal at 19:06 of the third. van Riemsdyk scored his second of the night with assists from Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario) and Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.). For van Riemsdyk, it the first multi-goal game of his career as his has scored 10 points in the last five games (4g, 6a).
Northeastern drew first blood just 1:43 into the first period as Alex Tuckerman scored off the rebound of a Steve Silva shot to make it 1-0. Steve Quailer was also credited with an assist on the even-strength tally. UNH held a commanding 19-10 advantage in shots, while the Huskies held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
In a scoreless second period, NU held a 17-11 advantage in shots thanks in part to four power-play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 stretch. The Wildcats got their best scoring opportunities in the final five minutes which originated during a power play.
Northeastern’s Brad Thiessen stopped 37 shots including 19 in the first period to improve to 8-2-2, while Foster stopped 33 shots, including 17 in the second stanza for the Wildcats and is now 4-3-2.
Both teams were 0-5 on the power play for the night, while UNH held a 39-36 advantage in shots.
UNH returns home for the first time in November as it plays host to Providence College at the Whittemore Center on Saturday night (7 p.m.). The game will be broadcast on the Wildcat Sports Network (Flagship AM-1270). The UNH Athletic Department will also be launching its new project, Operation Hat Trick at the game.