Eagles Take First Half of Home-And-Home at Northeastern
By: Nick Iati
The No. 5 Eagles defeated the No. 10 Northeastern Huskies by a score of 3-2 in the first half of a home-and-home set on Thursday night at Matthews Arena.
The Huskies pulled ahead early after senior forward Matt Filipe snuck a wraparound shot past the pad of Spencer Knight just 2:08 into the first period. The goal, assisted by Riley Hughes and Julian Kislin, was Filipe’s 7th of the season.
The game slowed down after that, and few scoring chances were generated until Julius Mattila tied the game on a beautiful drop pass feed from David Cotton at 18:42 of the first period. The goal, which came in transition and beat Huskies goaltender Craig Pantano from the left faceoff circle, was Mattila’s 9th of the season. Cotton and Logan Hutsko tallied their 21st and 11th assists of the season, respectively, on the play.
The Eagles took the ice with energy after the first intermission and immediately began to take over the game in what became an action-packed second period. The Eagles played aggressively, putting pressure on the Huskies and generating several good scoring opportunities on rebounds and in transition early in the frame.
Finally, at the 10:45 mark of the period, BC found the back of the net for the second time. A Jack McBain shot was tipped by Alex Newhook and onto the stick of a crashing Marshall Warren, who read the play beautifully and ripped it past Pantano for his 5th goal of the season. The assist gave Newhook, the reigning Hockey East Player of the Week, his 9th point in the last 4 games.
After the Warren goal put the Eagles up 2-1, the Huskies began to fight back, but a combination of smart defense and solid goaltending kept them off the board for the time being. The Eagles took advantage of a 4-on-4 opportunity later in the period, as Mattila netted his second goal of the night on a sweet 2-on-1 feed from Hutsko, beating Pantano high on his blocker side. The tally was Mattila’s team-leading 37th point of the year.
▶️ 2-on-1 clinic… Second goal of the night for Julius. Second assist for Logan. pic.twitter.com/YTDO9E51oz
— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 21, 2020
Mattila’s goal to put the Eagles up 3-1 capped off the action in a period that the Eagles completely dominated, as they outshot the Huskies 18-6 in the frame.
After a handful of scoring chances for both sides to open the third period, Biagio Lerario’s deflection on a Jordan Harris one-timer trickled past Knight to draw the Huskies closer and make the score 3-2. Lerario’s 4th goal of the year left just over 13 minutes in the game for the Huskies to try to tie the score.
The goal injected new life into the previously flat Huskies squad, as they continued to put the heat on cool Spencer Knight. A couple of dangerous scoring chances were denied by the Eagles’ freshman netminder, and not even an extra attacker after the Huskies emptied their net for the last 1:27 of the game could help them draw even.
The Eagles outshot the Huskies 34-29 en route to their 20th win of the year, moving them to 20-8-1 and keeping them atop the Hockey East standings.
After picking up the win Thursday night, the Eagles look to sweep the season series against the Huskies at Conte Forum on Friday night in another game with national and Hockey East implications.