Northeastern upsets Boston College, wins second time in week vs. ranked
BOSTON -- Northeastern knocked off defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Boston College 3-1 in front of a sold out Matthews Arena on Saturday night. The Huskies (2-0-0, 2-0-0 Hockey East) not only curbed a five-game losing skid to the Eagles (0-1-0, 0-1-0 Hockey East) with the victory, but Northeastern also ended Boston College's 19-game winning streak.
Dating back to last year, Northeastern has topped three consecutive ranked opponents. Including wins vs. No. 19 Merrimack and No. 1 BC to open this year, the Huskies beat No. 4 Boston University in the last game of 2011-12.
Freshman Kevin Roy has accounted for both of Northeastern's game-winners to anchor NU's 2-0 start. A Lac-Beauport, Quebec, native, Roy tallied the second goal of the game at 8:06 of the first period to stand as the winning marker. Ryan Belonger set the precedent by drawing first blood at 5:03 of the first and Colton Saucerman added the third in unorthodox fashion at 3:42 of the first.
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Senior backstopper Chris Rawlings won his second consecutive outing with 31 saves in his second career victory against Boston College. BC netminder Parker Milner stopped 26 in his first loss of the season.
First-year forward Cam Darcy continued the sturdy play of newcomers with a pair of assists while sophomore Joe Manno assisted on Belonger's goal to put together a two-game point streak.
Belonger brought the capacity crowd to its feet five minutes into the contest after chipping in a Darcy dish at 5:03.
Manno worked the puck off the near post around the corner out to Darcy on the left dot. Darcy made the aware play by tossing the puck on Milner, and after the puck caromed off the poke check, Belonger was in perfect position to lift the rebound over Milner's blocker for the quick 1-0 strike.
Two exchanges later, the Huskies channeled the crowd's energy to make it a 2-0 game on a cross-ice feed from junior Cody Ferriero to Roy at 8:06.
Junior Braden Pimm raced the puck out of the neutral zone out to Ferriero at the top of the right circle. Ferriero juked an Eagle and shifted down to the goal line extended where he connected with a streaking Roy on the far post. Roy clank it off the top corner of the net and put away the Huskies' second goal on five shots.
Boston College cut the deficit in half as the first period drew out by converting on a sophomore Dan Cornell charging infraction at 14:46. Off the first draw in BC's power play, Pat Mullane won the puck back to Johnny Gaudreau on the left dot. Gaudreau quickly shifted to Steven Whitney at the top of the right circle who then buried the low one-timer through Rawlings' five-hole to make it a 2-1 game.
The majority of second period play belonged to both goaltenders. The Huskies peppered Milner in the early goings of the middle session but BC's backstopper thwarted NU's advances. Rawlings matched Milner in the back part of the second period, highlighted by a huge save on Whitney at the 16:30 mark.
The third period started off with another big save by Rawlings on Gaudreau and the Huskies feasted off that momentum with a Saucerman tally at 3:42.