Patrick Schule was the hero for the No. 20 Northeastern men's ice hockey team (4-2-1, 2-0-0) on Saturday night, scoring with 2:50 remaining in overtime to lift the Huskies to a 5-4 victory and weekend sweep of No. 17 UMass Lowell (3-5-0, 0-4-0) in front of 3,953 fans in a wild back and forth bout at Matthews Arena.
After UMass Lowell's Ryan Dmowski tied the game with 1:38 left in regulation with a six-on-four skating advantage to force overtime, Lincoln Griffin sped into the attacking zone in the extra frame and fired a shot that was blocked. John Picking's follow up bid was knocked behind the cage, where Schule quickly gathered it and flung it off the stick of UML goaltender Tyler Wall for the game-winner.
Northeastern saw the River Hawks battle back from 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 throughout the night as the teams exchanged goals twice during the third period. Nine different players scored between the two teams, including the first collegiate goal from Bobby Hampton early in the third. Grant Jozefek, Adam Gaudette and Nolan Stevens also scored for the hosts, while Ryan Ruck had 23 stops in goal.
The win gives Northeastern its first weekend sweep of UMass Lowell since the 2008-09 season, and moves to 2-0-0 in league play for the first time since 2012-13.
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Wall kept UMass Lowell in the game throughout, steering aside 33 shots as the Huskies outshot UML 38-27 in the game. The River Hawks converted on one of their four power play chances to tie the game late in regulation, while NU went 0-of-8 on the man advantage.
Lowell capitalized on a power play late in the game to send it to overtime. Off an offensive zone faceoff, Connor Sodergren and John Edwardh chipped away to create a loose puck in the slot for Ryan Dmowski. Dmowski settled the puck down and ripped a backhand shot by Ruck's blocker to tie things up at 4-4.
The Huskies secured the win in overtime on a crazy bounce that fooled Wall. After consecutive shots from Lincoln Griffin and John Picking, the puck settled along the goal line to the right of the cage. Patrick Schule tracked the puck and sent a quick shot at Wall the clicked off his stick and into the net to secure two Hockey East points for Northeastern.