December 18, 2013

College Wraparound: Huskies go to Gutterson, blank UVM

By Joshua Kummins

Northeastern's Clay Witt earned his second shutout of the season Tuesday against Vermont. (Photo: Dave Arnold/New England Hockey Journal)

The Northeastern University Huskies (10-5-2, 4-5-1 Hockey East) were heavily out-chanced on Tuesday night at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, but scored a goal in each period to down the host Vermont Catamounts (8-6-1, 4-5-0) by a 3-0 score.

With the victory, the Huskies propel themselves into a fourth-place tie in the league standings and hit the ten-win plateau before the start of the January schedule for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Stellar sophomore Kevin Roy had a hand on each of NU's goals, extending his second point-scoring streak of the season to four games. 

Roy provided a fantastic set-up for rookie linemate John Stevens to pot the rebound by UVM freshman netminder Mike Santaguida at the 5:55 mark of the opening stanza.

NU scored a definite backbreaker with 1:14 remaining in the second period as Roy took advantage of a weak attempt to clear a rebound from the slot, pouncing on the loose puck and tossing in his team-best 13th strike of the year.

Second-year Mike McMurtry closed the scoring and the book on NU's second shutout of the season with another rebound goal in front at the 4:08 marker of the third period.

Freshman Dalen Hedges, who has posted points in four of his previous six contests, continued his strong scoring run with a pair of assists, dishing off the primary helper on the third and final goal of the evening.

Junior Clay Witt's second shutout of the season and his career improved his record to 8-3-2. The Florida native posted 44 saves in the contest, including an astounding 22 stops in the final frame.

On the flip side, freshman Mike Santaguida's 21-save effort was certainly no disservice to UVM's effort, but an 0-for-8 showing on the power play did not do any favors as its five-game winning streak was snapped.

Denver 5, Massachusetts 3

Junior Troy Power scored twice and extended his point streak to four consecutive games, but the Californian's effort was not enough in defeat for the Minutemen (6-12-2) against the 17th-ranked Pioneers (10-6-3) at Mullins Center. Junior Steve Mastalerz (North Andover, Mass.) made 13 saves for the home squad, including five in each of the first two stanzas. The loss snapped UMass' modest win streak, which included a sweep this past Saturday and Sunday at Colgate, at three.

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