UConn Rebounds Against Lowell; Clarkson Sweeps ASU
CHN Staff Report
Boston University came into the weekend rated No. 1 by the computers. But that didn’t matter to Hobey candidate Northeastern goalie Devon Levi on Friday, who shut out the Terriers, 2-0, stopping 39 shots.
BU needed to solve Levi, somehow, and it did — though it wasn’t easy. It took some pretty plays from BU’s skilled forwards, and standout defenseman Domenick Fensore. And it took battling through feisty Northeastern.
“I think we wanted to make sure we were playing hard, we know they do,” BU coach Jay Pandolfo said. “They have some D that are big, they’re physical and we wanted to make sure we responded as well as we could.”
BU goalie Drew Commesso tried to match Levi, and did. In overtime, he stopped a breakaway to keep things going. Then Lane Hutson converted on a 3-on-1 to give BU a 4-3 win.
Fensore got the scoring started, but Northeastern responded with two goals in the second period, the latter on the power play from Aiden McDonough, who sat out Friday because of a suspension.
Late in the second, however, freshman Terriers forward Matt Brown sniped on past Levi to tie the game, 2-2, heading into the third.
“That was huge,” Fensore said. “Going into the third down one, it’s a big hole to climb. It was a big time goal from a big time player.”
Northeastern regained the lead on a tip from Sam Colangelo, but BU responded a few minutes later off a rush started by Fensore; he dropped it for Ryan Greene, another freshman who, like Brown, scored his sixth of the season.
“We found a way to win so it’s a huge win by our guys,” Pandolfo said. “Credit to them, they played hard tonight. Overall, that was a good college hockey game.”
Connecticut 4, Massachusetts-Lowell 2
UConn made sure it didn’t let this one get away.
Friday, Lowell scored in overtime, after UConn had put up the extra period’s first five shots. Saturday, UConn snapped a three-game winless string that included a pair of shootout losses to Providence, and Friday’s OT loss.
Arsenii Sergeev stepped up and played perhaps his best game in net for the Huskies, making 37 saves. After UConn took a 2-0 lead, Lowell got back within a goal twice, but thanks in large part to Sergeev, couldn’t get the equalizer. Ryan Tverberg’s 10th of the season, a late empty-net…