FINAL: MSU hockey falls to Northeastern after faltering on special teams
The MSU hockey team (4-9-1, 0-2 Big Ten) hoped to rebound from a series sweep by Minnesota when it faced Northeastern (6-7-4, 1-6-2 Hockey East) on
Aston-Reese, who entered Sunday’s
Both teams accumulated 13 power play opportunities. The Huskies scored three of their six goals
The Spartans did receive some experience back at the blue line on Sunday. After missing the Minnesota series due to a
The match was scoreless until 3:29 into the first period. Aston-Reese deceived Spartan goaltender Ed Minney behind the net which gave way to an easy goal and handed the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
After both teams failed to capitalize on great scoring opportunities following Aston-Reese’s goal, the Spartans went into the locker room after the conclusion of the first period trailing 1-0.
Despite a slow start for both teams offensively in the second period, an Aston-Reese power play goal gave the Huskies a momentum boost.
Sophomore forward Brennan Sanford was called for hooking, then Aston-Reese took advantage of the power play and scored his second goal of the contest with a wrist shot from the left circle, 12:10 into the second period, extending the Huskies’ lead to two.
The Spartans responded 1:52 later as freshman
With 3:56 remaining in the second period, a backhand pass from Hirose found the stick of freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko and his shot found the back of the net tying the game, 2-2.
Just a mere 10 seconds later, the Huskies regained the lead as Huskies forward Brendan Collier shot a puck that sailed
After a more physical showing from MSU in the second period, the Spartans managed to outshoot the Huskies 13-7 in the second
5:11 into the final period, Khodorenko was called for hooking and gave the Huskies their fourth power play of the game.
51 seconds later, Adam Gaudette extended Northeastern’s lead to two after knocking in a rebound that went past Minney. The goal gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead with 13:58 remaining in the game.
MSU had a chance to score on a
The Huskies, on the power play with 8:14 remaining in the game, found the back of the net for the fifth time after a goal from Aston-Reese, which put the hopes of a Spartan comeback all but to rest. The goal was Aston-Reese’s third of the contest and earned him his first hat trick of the season.
With 1:20 left in the game, the Huskies added insult to injury after defenseman Jeremy Davies fed forward Patrick Schule and his shot, a few feet from the net, snuck by Minney putting the Huskies up 6-2.
The Spartans will now focus on Western Michigan when they face off on Dec. 29 in the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Ice Arena. The game will be aired on Fox Sports Detroit.