BOSTON – Northeastern did its best to keep Cole Maier off the scoresheet on Friday night and it worked for 60 minutes, but just 23 seconds into overtime the senior captain scored his league-leading eighth point of the season to lift No. 20 Union over No. 12 Northeastern, 4-3, at Matthews Arena.
The win improves Union's undefeated start to the season to 3-0-1, while Northeastern suffers its first loss and drops to 2-1-0. It also marks the best start through four games that the Dutchmen have had since 2014-15.
Union never had the lead in the contest until Maier scored the OT winner. The Huskies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Union countered to end the first period tied at 2-2. NU held a 3-2 lead after two periods, but a power-play goal early in the third was enough to send the game into OT.
- Brett Supinski had three points on the night, scoring the first two goals and assisting on the third.
- Supinski's second goal of the night was scored shorthanded, the first for Union this season.
- Sebastian Vidmar scored the tying goal with three seconds left on a power play to start the third.
- Three defensemen recorded assists for Union: Vas Kolias, Greg Campbell and Brandon Estes.
- Darion Hanson made his season debut in net making a career-high 37 saves.
- Union's power play went 1-for-2, while Northeastern was 2-for-6 on the PP.
How It Happened
The No. 12-ranked Huskies started white hot, scoring two goals in the first seven minutes of the contest. Huskies' freshman Tyler Madden scored his third of the season while on the power play to notch his second point of the game at the 6:27 mark of the first period for the early NU lead.
After the Dutchmen shook off the rust, senior Brett Supinski continued from where he left off last weekend against Omaha. With less than five minutes to play in the first period, Supinski banged home his first goal of the season to get Union on the board. Just minutes later as the Dutchmen got into more penalty trouble, a hard forecheck by Sean Harrison earn the sophomore the puck in the offensive zone. Harrison quickly dished it off to a wide-open Supinski in the slot, who then forehand-backhanded in the easy shorthanded goal.
With the game tied up in the second period, more undisciplined play by the Dutchmen resulted in a second power-play goal for the Huskies. Union was unable to answer in the middle frame, but a delayed penalty as the second period expired guaranteed that Union would have a full two-minute power play to start the third.
On that ensuing power play, Sebastian Vidmar got the puck low and wide with just seconds remaining on the man advantage. Vidmar didn't hesitate and sniped the puck past NU goaltender Cayden Primeau for the tying goal.
After the tying goal, Union was challenged with killing off back-to-back penalties, but sophomore netminder Darion Hanson and the rest of the Dutchmen rose to the occasion and kept the Huskies from any further scoring to force overtime in the weekend-opening game.
Fortunately, Union's second overtime in as many weeks, and Northeastern's 'No-Tee; OT,' wouldn't last long. On the first possession of overtime, a blocked shot bounced to the Huskies' backdoor and Maier was there unopposed, slipping a backhand shot past Primeau just 23 seconds in for the game winner.
Up next for the Dutchmen
No. 20 Union and No. 12 Northeastern finish off the weekend series back at Matthews Arena tomorrow at 7 p.m. (ET).