Northeastern - UMaine: NU Sweeps the Weekend Series to Stay Undefeated

TJ FergusonCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2008

Northeastern continued it's winning ways, Boston College got back on track, Boston University won in a blow out and University of New Hampshire avoided a free fall in the standings despite some poor results.

We'll start with the Huskies.

Northeastern University is off to another flying start out of the gates this season.  Friday Thiessen picked up his second shutout of the season against the University of Maine Black Bears.  Then Saturday, the NU managed to squeak past them for the weekend sweep.

Mike Hewkin opened up the scoring at 3:31, Wade MacLeod and Joe Vitale were credited with the assists.  Chris Donovan scored at 6:22 from Dylan Wiwchar and Greg Costa.  Then at 7:56, Rob Rassey scored with an assist going to Steve Quailer.

The next goal came at 11:02 of the second period by Alex Tuckerman, assisted by Quailer and David Strathman.  The final goal came at 7:51 by Strathman.  Vitale and Tyler McNeely were given assists.

All the goals were scored on even strength, despite the fact that there were 11 power plays total.  NU went 0-5 and Maine was 0-6.

Northeastern was also out shot again as Maine took 29 shots to NU's 26.  Donovan was the only goal scorer who didn't register his first goal of the season.  Brad Thiessen set the Northeastern record for career shutouts earning his eighth.

Saturday night, the score was a little closer.  Maine started of the scoring with a goal at 18:11 in the first period by Spencer Abbott.  Josh Van Dyk and Simon Danis-Pepin were credited with the assists.

The goal came on the power play and was the only special teams goal of the weekend series.

No goals came in the second and it wasn't until 9:02 of the third when Rassey scored the game tying goal getting the puck from Alex Tuckerman.

At 16:23, NU's Ryan Ginand finished the game winner, Kyle Kraemer and Louis Liotti were credited with the assists.

Northeastern was out shot  yet again, but this time it wasn't even close.  Maine took 27 shots while only allowing the Huskies to get 13.

The pair of victories moved the Huskies up five spots to a No. 9 ranking, the highest they earned last year before starting their second half slide.

They are also now the fourth Hockey East squad to move into the top ten as Boston College is No. 2, Boston University is No. 3 and University of New Hampshire is No. 6.

UNH represents the highest ranked team not to receive any first place votes.  Vermont fell three places to No. 14 rounding out the Hockey East teams represented in the Nation's Top 20.