Men's Hockey Drops Season Opener to #15 Northeastern 5-2

Men's Hockey Drops Season Opener to #15 Northeastern 5-2

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.-The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team (0-1-0 overall) fell to #15 Northeastern (1-0-0 overall) tonight by a final score of 5-2. The team wraps up the two game series tomorrow night when they host the Huskies at 7:05 p.m. 

The Pioneers would be the first team to get on the board as Matt Tugnutt would score the opening goal of the 2018-19 season off an assist by sophomore Marc Johnstone to put SHU ahead 1-0 at 17:17 in the first period. Both sides were evenly split in the shot total in the first as both sides recorded 12 shots. 

Northeastern would answer back in the second period as Brandon Shultz landed a goal in the back of the net off a double assist by Grant Jozefek and John Picking to even the score at 1-1. But SHU would come back to take the lead again as Mike Lee slipped a goal by the goalie off an assist by Matt Tugnutt while SHU was shorthanded to put the Pioneers ahead 2-1 at 12:22. While the Huskies held the shot lead after two periods SHU kept the score in their favor heading into the final period. 

It would be all Northeastern in the third period though as the Huskies would rack up four goals in the third first coming just seven seconds in the first as Brandon Hawkins found the back of the net to tie the game back up at 2-2. It would be eight minutes later when Zach Solo would land his first goal of the season off assists by Jordan Harris and Patrick Schule to put the Huskies ahead 3-2 at 08:02. Two more goals would be scored by Northeastern to give the Huskies their first win of the season by a final score of 5-2. 

Scoring Summary

1st: SHU   17:17  Matt Tugnutt ( Marc Johnstone )

2nd: Northeastern 07:06  Schultz, Brandon ( Jozefek, Grant & Picking, John )

2nd: SHU 12:22SH - Mike Lee ( Matt Tugnutt )

3rd: Northeastern        00:07   Hawkins, Brandon ( Frye, Curtis & Pecararo, Liam )

       Northeastern        08:02   Solow, Zach ( Harris, Jordan & Schule, Patrick )

       Northeastern        12:54   Jozefek, Grant ( Griffin, Lincoln & Williams, Eric )

       Northeastern        18:22   EN - Madden, Tyler ( Pecararo, Liam & Solow, Zach )