The Northeastern men’s hockey team has relied on its young stars this season and the same held true Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
Freshman Zach Aston-Reese scored twice, including the winner at 10:56 of the third period, and classmate Mike Szmatula added a goal and two assists as the ninth-ranked Huskies evaded No. 17 Maine, 4-3.
Sophomore Kevin Roy added four assists for Northeastern, which wrested third place in the Hockey East standings from the Black Bears (15-11-4, 9-6-3).
The Huskies (18-10-4, 10-6-2) conclude their regular-season schedule with two games against BU next weekend, while Maine faces Providence twice.
Ben Hutton scored twice for the Black Bears, giving him 13 goals this season and tying a school record for a defenseman.
Clay Witt continued his torrid play for the Huskies, making 35 saves.
Notre Dame 2, BU 0 — Jeff Costello and Austin Wuthrich scored in the third, and Steven Summerhays (22 saves) earned a school-record 13th career shutout to lead the No. 15 Fighting Irish (19-12-2, 8-9-2 Hockey East) past the visiting Terriers.
It is the first time in 72 years that BU (8-20-4, 3-12-3) was shut out in consecutive games. The Terriers were also blanked, 2-0, by Notre Dame Friday night.
Sean Maguire made 38 saves for BU, which is winless in its last nine.
Providence 2, UMass 1 — Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski scored as the No. 12 Friars (17-9-6, 9-7-2 Hockey East) outlasted the host Minutemen (8-21-4, 4-13-3).
Vermont 4, Merrimack 3 — Chris McCarthy had a goal and an assist, and the 16th-ranked Catamounts (17-11-3, 9-9-0 Hockey East) scored three times in the middle frame to upend the Warriors (7-20-3, 2-14-2) in North Andover.
Colgate 3, Quinnipiac 1 — Tylor Spink scored twice and Charlie Finn stopped 31 shots, backstopping the visiting Raiders (16-11-5, 12-5-3) past the fifth-ranked Bobcats (21-8-5, 11-6-3) and into a first-round bye in the ECAC tournament.
Yale 3, Dartmouth 3 — Andy Simpson tied the game with 1:36 left, Charles Grant made 39 saves, including five in overtime, and the host Big Green (7-16-4, 6-12-2 ECAC) tied the No. 14 Bulldogs (14-8-5, 9-7-4).
Brown 2, Harvard 0 — Freshman Tyler Steel turned aside 30 shots for his first career shutout, and the Bears (11-13-3, 8-11-1 ECAC) topped the host Crimson (9-14-4, 5-11-4).
Holy Cross 4, AIC 3 — Brett McKinnon scored twice in the second for the Crusaders (11-18-3, 10-12-3 Atlantic Hockey), who beat the host Yellow Jackets (10-21-1, 9-15-1).
Sacred Heart 5, Bentley 2 — Spencer Graboski had a goal and two assists and the visiting Pioneers (11-21-0, 10-15-0 Atlantic Hockey) dropped the Falcons (16-12-4, 14-7-4).
UConn 3, Army 1 — Brent Norris tallied the winner on the power play in the third to lead the visiting Huskies (17-11-4, 14-8-3 Atlantic Hockey).
Senior Brant Harris had two assists for Connecticut, becoming the program’s all-time leading Division 1 scorer. Harris now has 109 points, passing Cole Koidahl.
Harvard 3, Brown 1 — Elizabeth Parker scored twice in a 26-second span in the middle period as the fifth-ranked Crimson (21-4-4, 16-3-3) secured the second seed in the ECAC playoffs with a win in Providence.
BC 3, BU 2 — Andie Anastos scored with five seconds left in regulation at Conte Forum, giving the No. 5 Eagles (24-5-3, 17-2-1 Hockey East) a win over the Terriers (21-11-1, 24-6-0). BU’s Kerrin Sperry made a career-high 47 saves .
Quinnipiac 3, Colgate 0 — Kelly Babstock led the No. 9 Bobcats (20-5-9, 10-22-2) in Hamilton, N.Y., becoming the first player in program history to reach 200 career points.