Northeastern hockey shines on international stage

Russia’s Ivan Muranov, center, and USA’s Phil Kemp struggle for a puck while USA’s goaltender Cayden Primeau looks behind him during the Ice Hockey 2019 World Junior championships match between Russia and USA in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Barry / Sputnik via AP

Northeastern’s hockey programs shined on the international stage this weekend.

Men’s hockey goalie Cayden Primeau, forward Tyler Madden, and associate head coach Jerry Keefe earned silver medals with the United States National Junior Team at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver.

Primeau and Madden were the first two Huskies ever to be named to the junior team roster for the United States, which lost to Finland, 3-2, in the gold-medal game on Saturday.  

Primeau saved 118 of 126 shots over five games and was named the player of the game for the United States in a semifinal matchup against Russia. Madden finished the tournament with three goals and one assist, and Keefe oversaw the team’s power play, which converted on 26 percent of its chances—the second-best rate among all teams in the tournament.

Northeastern players celebrate after they score a goal against Clarkson during the inaugural Women’s Friendship Series in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo by William Cherry/Press Eye Photography.

The Northeastern women’s hockey team beat Clarkson 3-1 on Sunday and tied 3-3 on Saturday in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in a historic two-game series that marked the first-ever NCAA Division 1 women’s hockey games played outside North America. The Huskies are now unbeaten in 15 of their past 16 games.

The matchup pitted two of the nation’s top five teams against each other in a battle for mid-season bragging rights—and lived up to the hype.

In the second period of the first game of the series, Northeastern scored three goals in 35 seconds to erase a 2-0 deficit. The scoring barrage sent many of the 2,534 people in attendance into a frenzy.

“We’re really pleased. Any time we can pick up a win and a tie against a team like Clarkson, it’s an amazing feeling,” Northeastern head coach Dave Flint said in a post-game interview on Sunday. “The team really stepped up today and played well.”