Nate Walker netted a hat trick to lead Syracuse over Northeast, 4-0.
Walker got on the scoresheet 6:16 into the first period. He then added goals at 12:41 into the third and at 19:57 into the third.
Kyle VanWagner spearheaded the defensive effort for Syracuse, as he did not allow a puck past him and made 26 saves for the shutout. VanWagner managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 3.07 prior to the game.
Syracuse\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Northeast power plays. Syracuse kept Northeast\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Leo Lake made 66 saves on 70 shots.
Syracuse also got a goal from Nicholas Chalifoux as well. In addition, Syracuse received assists from Brendan Sand and Raymond Rowe, who each chipped in one and Jag Masters and Ryan Gilroy, who contributed two each.
Northeast excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. Northeast was held below its usual level of production. Northeast puts an average of 2.8 pucks into the net per game.
Syracuse incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Northeast incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.