The North­eastern men’s hockey team is surging into the hol­iday break, having notched six-​​consecutive vic­to­ries after starting the season with only one win in its first 10 games.

Head Coach Jim Madigan attrib­uted the recent suc­cess to a renewed focus, smarter play and strong work ethic. Exe­cu­tion in the offen­sive, defen­sive and neu­tral zones of the ice has improved con­sid­er­ably, he said.

Our com­pete level and effort con­tinue to be there, but we’re playing with more intel­li­gence and we’re playing a full 60 min­utes,” Madigan said. “Those fac­tors have allowed us to win those tight games that we were losing early in the season.”

The team’s vic­tory last Sat­urday night at home over No. 18 UMass Lowell brought its record to .500 at 7–7-2. During its win­ning streak, North­eastern secured impres­sive road vic­to­ries over nation­ally ranked Michigan and Notre Dame, the latter of which the Huskies beat 9–2 and 2–1 on suc­ces­sive nights.

It’s a great con­fi­dence booster for the team,” Madigan said of the team’s suc­cess against top com­pe­ti­tion. “It does won­ders for your hockey club when you can string a series of wins together.”

Madigan said the hol­iday break would give his club some much-​​needed rest after com­pleting a gru­eling early-​​season schedule. He hopes the mental and phys­ical layoff will propel the team to con­tinue building momentum, starting with a tour­na­ment in Min­nesota — the Mar­i­ucci Classic — at the end of the month. North­eastern will face Princeton in the first round on Dec. 30; the victor will face the winner of No. 2 Min­nesota vs. Nia­gara on Dec. 31.

The Huskies will make a his­toric trip to Fenway Park on Jan. 14 to face Boston Col­lege in the first out­door game in North­eastern men’s ice hockey his­tory. The Fenway faceoff will serve as a sneak pre­view of the first round of the 60th annual Beanpot Tour­na­ment, when the Huskies and Eagles drop the puck at the TD Garden on Monday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.

How­ever, Madigan doesn’t want the team’s recent suc­cess and the highly antic­i­pated matchups with Hockey East rivals to cloud his squad’s focus on playing hard one game at a time.

Our league is so com­pet­i­tive,” he said. “When you also factor in a non-​​conference schedule that matches our own con­fer­ence, it’s the best com­pe­ti­tion in the country, and we’re playing it every weekend. We just need our focus to be weekend to weekend.”

Along with improved team play, Madigan said star players have sparked the team’s resur­gence. Junior for­ward Steve Quailer, for example, has tal­lied 12 points over the last seven games, and North­eastern goal­tender Chris Rawl­ings has allowed no more than two goals in each of the six con­sec­u­tive victories.

Lead­er­ship among the student-​​athletes in the locker room has played no small part in the club’s recent suc­cess. As Madigan put it, “The senior lead­er­ship really stepped up, both on and off the ice.”