Thrilling vic­to­ries by both the men’s hockey and bas­ket­ball teams over the hol­iday break have helped the squads main­tain their momentum heading into the New Year.

On New Year’s Eve, the men’s hockey team skated to a 3–2 vic­tory over No. 2 Min­nesota to win the Mar­i­ucci Classic tour­na­ment, the second time the Huskies have won the tour­na­ment and the first time since 1997.

Steve Quailer, Gar­rett Ver­meersch and Vinny Saponari each scored for the Huskies and goal­tender Chris Rawl­ings con­tinued his out­standing play by stop­ping 31 of 33 shots in the tournament’s cham­pi­onship game.

Rawl­ings was named the Hockey East Defen­sive Player of the Week for stop­ping a total of 54 shots and posting a .915 save per­centage in the two-​​game hol­iday tour­na­ment. Sopho­more Braden Pimm was named the tour­na­ment MVP, notching two goals and an assist.

North­eastern skated to a 3–3 tie with Princeton in the opening game of the tour­na­ment on Dec. 30, but won in a shootout to advance to the final against Minnesota.

The Huskies (8–7-3) are in the midst of an eight-​​game unbeaten streak (7–0-1), which qual­i­fies as the third longest in pro­gram his­tory. Up next is a scrim­mage on Sat­urday night against the Under-​​18 U.S. National Team Devel­op­ment Program.

Mean­while, the men’s bas­ket­ball squad earned a pair of impres­sive road vic­to­ries over the break, including a 53–51 thriller at Ver­mont on Dec. 30 that ended with guard Joel Smith hit­ting a runner from the right wing as time expired.

The buzzer beater capped a tightly con­tested game that fea­tured 10 lead changes and six ties. Smith led the Huskies in scoring with 19 points on 50 per­cent shooting (7 of 14) from the field.

On Monday, the Huskies fol­lowed up the dra­matic vic­tory by defeating Towson, 57–48. Jonathan Lee led the squad with 13 points and five rebounds. After leading 25–23 at the break, the Huskies opened the second half with fero­cious defense that lim­ited Towson to just one field goal over the first 8 min­utes, 25 seconds.

The men’s team (5–7) returns to action tonight against the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina Wilm­ington at Matthews Arena at 7 p.m.