The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity men’s hockey team defeated the No. 1 Boston Col­lege Eagles 3–1 on Sat­urday night before a rau­cous sold-​​out crowd of 4,746 at Matthews Arena.

The vic­tory improved the team’s early season record to 2–0 and grabbed the atten­tion of the col­lege hockey cognoscenti: United States Col­lege Hockey Online fea­tured a story on the upset win over the defending national cham­pions on its home­page on Sunday morning.

North­eastern head coach Jim Madigan praised the team’s strong effort in a press con­fer­ence fol­lowing the big win. “We thought our guys played really well,” he said. “There was a poise and a com­po­sure that our team demonstrated.”

Madigan had a good feeling about the out­come of the game prior to the face-​​off, when he heard the pep band play “Don’t Stop Believin’,” a pop­ular song by the rock band Journey. “I hope our band plays it a little more often,” he joked.

North­eastern began the season last Wednesday with a 4–2 vic­tory over No. 19 Mer­ri­mack. The red and black have now con­sec­u­tively topped three ranked oppo­nents dating back to their vic­tory over then No. 4 Boston Uni­ver­sity in the final game of last season.

The Huskies got off to a strong start against BC on Sat­urday night. Just five min­utes into the first period, freshman for­ward Ryan Belonger chipped in a pass from first-​​year for­ward Cam Darcy. Three min­utes later, freshman phenom Kevin Roy took a cross-​​ice feed from junior for­ward Cody Fer­riero and clanked the puck off the crossbar and into the net.

Roy, who was drafted by the Ana­heim Ducks of the National Hockey League, has now scored both of Northeastern’s game-​​winning goals this season.

Senior goal­tender Chris Rawl­ings made 31 saves on 32 shots in his second career vic­tory over the Eagles. The lone goal he allowed between the pipes came late in the first period on a BC power play when a one-​​timer sneaked through the five-​​hole.

The Huskies reestab­lished a two-​​goal lead fewer than four min­utes into the third period on a wacky play. After col­lecting a loose puck in the neu­tral zone, sopho­more defenseman Colton Saucerman skated to the blue line and ripped a knuckle puck passed BC goalie Parker Milner, who had vacated his net.

It might look fluky, but he put the puck on net,” Rawl­ings said of the unusual goal. “It took a funny dip. It was like a changeup.”

The Huskies won’t have to wait long to battle the defending champs for a second time this season. The two teams will play again on Sat­urday at 7 p.m. at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.