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Northeastern vs. UMass final score: Minutemen score three in 3rd period, top Huskies 6-3

After two pretty even periods, the visiting UMass Minutemen pulled away in the final stages of the contest, taking a 6-3 victory over the Northeastern Huskies on the road at historic Matthews Arena. With the victory, the Minutemen improved to just one game below .500 at 5-6-2 on the season overall as they picked up just their third win in the last six games.

The Minutemen took care of three of the period's four goals, while holding a 16-9 shots advantage in the final period and 46-35 for the game overall.

Questionable officiating doomed the Huskies (on a missed boarding penalty) at the 5:28 mark of the stanza as junior Adam Phillips' puck beat NU senior Chris Rawlings high over his shoulder for his first goal of the season. The Minutemen scored once again at 6:54 as fellow junior defender Joel Hanley collected a loose puck in the slot for a 5-2 edge.

After senior Robbie Vrolyk put the Huskies within two goals at the 14:24 mark, stuffing a low rebound under the pads of UMass' Kevin Boyle. The Mass Attack put the game away with its sixth goal as senior Michael Pereira iced one into an empty net to seal their first victory on Huntington Avenue since Jan. 10, 2010.

Joshua Kummins is the Hockey East beat writer and a weekend editor for SB Nation Boston. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.