Some days you wake and the grass is a little greener, the coffee smells a little better, and it doesn’t seem like a frozen tundra before Thanksgiving. That day is today. Your Northeastern University Huskies won! They beat a team! In hockey!
After losing the first leg of the home-and-home in New Hampshire, the Huskies bounced back to get the first win of the season at home in front of a loud crowd at Matthews. Have to say, it’s pretty cool to see all the old Dog House banners hanging from the balcony and hear the fans actually participating again.
Clay Witt is back in net and it feels so good. Even though UNH scored five in the first game, I think he still looked very good. At home, he stopped 34 shots and held UNH to just one goal. He kept the Huskies in the game when the team was being out-shot by over eleven through the first two periods.
The part that really got me excited was seeing that Northeastern has the ability to come back. On Friday, they gave up three first period goals, and managed to come back to tie in the second, though they eventually lost. Even more impressive, I think, is the what they did on the second night. After UNH put up a go-ahead goal in the third period and Northeastern had been out-shot by such a huge margin at that point, I think we all could see the writing on the wall. The team couldn’t put pucks on net at all, so giving up that goal seemed the end of the game. But then, something weird happened. Northeastern scored! The Stevens’ Family and Rosenthal answered and tied it up short after. It was that line that also gave the Huskies the eventual game winning goal (Nolan Stevens’ first of his career). That line was a bright spot in what has been a very dark offensive period for the team, with N. Stevens winning Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week.
While it feels good to see Northeastern win, I still don’t think the team is playing very well. You could make the argument that they were outplayed in both games this weekend. Clay Witt was incredible in that second game, and was the only reason the Huskies even had a chance at winning. They’re still taking way too many penalties (five in each game), and stupid ones at that (too many men, embellishment). The game just needs to be cleaner in every aspect, from clearing the zone, to playing with discipline. Better teams than UNH will be able to take advantage from how sloppy they’ve played.
But, Northeastern won and I personally am going to just bask in that for a while.