Week 9 Preview: Providence

Kevin Roy

The Huskies will try to keep the momentum going, having won three of their last four, against Providence.  The schedule’s a little different this week, hosting the Friars tomorrow (Wednesday) night, and playing a day game in Providence on Saturday.

Coming off a huge win against Minnesota, Northeastern has quite a challenge facing them.  Providence is on a streak of their own, winning their last three. The Friars haven’t allowed more than two goals in a game since Halloween.  That’s eight games.  Jon Gillies is coming off an incredible run these past few weekends in net, saving all 43 shots he faced against Boston College on Saturday.

There is something to be said for the possession story, though.  Although Madigan likes to downplay possession as an important factor in the game, Northeastern has been dominating in shots recently.  Providence, for all their defensive prowess, has been outshot on the year.  If Northeastern can keep up the work in the offensive zone, both holding onto the puck and aggressively forechecking, and continue to win faceoffs they stand a good chance of being able to penetrate Providence’s defense and put enough past Gillies to keep the positive momentum going.  If they win tomorrow, they’d even have a winning streak!

PS – Pretty disappointing to see such a small student turnout for the last game.  I know it was break and the team got off to a rough start, but Minnesota was ranked third in the country.  There are no classes Thursday and the team is on a tear so no excuses.  Come out and support the team.

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