Well this weekend didn’t leave a very good taste in my mouth. Heading into the games I really thought that Northeastern would come away with at least a win. They didn’t.
Friday Northeastern and BC skated to a tie, but the Huskies deserved better than that. The first period especially was filled with grade A chances but Northeastern couldn’t put anything past Thatcher Demko. The Huskies finally beat him for a goal in the second period with a weird, pop up that got behind him. After taking the lead, it seemed like Northeastern started to play much more defensively. BC really started to control play and began piling up chances, especially late in the third period. Eventually BC was able to feed an open skater in front who put one over Witt’s shoulder to tie the game with two minutes left, which would end up being the final outcome. Northeastern outplayed BC for the majority of that game. The Dog House was packed and really loud. I really feel that Northeastern deserved the win in that game, but they couldn’t cash in on their opportunities.
The Saturday game was another story. Northeastern certainly controlled play in the beginning of the game and was rewarded for it with a Torin Snydeman goal about halfway through the period. After that, it was all BC. The Eagles did a much better job keeping the Huskies out of their zone and possessed the puck for most of the game. Clay Witt allowed some uncharacteristically weak goals, including one from behind the net that went off his blocker. He wasn’t helped out by the defense in front of him who didn’t put any pressure on BC skaters in the defensive zone and really struggled to clear pucks out from in front of the net. Northeastern certainly did not play well enough to win, or even compete in this game.
I said in the preview that Northeastern’s powerplay would be important if they were to beat BC this weekend. The Huskies’ one goal on Friday was a powerplay goal, but that is about all the success they had this weekend. The powerplay was abysmal on Saturday, not scoring on SEVEN chances. They had two separate five on three situations, one of which was for a full two minutes. The cherry on top is that they actually GAVE UP A GOAL on one of their powerplays. Northeastern had all the momentum in the world coming into this weekend and once again couldn’t beat BC. The Huskies could have really used a good result from this weekend because it doesn’t get any easier with two road games at Vermont next week, then Notre Dame, and the Beanpot after that. Hopefully the frustration from this weekend doesn’t linger and the boys can move on.
PS – I also want to say that Thatcher Demko was amazing this weekend. He was the reason BC got a tie on Friday and was excellent again on Saturday.