Like I said in the preview, I knew we had this one the whole time. Never a doubt in my mind. This weekend Northeastern marched right into Gutterson Fieldhouse and walked out with both Hockey East points and a tie in that in-conference non-conference game on Saturday.
Friday night’s win was one of the best games the Huskies played all year. Other than taking way more penalties than their opponent (again), they did just about everything right and, to use one of my favorite cliches, played a complete game. The penalty kill was good enough. Derick Roy got the start and was great in goal. Northeastern was able to sustain possessions in the offensive zone and was quick to get Vermont out of their own end. The four goals scored by Northeastern in that game were more than Vermont had allowed in any game all season. It was a great performance that I think we all saw coming.
I wasn’t able to see most of Saturday’s game, but from what I can see in the box score, it was tougher game than the previous one. The Huskies took another five penalties in this game and it cost them. Both of Vermont’s goals came off the powerplay, including a 5 on 3. Derick Roy was in net again for Northeastern and stopped 30 shots as the Huskies were outshot in the game, especially in the third period. Roy has been great recently, which Coach Madigan says is the reason for him getting the starts, not due to any injury to Witt. I hope that’s actually the case.
Although ties are always a little disappointing, this weekend was not. Taking the two Hockey East points is a big coup for this team. Vermont is a very good team and has certainly shown it this season. Northeastern will be looking for all the conference points it can get as it looks for home ice in the Hockey East tournament.