Week 20 Reaction: Not Great, Bob

Mike Jamieson

2/23/15: Northeastern 3, BU 4 (OT)

2/27/15: Northeastern 6, BU 5

2/28/15: Northeastern 1, BU 6

Well this was not a good week for our guys.  It started out Monday with another crushing Beanpot loss, and ended last night getting run off the ice on Senior Night.

Northeastern played a great game in the Beanpot final.  Ending aside, they played well.  After a bad second period where they fell behind by two, the Huskies came back to tie the game against what may be the best third period team in the country.  Although the outcome was awful and terrible and horrible and everything bad, Northeastern did play well.

The Huskies also had an incredible half of a game against BU on Friday night.  Northeastern outshot BU 20-7 in the first period, and continued that trend for the first half of the second.  Northeastern was up 6-2 on BU and completely dominating the game.  The Huskies then almost blew the game, giving up three unanswered goals to the Terriers.  The team carried that on to Senior Night on Saturday, getting the doors completely blown off.  They spent the whole game chasing BU around in their own end and absolutely couldn’t get anything going.

I don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, but the penalties are killing this team.  They’d done a good job cutting back somewhat, but they were a big part of each of these games.  It was a penalty at the start of overtime in the Beanpot final that lost that game.  BU powerplay goals almost cost Northeastern the game on Friday, after being up by four goals.  Although they were outplayed in almost every aspect of Saturday’s game, the Huskies did take eight penalties.  They weren’t going to win that game anyway, but the point still stands.  Northeastern can’t take these stupid penalties, especially given how bad their penalty kill is.  It was a huge problem during the early season winless streak, and I’d hate to see it become a huge problem again with the Hockey East playoffs starting.

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