What a way to start the season. The Huskies came out firing on opening night.
Northeastern looked much, much better than the final score would indicate. They absolutely dominated the first two periods of the game. It felt like Colgate was barely ever in the Northeastern zone, with the obvious exception of the goal when the Huskies were unable to clear. The Huskies did a really good job both maintaining possession of the puck in the Colgate end, and trapping the Raiders in there when they did manage to get it back. In total, Northeastern out-attempted Colgate by 30, completely controlling play.
The Colgate goalie Charlie Finn was the only thing stopping this game from being an absolute bloodbath. He made 41 saves on the night, some of them on really good Northeastern chances. Have to give it up to that dude, he’s played really well against Northeastern going back to his two shutouts last season.
Derick Roy also had a great game in net. Let’s be honest, although Northeastern played great, the defense hung him out to dry in some spots, especially in the third. Colgate had a few breakaway chances and Roy held his ground. The play of the defensemen was the only thing I saw in the game that made me a little nervous. There were some bad exchanges between partners and we saw guys getting caught out of position and unable to chase down the breaking Colgate players. I’m sure that’s the kind of stuff that will smooth out with time. Hopefully that won’t be an issue going forward.
The last thing I want to do in this post is to call attention to the game winning goal from Nolan Stevens. I don’t really have much to say about it other than it is incredible and I’ve watched it like 45 times today.
PS – Wanted to give a shout out to former Northeastern Husky Ryan Belonger for scoring the game winner for Arizona State’s first win with 30 seconds left in the game