Week 12 Reaction: Merry Christmas To All

Eric Williams

12/19/15: Northeastern 2, Michigan State 1

Twas the night after finals and all through Northeastern

The students were buzzing for a basketball feature

The signs were all hung around campus with care

In preparation that Tom Izzo soon would be there

The students were drinking all day at their pregames

With visions of upsetting number one in their brains

And I in my old husky sweater

Was driving to Matthews to see it better

When out in the barn there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my car to see what was the matter

Away down St. Botolph I flew like a flash

Threw open the big double doors with a smash

The demonic husky with eyes glowing red

Gave the luster of mid-day to that stuff I just said

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear

But a hockey rink, with a full team out here

With a coach whose hair so parted in the mid

I knew in a moment it must be Coach Madigan

More rapid than eagles his players they came

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name

“Now Fennell, now Stevens, now Aston-Reese, and McMurtry

“On Sikura, on Williams, on Gaudette, and Benning

“To the slot, to the dirty areas, along the half wall

“Now get the puck in deep and cycle it, all”

As dry leaves that before the hurricane fly

When they heard the whistle, took to the ice

So out on the surface to play a game, they skate

Against the basketball opponent: Michigan State

And then in a twinkling, I saw the game start

A wonderful sight, that just warms the heart

As I took my seat and was looking around

A cutting McMurtry, Brendan Collier found

He was cutting through the slot from the left to the right

When he put the puck past the goalie, though the window was tight

And the Huskies took that good play to the second

The forecheck was working, a force with which to be reckoned

The team, how they played, the Doghouse, how merry

The Stevens to ZAR pass topped it off like a cherry

The puck had spit out, Spartans down for a shot

And Aston-Reese by the net was apparently forgot

The Huskies took that second period with ease

Skating around Michigan State in circles, like a wreath

They had a few chances on our goalie Ruck

But when trying to score they were out of luck

Sure, they got one back in period three

But it was a skate in the crease that scored for the green

A solid shift after for the white, black, and red

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread

They seemed not bothered, but went straight to their work

As all of Michigan State played like a collective jerk

The final buzzer buzzed, the good guys up in the score

And Jim Madigan fist pumped, as the victor

He hopped off the bench, to his team gave a whistle

And off the ice they all skated after their dismissal

But I heard him exclaim, as he walked out of sight

“Happy Christmas to all, and #badboysforlife”

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