2/26/16: Northeastern 5, Maine 3
2/27/16: Northeastern 7, Maine 1
The Huskies completely demolished Maine this weekend, sending them back to their sad, cold campus in the woods empty-handed. Despite the Black Bears’ best efforts to goon it up Northeastern kept calm for the most part and made them pay for their cheap shots.
For about 110 of the 120 minutes the two teams played this week, the Huskies completely controlled play. Friday’s game had a few worrisome minutes where Maine came back and tied the game at the end of the first, and the Black Bears started out pretty well on Saturday, but that was it. They were rarely threatening outside of those two periods. While a lot of that has to do with them being bad at hockey, you can also attribute some of that to their insistence on playing the game on the penalty kill. Maine racked up 50 penalty minutes on Saturday alone. Northeastern certainly took advantage of those opportunities, scoring four powerplay goals.
I absolutely loved that all the way to the end the Huskies kept up the pressure. Tanner Pond scored a powerplay goal at the very end of the game to make it 7-1. No mercy. If anyone deserves to get the score run up on them, it’s this Maine team. They couldn’t skate with Northeastern so they started taking cheap shots and the Huskies buried them. Kevin Roy had a (kind of) Gordie Howe hat trick. Good. Can’t wait to see them next weekend and end their season.
PS – It was nice to see Derick Roy get in the game at the end. He made one of the best saves we’ve seen all year in his limited time in net:
Inspired by my favorite video series of all time, I decided to name my All Hockey East Hair Team. There were a lot of tough decisions and had to leave off a few deserving names, but this is the best of the best. Anyway, feel free to disagree but here you go.
F: Patrick Lee, UMass F: Mike Jamieson, Northeastern F: Mark Jankowski, Providence
D: Brien Diffley, BU D: Anthony Florentino, Providence G: Derick Roy, Northeastern
F: Conor MacPhee, Providence F: Nikolas Olsson, BU F: Riley McDougall, UMass
D: Johnny Austin, UConn D: Dylan Zink, Lowell G: Anthony Moccia, BU
Big time showing from Providence and BU with three players each. Half of the teams in the conference didn’t have a single representative. Our Northeastern Huskies are in pretty good shape with two players, but there’s room for improvement. I’d like to see them take the lead next year; they’re returning a lot of talent. Big time thank you to everyone above for having great hair.
Happy Holidays, here’s a game against UMass!
Northeastern has a Tuesday night non-conference game against UMass this week because who needs to make sense? The Huskies will look to avenge the loss to the Minutemen earlier this season when losses were the new black. I expect a Northeastern win out in Amherst. As much as we all like to poke fun at the Northeastern’s dysfunction, UMass is on a whole other level.
The Minutemen sport the conference’s worst defense and are somehow posting even more penalty minutes per game than the Huskies. Their goalie, freshman Henry Dill, ranks dead last in Hockey East for both save percentage and goals against average, though he did post 42 saves in the earlier game at Matthews. UMass has won just one game in the past month. But hey, according to their website all they do is win!
One potential game changer UMass has up their collective sleeve is the addition of Brandon Montour. Montour has left the Waterloo Black Hawks to join the Minutemen and is eligible to play after not clearing for NCAA hockey for the first semester. He was the 2013-14 USHL Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year and was drafted in the second round of this past NHL draft by Anaheim. Montour is known as a very offensively talented defenseman. Regardless of his presence, the Huskies should be able to get a win against a pretty bad UMass team in Amherst and head into the break continuing this positive ride.