3/18/16: Northeastern 5, BC 4
THEY MADE IT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY BEAT BC. THE HUSKIES DOMINATED ALL NIGHT. THEY WERE INCREDIBLE. THE EAGLES STUNK. THE ONLY GOOD PLAYER IN WHITE TONIGHT WAS DEMKO. THEIR TEAM BARELY SHOWED UP, JUST LIKE THEIR FANS. IT WAS BASICALLY A HOME GAME FOR NORTHEASTERN. WE SMOKED THEM. I CAN’T WAIT FOR TOMORROW.
For the first time in a long time Northeastern is hosting a playoff series. I went my entire time at Northeastern without seeing a playoff game in Matthews. This is a long time coming.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, the opponent is a red hot Merrimack team. The Warriors have gone over a month without a single win in an amazing run of consistency. They’ve gone 0-8-1 in that stretch, matching what our very own Huskies accomplished in the early part of the season. Northeastern’s defense has been shaky and struggled with getting the puck out of their own end these past couple weeks, which feeds right into the strengths of the Warriors. Merrimack is a possession force, being outshot by just 86 shots on the season. They also sport a top 11 scoring offense in the conference. The Huskies have been getting themselves back into penalty trouble against Maine and BU, and we all know the penalty kill is the worst aspect of this team. Again, we run into another strength for Merrimack, who own a top 10 Hockey East powerplay. With a team as ready to take advantage of the Huskies’ weaknesses, I’d actually consider Northeastern lucky to make it out of the octo-final.
In all seriousness, the only real chance Merrimack has is if their goalie, Tirronen, is able to steal two games in this three game series. He has been shaky since the new year started, but he’s shown the ability to stand on his head and have some big games. In Merrimack’s only conference win of 2015, Tirronen posted 51 (!) saves. He obviously has ability, but he’d have to overcome a team surrounding him that’s on one of the worst skids of the season. Merrimack has been awful and is not poised to take advantage of any of the weaknesses Northeastern has shown in the past couple weeks. I’d be surprised if I end up needing my ticket for Sunday.
Huge challenge here for the Huskies as finals are rolling in to Boston to take on Northeastern. This is what the whole first half of the year has been leading up to. Hours every day have been spent by the team preparing for this week.
It’s going to be a tough match for the Huskies. With the inconsistency the team has shown throughout the season, having one shot at this is essentially a toss up. Are we going to get the kind of showing where they look really impressive and put up a high scoring performance? Or do we see them sitting in their own zone, looking perplexed?
Personally, I believe in the team and think they’ll come out of this week with some points. All everyone is talking about on campus this week is how to take down finals. For the first time this year, the entire campus is with the Huskies.