Last post of the season, here it is, the All Hockey East Hair Team:
F: Kevin Roy, Northeastern
F: Nikolas Olsson, BU
F: Gage Hough, Lowell
D: Mike Lee, Vermont
D: Conor Riley, Maine
G: Connor LaCouvee, BU
F: Nick Master, Lowell
F: Ryan Badger, UMass
F: Ludvig Larsson, Merrimack
D: Mark Hamilton, Maine
D: Eric Williams, Northeastern
G: Derick Roy, Northeastern
This year’s version was actually much harder than the last. There were a lot of good heads I had to leave off, especially from Northeastern (Jamieson, Griffin, etc.). Our Huskies and the Terriers from BU continue their strong showing from last season. Both Lowell and Maine significantly improved in the hair game, while Providence seemingly fell off a cliff. Overall, the Catholic schools had absolutely terrible flow. BC and Notre Dame had some of the worst collective hair I’ve ever seen. This is yet another area where Hockey East will not miss the Irish departure. Overall I was impressed though. Let’s keep it up for next year.
PS – If you still haven’t seen it yet, here’s this year’s version of the video that inspired the All Hockey East Hair Team:
PPS – Shoutout to this kid for having incredible 80s movie villain hair
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.
Northeastern wasn’t letting the lack of a football team get in the way of participating in bowl season. In case you have somehow managed not to hear, Michigan State is coming to Matthews this weekend with their hockey team and a couple of their less popular teams. Presenting: The Roby Bowl
The capstone of this weekend’s bonanza is a matchup between two teams in the bottom 20% of college hockey. The Huskies will have their hands full with this red hot team. The only win the Spartans have since sweeping UNH on November 6th and 7th (lol) is against Wisconsin. Michigan State
On the flip side, Northeastern has been looking better lately. The Huskies were the best team last weekend against one of the best teams in the country in BC. The week before that, Northeastern picked up their first win since week one. Things are looking up at Historic Matthews Arena!
In all seriousness, this is a really cool event. It’s rare to see campus buzzing about sports events. It definitely is this weekend, even with finals and kids going home for break. I really hope we get more of these going forward. It’s cool for other schools to bring multiple teams over, and gives Northeastern students a chance to see big name programs. Kudos, Roby.
The Huskies are coming off their first win since week one, and a solid performance against a top-five team in the country.
On the other side of the ice are the Boston College Eagles. BC leads Hockey East in just about every single category. They have the best scoring offense in the conference with 4.54 goals per game and the best scoring defense, giving up only 1.23 goals per game. Goalie Thatcher Demko has been one of the best players in the country with his .953 save percentage. While BC has taken by far the most penalties in Hockey East, they have the best penalty kill to go along with it. The only thing the Eagles aren’t best in the conference in is the powerplay, where they sit in the middle of the pack. Even with a conference average powerplay, they still lead in net special teams.
BC hasn’t lost a game since week two against RPI, and has been on an eleven game win streak since then. The only game that has been even close since then was a 4-3 win over Denver in October. They’ve been so dominant that when I looked up their corsi close (conference leading 59.4% for what it’s worth), there were over 300 more shot attempts in non-close situations than there were in close situations. BC hasn’t even had to break a sweat.
Northeastern certainly has its work cut out for it this weekend against a very tough opponent, who they haven’t had much success against in the past. But hey, nobody thought they’d beat them in the first round of the Bean pot last year. It can happen.
10/10/15: Northeastern 2, Colgate 1
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
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.
2/3/15: Northeastern 3, BC 2
Last night in the first round of the Beanpot, Northeastern carried on what appears to be a couple traditions: playing in another close Beanpot game and making it to the championship game.
I’ve missed a couple posts now between moving back to Boston, starting a new job, and the internet being out, but hopefully I should be good to go from now on. My cable and internet were still out Monday night and I really lucked out with the game being postponed. Sometimes things just have a way of working out (by harassing Verizon).
The Huskies were able to snap BC’s five year streak of Beanpot championships and make it to their third straight championship game. It was the powerplay again that came up big for Northeastern, scoring two in the second period (they also gave up a goal but we won so it doesn’t count). To be honest, I was super skeptical of having Saucerman playing the wing on the powerplay at first but it has worked out. He does a great job finishing from the left side of the net, although this one wasn’t particularly difficult. On the other side, the Huskies did a good job staying out of the box, taking only one penalty. Clay Witt was his usual great self. You can’t blame him for the goals he gave up; both were on breakaways and he even stopped the initial shot on one of them. He was alone with shooters a few times and made some big saves.
To be honest though I was completely convinced Northeastern was going to lose this game. BC was able to answer the two leads and for some reason I couldn’t shake the feeling. But Dustin Darou (really, Darou) came out of nowhere to give the Huskies the lead with a minute and a half left. The dude has only played in half the games this season. He had one goal in his entire career coming into the game. But, when BC decided to give him all the time and space in the world, he made them pay for it by putting one in the far corner past Demko. It was a pretty sweet moment to see a guy who was only in the lineup because of injuries take down the Boston College Eagles in the Beanpot.
It was an awesome game made even better by beating BC. I’ve felt awful all day and have been completely useless at work but the team made it worth waiting the extra 90 minutes for the undercard to finish and getting home at 1:30 (still would have been worth it anyway, but whatever you get the point). The defense will have to play better next week against BU for Beanpot to finally come back to Northeastern. Some of their breakaways were inexcusable, but anything can happen in one game. Plus, I heard Eichel might go to the Q.