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
Win and you’re in.
The Huskies are in the championship game of the Hockey East tournament for the first time since some time in the eighties. This team has never looked better. Score aside, they smashed BC last night. Northeastern is rolling.
Lowell has to be gassed. They essentially played two games in a row last night. I know they have Kevin Boyle. He’s awesome. He’s their team. Northeastern played a team last night in a similar situation. They put up five on Demko, and a much better defense than the River Hawks’. A goalie alone can’t stop this offense. They’re too hot. I feel so good about this it.
I know this isn’t the preview this game deserves but I’m too excited to sit here and write it all out. There’s plenty of real life writers talking about the Huskies now. Let’s get after it tonight.
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.
I’m going to keep this one nice and short. Believe it or not, nothing really has changed since my last two posts about the Huskies or Black Bears. Northeastern is still good. Maine is still bad.
The Huskies should have absolutely no problem with this round of the playoffs. The only difference between these two games and the last two games is that I’d expect them both to look like Saturday night’s game and less like Friday’s. Literally the only thing I’m worried about this weekend is coming out of it with everyone healthy. The Saturday game meant absolutely nothing for the Black Bears; they were locked into their position in the tournament. They still acted like goons when things went south. I can see things getting a whole lot worse when their facing the end of their season. There’s a few key pieces on this team with very recent concussion issues. I’m sure the team makes it out of this weekend, let’s hope all the players do, too.
Head on a swivel out there.
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:
The regular season comes to a close this weekend as the Huskies host the Maine
Panthers Black Bears and newly extended head coach Red Gendron for two at Historic Matthews Arena. This series doesn’t really mean a whole lot for Northeastern who’s already locked into the sixth spot in the Hockey East tournament, but let’s take a look at what we have.
Maine is not good. They’re currently tied with UConn for second to last in Hockey East. While their goaltending and defense have been bad (team save percentage of .904, 3.24 goals against per game), it’s the offense that is truly noteworthy for the Black Bears. Maine is dead last in the conference in scoring offense, averaging under two goals per game. The closest team to them, Vermont, is an over ten percent increase in scoring away. The special teams aren’t helping things either. Their powerplay is converting at the second worst rate in Hockey East, and they’ve given up the second highest amount of goals on the penalty kill. Maine also has a fun tendency to allow teams to score late in games, giving up the highest total of third period goals in the conference. Things could be better up in Orono.
As has been well documented, Northeastern has been cruising. They should have no trouble against Maine at home. While the Huskies are locked in to the sixth spot in the tournament, there are some implications of this game. Maine, UConn, Merrimack, and UNH are all possible first round opponents. If Northeastern sweeps Maine, they’ll stay in the eleventh spot and play the Huskies again. If Maine can get a point and UNH sweeps UConn, UConn will fall to eleventh. If Maine gets two against Northeastern and Merrimack is swept, they could fall to eleventh. UNH falling to eleventh is a distant possibility if they’re swept by UConn, Maine gets three points, and Merrimack gets two. Also, there’s the distant, but still existing, possibility of an NCAA tournament appearance! Even though the Huskies’ place is set, there are things riding on this game for them.
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