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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Week 12 Preview: Michigan State

Dylan Sikura

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.