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.
The Huskies will start out this year’s Beanpot against last year’s champion, BU.
Northeastern lost the two previous games against BU earlier in the year, a wild game at Agganis and the homecoming game at Historic Matthews Arena. They come into the Beanpot with a 5-1-1 record in January, kicked off with a win over Harvard. Their only non-win results came against BC. The Terrier’s are Hockey East’s best possession team with a 55.4 close CF%. Like last year’s team, they are incredible in the third period. BU has scored just one fewer goal in the third period than in the first and in second combined. Northeastern fans are all too aware of how well they finish out games.
But, the Huskies are looking pretty good themselves. As you may have heard, Northeastern is on the longest unbeaten streak in the country. The team hasn’t lost in almost two months. They’ve been great offensively, and while BU’s Sean Maguire has been better in net recently, he hasn’t had a great season. The Huskies have also won four of their last five first round games. It hasn’t really been this round of the tournament that’s been an issue.
Northeastern will also be featuring Kevin Roy, who tends to be pretty good in Beanpots. Three years ago he won MVP as a freshman. Through his first three years, he’s already Northeastern’s leader in career Beanpot points. If Roy scores one more point, he’ll enter the top 25 Beanpot scorers of all time. Hopefully he’ll have himself another big tournament.
Edit: as pointed out by Mike Downie, that’s actually not true. My bad.
Look, BU is a good team that’s playing well recently. But, so is Northeastern. I ain’t scared. See you Monday.
2/23/15: Northeastern 3, BU 4 (OT)
2/27/15: Northeastern 6, BU 5
2/28/15: Northeastern 1, BU 6
Well this was not a good week for our guys. It started out Monday with another crushing Beanpot loss, and ended last night getting run off the ice on Senior Night.
Northeastern played a great game in the Beanpot final. Ending aside, they played well. After a bad second period where they fell behind by two, the Huskies came back to tie the game against what may be the best third period team in the country. Although the outcome was awful and terrible and horrible and everything bad, Northeastern did play well.
The Huskies also had an incredible half of a game against BU on Friday night. Northeastern outshot BU 20-7 in the first period, and continued that trend for the first half of the second. Northeastern was up 6-2 on BU and completely dominating the game. The Huskies then almost blew the game, giving up three unanswered goals to the Terriers. The team carried that on to Senior Night on Saturday, getting the doors completely blown off. They spent the whole game chasing BU around in their own end and absolutely couldn’t get anything going.
I don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, but the penalties are killing this team. They’d done a good job cutting back somewhat, but they were a big part of each of these games. It was a penalty at the start of overtime in the Beanpot final that lost that game. BU powerplay goals almost cost Northeastern the game on Friday, after being up by four goals. Although they were outplayed in almost every aspect of Saturday’s game, the Huskies did take eight penalties. They weren’t going to win that game anyway, but the point still stands. Northeastern can’t take these stupid penalties, especially given how bad their penalty kill is. It was a huge problem during the early season winless streak, and I’d hate to see it become a huge problem again with the Hockey East playoffs starting.
2/20/15: Northeastern 6, Maine 4
2/21/15: Northeastern 3, Maine 6
Well thanks a lot Maine. You ruined it.
Northeastern’s win streak ended last night at seven and now it looks like a very, very long shot the Huskies make the NCAA tournament. Although they remain at 18 in the PairWise, Northeastern pretty much needed a sweep this weekend to gain some ground on the teams ahead of them. The NCAA tournament looks to likely be out of reach at this point, barring a Hockey East championship.
Other than the four goal first period on Friday, the Huskies did not look very good. They were outplayed in just about every other period, especially in the game on Saturday. I’m not sure if the team took the foot off the gas, assuming that Maine would be an easier opponent than they were, but they certainly were out worked. While Maine was doing a great job in front of the net and getting rebounds, Northeastern defensively was standing around and not doing a whole lot of anything. Except for the first period of the series, this was an ugly weekend of Northeastern hockey.
Now that we have that out of the way, hopefully the Huskies can erase that from their minds and focus on a HUGE week with three against BU, then the Hockey East tournament. I moved on past this weekend and on to the Beanpot pretty much instantly after the final whistle blew. Let’s just pretend this weekend never happened. I’ll see you tomorrow at the Garden.
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.