The Huskies lost to St. Francis 8-5 in an exhibition game on Sunday. The game was extremely chippy and featured a lot of power plays for both teams. The Huskies went 4-8 which is encouraging.
Coach Madigan was pleased with the display, but admitted there was some areas that needed improvement.
Rob Dongara, Justin Daniels (2), Garrett Vermeersch and Mike McLaughlin all had goals. Anthony Bitetto, Vermeersch, Braden Pimm, Daniels, and Luke Eibler all had multi-point games.
Each goaltender got one period. Chris Rawlings allowed 1 goal on 12 shots, Bryan Mountain allowed 1 goal on 7 shots, and Clay Witt allowed 6 goals on 14 shots, effectively ending any debate on who will be the starter this year (if there ever was one).
Steve Quailer and Cody Ferriero missed the exhibition game and will miss this weekends games due to suspension resulting from a violation of team rules that occurred last year. Coach Madigan has said that they have been practicing with the team and there have been no issues this year. Ludwig Karlsson will sit out this weekend as well due to eligibility issues.
Drew Daniels, Steve Quailer and Anthony Bitetto will serve as Alternate Captains to senior Captain Mike McLaughlin this season.
Northeastern will be holding its first hockey FanFest this Wednesday at 6pm. It is free and it will feature a skills competition between the men and women’s teams. Both head coaches as well as some players are scheduled to speak. They will also be giving away free Doghouse Shirts.
Notre Dame (who the Huskies will play in South Bend this fall) looks set to join Hockey East for 2012.